Film Forum

209 W. Houston Street,
New York, NY 10014

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Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (Film Festivals), Movies (Independent), Movies (Revival)

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 212.727.8112

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Film Forum

The Film Forum was formed in 1970 and has been at its current location since September 5, 1990.

One of New York City’s BEST theaters. Shows independent and revival films. Has many film festivals. Highlights have included an Ealing film retrospective, Varda retrospective. Looks retro in the front. It was closed for renovation in May 2018, reopening August 1, 2018.

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AlinNYC on May 24, 2018 at 9:35 pm

The Film Forum is currently closed for renovation, which will include adding a fourth screen. They are planning to reopen in July.

moviebuff82 on July 1, 2018 at 3:21 pm

It’s July already…

mhvbear on July 2, 2018 at 4:55 am

All one has to do is check the website. Opening August 1st. The calendars are up already.

markp on July 17, 2018 at 6:40 am

You always have to have some idiot who ruins it for everyone else. Sad. Btw HowardBHass, we have 3 movies upcoming at Rahway in 35MM. I will post the dates and titles there.

John Fink
John Fink on July 18, 2018 at 5:04 pm

Alright – getting back to the point of this page – Film Forum is reopening on August 1st and they’re been previewing their new seats on Instagram and Facebook. They’re promising more leg room and improved sight-lines with tiered seating along with the new forth screen. Lobby features include new LCD screens.

Reopening features are Nico 1988, No Date, No Signature, Atomic Cafe (DCP) and The Smallest Show on Earth (in 35MM). The fact they’ve only slight off their original projection by a few days is remarkable for NYC – Alamo and the new Quad were months behind schedule.

I’m not sure what the specs of the new house will include but Film Forum (for better or worse) has been showing more and more DCPs of repertory titles (and in fact even tried to dispel anxiety around this with a “This is DCP” program a few years ago). Meanwhile other repertory houses have leaned hard into 35MM with Metrograph, Quad and Alamo showing at least one 35MM print every day.

RHETT52 on September 3, 2018 at 9:34 am

The seats are new BUT…they don’t even recline a little. There’s more leg room, HOWEVER, the site lines are still the same. When someone sits in front of you you are once again rocking your head from side to side. That and as with the old chairs, people are constantly shifting and moving seats when someone sits in front of them. They seem to now show the repertory films in the far #1 theater. I preferred the # 3 as before. With the #1 theater I was there 2 weeks in a row and the same thing happened. The door constantly opening and shutting, even the employees are in and out making an intrusion of themselves. The other day as Mean Streets was coming to a close, an employee opened the door and kept it open as the movie was coming to an end, the light came in, the noise was loud and the patrons (myself included) were quite annoyed. The end of the movie was ruined. I suggest, they cover the opening of the door window so light won’t come in and we won’t see people looking in. Also they should keep the outside door closed that leads from the lobby to the theater, you can hear the loud employees and the sound from the lobby. On a tech note: While the projection seems fine, the sound could be brought up a tad. It has no power. I too have noticed that it seems that most of their rep titles now seem to be DCP. I prefer the 35MM. CONCLUSION: as for the remodel, everything seems to be the same except new seats, more leg room (BTW, the cup holders dig into your thighs, not too roomy) and new theater.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on September 3, 2018 at 10:25 am

In other words, try to avoid peak times of day, when one might not be able to change their seat.

moviebuff82 on August 19, 2019 at 3:06 pm

The film forum has their own youtube channel as well.

ridethectrain on December 15, 2019 at 7:02 pm

Please update, the Film Forum opened on September 5, 1990. Please update, it has 4 screens and 479 seats.

Seating Capacity 1. 122 2. 152 3. 96 4. 109

ridethectrain on November 28, 2021 at 4:32 pm

just uploaded new outdoor photos taken on thanksgiving

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