Angelika New York

18 W. Houston Street,
New York, NY 10012

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Angelika Film Center (Official)

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Operated by: Angelika Film Centers

Previously operated by: City Cinemas

Functions: Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent)

Styles: Beaux-Arts

Previous Names: Angelika Film Center

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 212.995.2570

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Angelika New York

Originally built in 1894 as a cable power building for the New York Cable Car Company, it was designed in a Beaux Arts style by noted architects McKim, Mead & White.

The Angelika Film Center opened on September 29, 1989, this New York theater is famous for helping to make independent films the vibrant part of the film industry they have become in recent years. Many of the best independent films of the past decade debuted at the Angelika during one of the many film festivals held at the theater.

As sometimes happens in the pricey real estate environment of New York City, the Angelika’s screens are located underground. Audiences enter on the ground level to a large and welcoming café, and then take escalators down to the theater level. Occupying the entire first floor, the café, a unique feature of the Angelika, is perhaps the most critical part of what has made the Angelika a success. Between festivals, it serves as an impromptu salon for tomorrow’s filmmakers. During festivals, it hosts scores of film industry types.

Architecturally, however, the theater is unremarkable and its screens draw constant complaints about their tiny size, poor sound, uncomfortable seats, and lack of sound proofing. It’s quite possible to hear the rumble of a subway train during a screening, as the Angelika is not far from a major subway station.

But as long as it serves up the very best of independent and foreign films, the Angelika’s audience will continue to embrace the theater. In early-2021 it was renamed Angelika New York.

Contributed by Belinda

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 21, 2014 at 11:42 am

Zoetmb is off the mark. Most Manhattan theatres are threatened by property values, not quality presentation, film choice, nor attendance. The Cinema 1-2-3 will eventually go as it is prime real estate. The Regal Union Square is going nowhere anytime soon as it is one the highest grossing in the city and has small ground level footprint.

Theatre owners did everything possible to delay DVD windows but the market forces made this unsustainable. Who cares about the window when audiences lose interest after two weeks anyway. Less theatres will help the remaining ones survive, and eventually every neighborhood will have one single multiplex serving it.

The mega chains are not so concerned about profits in NYC as long as the theatre is a cash cow that can produce quick revenue that can be invested elsewhere before the studio share is even due.

zoetmb on April 30, 2014 at 4:09 am

You say I’m off the mark and yet you agree with my specific comments:

Alvarez: You say that Manhattan theaters are threatened by property values and that’s EXACTLY what I said when I commented that “Especially in NYC where real-estate is very valuable, movie theaters will continue to close. ”

However I completely disagree with you when you say the mega-chains are not concerned about profits in NYC. I’m sure their shareholders would love to hear that. NYC used to be the place where they made all their money; NYC was the place where new technology premiered first, NYC (and Hollywood) is where all the premieres were held. No more. Dolby premiered Atmos in the area in a theatre in New Jersey! (OK, a few premieres are still held at the Ziegfeld).

Havens: When you say it’s what their base wants, there’s nothing that proves that. Since movie attendance is down, the case could be made that it’s just the opposite. Furthermore, even if you’re correct, that’s the “McDonald’s” approach to business. It might sometimes be profitable, but it sucks in every other respect.

You wrote: “If theatres are rushing to add dine-in options and bars and comfy leather recliner chairs, it’s because that is what their customer base wants.”

EXACTLY. That’s the point I made when I wrote that theaters must differentiate. Some theaters are differentiating by doing that, others by offering higher quality presentation (RPX/ETX/Atmos/IMAX) options. How does the Angelica differentiate other than playing some independent films? That was the point of my argument.

You wrote: “eventually every neighborhood will have one single multiplex serving it.”

Thereby proving my point that we’re losing theaters across the board for a variety of reasons.
And impossible anyway, since every neighborhood doesn’t have one single multiplex now. We will probably wind up with just one or two multiplexes per borough outside of Manhattan and perhaps five in Manhattan. Several more theaters closed recently: The Jackson Triplex, the BIG Cinemas on E59th St. and the Brandon Twin in Forest Hills. We’re now down to 26 theaters in Manhattan (199 screens) and 29 theaters in the four outer boroughs (232 screens).

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on April 30, 2014 at 8:40 am

Sorry, Zoetmb, but there is proof that’s what the base wants. It’s called “grosses.”

Also, your base assessment that “attendance is down” is as wrong-headed as most of your other judgements. 2013 attendance might have been down 1.4% versus 2012 attendance, but it was also up 4.7% over 2011 and flat against 2010. And movie attendance in the first four months of 2014 is up 7% over the first four months of 2013. Sure, it’s down from recent highs in 2002 and 2003, but what was happening in the world in 2002 and 2003 that might want people to escape from reality for a few hours more often than before, or since, that isn’t happening now? We’re not talking about Netflix or VOD here.

And the Angelika still does pretty damn good, business-wise, without an IMAX-like presentation, or stadium seating, or dine-in options. The only think that differentiates the Angelika from the Sunshine or the Film Forum or any other arthouse theatre is its vibe. The Angelika doesn’t FEEL like any other theatre in Manhattan, even if it shares a similar spirit to the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

As for the other theatres that recently closed, ask yourself this: there are only a few reasons why a theatre closes. One, because the owners of the building decided not to renew the lease. Two, because the operators of the theatre decided it was no longer financially viable to operate a cinema in that location. Which one do you think was the case in respect to the Jackson Triplex, the 59th St. Cinema or the Brandon Twin? Or the 64th & Second? Or my old neighborhood theatre, the East 85th?

The_Batman_Professor on June 23, 2017 at 6:27 pm

Was there for HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER. You could have heard a pin drop as the final credits rolled.

David_Schneider on July 21, 2018 at 3:49 am

Wow, this is where I served as a volunteer staff member for the Independent Feature Film Market (IFFM), commuting in via Long Island Railroad for over a week in late September of 1995.

I stood at the top of those stairs in the photo to check people’s Market passes as they entered and on one day got to announce on a lobby microphone when some of the Market film screenings would be starting. For lunch I’d get a hot chicken sandwich at a deli around the corner that may have been Han’s which I see on Google Maps is still there. (I still have a paper coffee cup from there with a depiction of the Manhattan skyline below which says “Enjoy coffee here and don’t ever change…”, which in my head I enjoy repeating with a NY attitude. :) )

During the Market I also saw “Living In Oblivion” at the Angelika about filmmakers trying to make an indie film, and filmmaker Ed Burns speaking at Cooper Union following the then recent success of “The Brothers McMullan”. (The Market had some buzz because Kevin Smith had gotten a deal for “Clerks” there a year or two before.)

ridethectrain on August 30, 2019 at 10:08 am

Please update, the theatre open September 29, 1989. It was delayed due to construction problems

ridethectrain on September 17, 2020 at 4:33 pm

Please update, 1041 seats

ridethectrain on March 3, 2021 at 3:44 pm

Please update, theatre renamed Angelika New York as per Angelika Film Center Website

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on March 8, 2021 at 4:30 am

Prominently mentioned in this news article on the re-openings of NYC cinemas last weekend. Click here

ridethectrain on March 16, 2021 at 8:38 am

add previous operators City Cinemas

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