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Favourite Movie Theatre in either Manhattan or Brooklyn

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Favourite Movie Theatre in either Manhattan or Brooklyn

I have never been to the movies on previous trips to NYC. I have promised my other half's teenage son that we will go and see the Hobbit one evening during our visit. Can I have some recommendations for your favourite movie theatre whether it be comfy seats, screen, general ambience.

I also believe that unlike movie theatres in the UK that when you buy your ticket you aren't allocated an actual seat - is that right?

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1. Re: Favourite Movie Theatre in either Manhattan or Brooklyn

Right, except for screenings at film festivals, which occasionally assign seats, movies are general admission.

In Brooklyn, you might enjoy Nitehawk, which serves cooked food, has waiters, etc.:

http://www.nitehawkcinema.com/nitehawk.php

Also in Brooklyn, the programming at BAM tends to be good:

http://www.bam.org/BAMcinematek

In Manhattan, our favorite is Film Forum, though that's just for the programming (the seats and screens aren't great).

http://www.filmforum.org/

IFC Center shows a lot of interesting movies and is more comfortable than Film Forum:

http://www.ifccenter.com/

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If what you would like to see is at the Ziegfeld, I highly recommend going there. One of the few (the only?) old, glitzy large theaters - not divided into a 12-plex.

The Film Forum is good.

No, I dont believe there are any movie theaters here with reserved seats. It was tried a few years ago, but I dont think it took off.

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Oh, I read right past the part where you said you wanted to see the Hobbit. You won't find that at any of the movie theaters we mentioned.

If it's not playing at the Ziegfeld -- which is a great suggestion on evening's part -- you'll need to go to one of the big chains that show mainstream movies. In New York, those are AMC or Regal. It's really six of one, a half-dozen of the other when it comes to those -- they're all pretty much the same.

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4. Re: Favourite Movie Theatre in either Manhattan or Brooklyn

Lincoln Plaza or Kips Bay in Manhattan have it in IMAX

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I am particularly fond of Kips Bay for regular release movies (as opposed to artsy ones) though it isn't as easily accessible as some other theaters by public transit. Union Square is also nicely maintained.

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Can't remember the last time I went to see a film in the UK and had a pre-allocated seat! That must be aLondon only thing....

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When I'm in the city I actually prefer the AMC and Regal on 42nd over the rest of the big ones. Big, comfy and sounds great. Need to buy ahead of time for the popular ones

About once a year however we do the pilgrimage to Angelica or Lincoln Center for the foreign stuff and sit through the credits with the rest of the elite crowd pretending we read arabic

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8. Re: Favourite Movie Theatre in either Manhattan or Brooklyn

You are all fabulous. Thank you!! I promise to do a trip report on my return!!

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