Film Forum

209 W. Houston Street,
New York, NY 10014

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Film Forum

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The Film Forum was formed in 1970 and has been at its current location since 1989.

One of New York City’s BEST theaters. Shows independent and revival films. Has many film festivals. Highlights have included an Ealing film retrospective, Varda retrospective. Looks retro in the front.

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mhvbear
mhvbear on May 28, 2015 at 7:15 am

Programing is great here but the theaters have small screens and extremely uncomfortable seating.

bshapiro
bshapiro on May 28, 2015 at 7:23 am

At least for this 6'3" person, I find the seats comfortable enough, if not up to stadium seat standards. The screens are relatively small, but the projection is consistently high quality. And no 10 minute stream of ads before the movies. And top-notch baked goods and popcorn and coffee beverages.

vindanpar
vindanpar on October 28, 2015 at 6:54 am

Presentation of films here is always top notch. Though I believe they squeezed in more seats in the revival room(can’t really call it a theater) because my knees now hit the seat in front of me which didn’t happen before.

My only problem is the size of the wide screen which is really a joke. They might as well set up a flat screen tv in front of the audience and show it on dvd.

They are showing Spartacus for a week. They might as well be showing a three strip This Is Cinerama for all the sense that makes.

bshapiro
bshapiro on October 28, 2015 at 7:21 am

Film Forum has a small screen for Cinemascope, to be sure…but quality careful projection (and of 35mm prints often), good sound—and the fact that a revival screen exists at all anymore, programming by smart folks with solid connections to archives and studio vaults worldwide…I’m grateful for the place.

Given the nature of New York real estate, its a small miracle that Film Forum exists at all. I guess the price to pay is the small screen. I would die to see films there BIG, but I’m willing to pay that price. The only other non-profit theater in Manhattan is Anthology Film Archives, and that’s because they own their building.

vindanpar
vindanpar on October 29, 2015 at 8:55 am

I myself am grateful for the place. Bruce is a wonderful programmer and Steve Sterner should be in every issue of New York magazine’s The Best of New York.

I just will not see wide screen films there because they seem pointless. But then there isn’t one wide screen in NY that can do justice to old wide screen films while it seems there are several on the west coast which sadly enough I can’t get to.

Oddly enough the old Film Forum had a very good wide screen in the right side cinema which hit you head on. Too bad they couldn’t design a similar one for this space.

Another big caveat. Too many old films getting 1 to 3 week runs. And much fewer double bills. It wasn’t like this years ago. Most of these single film runs you would see on double bills that ran a day or two. I don’t care if they are DCP restorations they are a waste of time for those of us who have memberships and have already seen these films in excellent prints which Film Forum would often present anyway. Very frustrating.

Giles
Giles on January 20, 2016 at 7:36 pm

moviebuff82 – do you know if all three screens have 4K projector’s (and what brand)?

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on January 25, 2016 at 1:42 pm

not sure. With the closing of the Ziegfeld, the only way to see classic movies around manhattan in true HD will be this one, as well as Symphony Space, Walter Reade, and others.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on February 8, 2016 at 3:08 pm

Has the filmforum shown 3d movies?

bshapiro
bshapiro on February 8, 2016 at 3:12 pm

Yes, in fact they’re one of the very few theaters anywhere that runs 3D revivals using 35mm left/right prints on dual interlocked projectors.

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