Lighthouse Cinema

116 Suffolk Street,
New York, NY 10002

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Lighthouse Cinema, New York City, NY

The last of true experimental film houses in Manhattan, the Lighthouse Cinema ran everything from Japanese avant-garde shorts to vintage gay porn from its opening in 1996 to closing a year later in 1997.

In 2017 it is the Spreadhouse cafe. By July 2019 it was in use as a film production office.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 4, 2008 at 7:24 am

The Lighthouse had 75 seats.

theonlydennisnyback on July 7, 2014 at 12:07 pm

The Lighthouse Cinema was owned and operated by Dennis Nyback. It was in business for less than one year; closing in the fall of 1996.

SingleScreen on June 22, 2017 at 4:12 am

I actually attended a screening at this cinema. I was literally the only person in the audience, and Dennis was kind enough the screen the film for me. The film was “Vampira: About Sex, Death and Taxes.” You can find my review of the experience on IMDB

SingleScreen on June 22, 2017 at 4:22 am

To be fair, the Lighthouse didn’t always screen to audiences of one. A short time after my experience there, I hear of (but did not attend) a sold out standing-room only screening of a 1960s documentary featuring Mike Wallace. It was a television documentary titled The Homosexuals and you can read about it here:

davidcoppock on June 22, 2017 at 6:13 am

Why the name Lighthouse?

theonlydennisnyback on January 27, 2019 at 10:35 am

The Kuchar event at the Lighthouse is available to read.

SingleScreen on January 29, 2019 at 11:43 am

That is a great article, Dennis. Thank you for sharing that here!

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