- Walter Reade Theater
165 W. 65th St.; 212-875-5600
Cinema purists have much to love at the Walter Reade, with its 268 comfortable seats, 35-foot-wide screen, film and high-definition-video projectors, and cutting-edge Dolby sound. What really keeps the snobs coming back is the Reade’s programming of hyperobscure foreign and art films (like the Iranian feminist soccer drama Offsides and Chinese filmmaker Tian Zhuangzhuang’s The Go Master). The theater is also the home of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and hosts the annual New York Film Festival, where movies like The Queen and Volver make their American debuts. Bonus: It even won an award for being accessible to people with disabilities.
Best Classic Movie House
From the 2007 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).