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Best Classic Movie House

  • 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.

From the 2007 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine