BAM Rose Cinemas

30 Lafayette Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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BAM Rose Cinemas

The BAM Rose Cinemas at the Brooklyn Academy of Music opened on November 12, 1998 and feature four screens of first-run and repertory art house programming.

Located in the former concert hall of the historic 1908 built, Brooklyn Academy of Music performing art center, the BAMcinematek series is one of its most popular, featuring filmmaker retrospectives and other screenings.

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teecee on May 19, 2005 at 11:49 am

Information & photos of the conversion of the playhouse to a cinema:

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irajoel on July 23, 2006 at 10:06 am

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tdivan on September 20, 2006 at 5:12 am

The BAM Rose Cinemas were created out of the space formerly occupied by BAM’s 1000-seat Carey Playhouse, named for the late wife of the former NY governor. You get a glorious, closeup view of the detail in the proscenium arch in the top-most theatre which is tucked just below the old ceiling.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 8, 2007 at 1:29 pm

Now, THIS is a beautiful place for repertory and offbeat film, including the occasional revival. Big screens, bright images, clear sound, high ceilings, great sightlines, theatrical ambiance…and only slightly uncomfortable seats (remember — one has to suffer for one’s art).

robboehm on October 29, 2010 at 5:44 am

As the Carey Playhouse I saw Gershwin’s “Tap Toes” featuring Georgia Engel and Rusty Thatcher. It’s always sad when a space named for someone is rededicated to someone else losing the heritage of the space and, sometimes, as in the case of Broadway Theatres, all references to names of the past. And just who is the Rose named for? We know the Harvey of the BAM Harvey.

cmbussmann on February 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm

BAM has really stepped up their rep showings in the past two years. Great stuff that’s often not on DVD: Shy People, The Keep, Times Square, etc. That plus their top-notch taste in first-run films keeps this place easily in my top-three for places to go in NYC. The crowd is always enthusiastic yet polite (no texting, etc) and the staff is great too. The four auditoriums are nice, though the one downstairs is a little small.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 21, 2015 at 1:01 pm

I heard on another thread that BAM recently messed up the changeover on Where Eagles Dare…!

theatrefan on September 22, 2015 at 8:22 am

Does BAM have the capability to show 70mm films?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 10, 2016 at 6:40 pm

I wonder how business is, now that the Alamo Drafhouse has opened down the road a bit…

digital3d on January 21, 2018 at 9:57 am

BAM will be playing “Black Panther” on the Steinberg Screen following their “Black Superheroes on Film” film series.

Nice to see a blockbuster playing here.

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