Walter Reade Theater

165 W. 65th Street,
New York, NY 10023

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Walter Reade Theater

The Walter Reade Theater opened on December 3, 1991. The facility is programmed and managed by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The programs here are an impressive wide-ranging amalgam of revived classics, festivals of new films from various nations, movie-series dedicated to specific directors and actors and other artists.

The auditorium is also used as an adjunct venue for the annual New York Film Festival, most of which takes place in nearby Alice Tully Hall, located down below on Broadway. A film-buff’s paradise-on-earth, the programs here rival those of the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Forum elsewhere in Manhattan.

The state-of-the-art theater is fully equipped to show all film formats and aspect ratios with appropriate masking. As of 2023, the screen size is 35ft wide, 19ft high. A monthly booklet lists all the upcoming programs in concise detail.

The Walter Reade Theater is located on the Plaza level of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and is adjacent to the Julliard School of Music and a short hop from Avery Fisher Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York State Theatre, and other facilities at Lincoln Center.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

Recent comments (view all 66 comments)

moviebuff82 on December 29, 2012 at 9:59 am

Tron is being shown in 70mm as well.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on December 30, 2012 at 10:32 am

Ryan’s Daughter was one of the finest examples of 70mm filmmaking it has ever been my privilege to see and hear. The sound was especially powerful. Whenever I watch this film at home, I always worry about it being too loud for the people downstairs. What a thrill to hear it blasting away in a theater. On the visual side, easily one of the most beautifully photographed films ever made. Thanks to the Walter Reade and the Film Society of Lincoln Center for showing this too-rarely-screened 70mm masterpiece.

jmiller on January 15, 2013 at 1:48 am

Excellent screen, and excellent programming by the Film Society! Saw “MASH” here in 2010 with Elliott Gould in attendance for Q&A. Mr. Gould was great, and I had a five-plus minute conversation with him about conspiracy films of the 1970’s, since I love “Capricorn One” so much! He and Tom Skerritt were great and signed a commermorative 20th Century-Fox 75th Anniversary poster for a number of us.

The auditorium is very nice, a great balance of nice size and excellent projection and sound. I would love to come back and see more films!

celboy on February 25, 2017 at 7:09 am

This has always been a great theater. How have the upgrades been? I heard it may become the NY Dolby theater like its sister in California.

moviebuff82 on March 17, 2017 at 5:33 pm

Does this theater have recliners?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 24, 2019 at 3:17 pm

I don’t know whether it’s funny or sad that you would have to explain to readers of this site, who Walter Reade was.

Marcy Starnes
Marcy Starnes on January 15, 2022 at 3:53 pm

Does anyone have a picture of the front of the building?

ChasSmith on January 15, 2022 at 4:19 pm

I’ve uploaded a street view showing the high rise the theater is in. Juilliard School is the building at far right.

Bruce C.’s photo shows the box office and entrance located on that second level.

Moviefan333 on February 24, 2023 at 9:34 am

There’s gonna be an excellent Tod Browning film festival here from March 17 to March 26 of 2023. Most of the movies except for a few will be on 35 mm film stock. This is a must for Cine files

m00se1111 on February 24, 2023 at 12:58 pm

also a must, letting potential attendees know the schedule & how to get tickets/passes

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