New York City Guide
You don't have to be a native New Yorker to act like one—not if you use our New York City Guide
. Want to seamlessly travel between neighborhoods, find the city's best pizza or learn insider tips on hotels or permanent housing? Our New York City Web Guide points you to the Big Apple’s vast array of fun activities: Visit New York’s most famous attractions, see a show, catch the big game, attend a gallery opening, spot a celebrity and much more. We also offer a Spanish-language version of the Guide
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Not only is New York City the backdrop for some of the greatest movies ever made, it’s also full of opportunities to see those movies. No matter where you are, you’re almost guaranteed to find a New York City movie theater within walking distance. And there’s easy access to top independent and foreign films, New York City movie screenings of old classics and plenty of free flicks.
- Movie screenings can often be found at places you might not expect, such as museums or libraries. For example, movie screenings at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, are free with the $10 admission to the museum.
- In this section, we’ve listed unconventional movie spots and places to see movies for free. If you just want to see the latest summer blockbuster, try Fandango and search for movies in your zip code.
For free New York City movies …
Sony Wonder Technology Lab,
a free technology museum, offers free Saturday movies. Check the schedule and learn when and how to call to make a reservation.
shows free movies on Monday nights all summer. Visit the site for the schedule, and remember that although movies start at sundown, if you haven’t got your spot reserved by 6 p.m., you may not get one. Most viewers bring blankets to sit on and picnics to enjoy while they wait.
run by The L Magazine, shows free movies on Tuesday nights during the summer at the abandoned outdoor pool at McCarren Park in Williamsburg. Check the site for a flashy promotional video and a schedule.
Socrates Sculpture Park
in Long Island City, Queens, has a cultural festival that includes outdoor movies in the summertime. Check the site for activities and information about screenings.
For independent film …
is one of New York’s primary houses for independent film premieres. In addition to information about new movies, you’ll also find repertory programming, revivals, and special events such as Q&As. Check the schedule, and then buy your tickets directly from the site.
The Angelika Film Center
in SoHo shows a broad mix of independent films, and as New York’s most well-known art house, it’s a fun place to hang out before or after a film. Subscribe to the free newsletter
to get information about upcoming films as well as tickets to free screenings and other discount offers.
The IFC Center
also shows independent films. The theater has a bar and restaurant, and filmmakers occasionally speak at events. IFC also allows you to purchase tickets from the site.
the Brooklyn Academy of Music, offers new films, cinema classics and frequent guest speakers. Constructed in 1998, its four theaters have stadium seating and an excellent sound system.
For film festivals …
The Tribeca Film Festival
, although relatively young, has grown to be quite popular and equally trendy. Check the site for news, features, information on how to submit a film, and a schedule.
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