Brooklyn's Best Movie Theaters

Independent Movie Theaters in Brooklyn

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Maybe you’re addicted to Netflix or mammoth multiplexes with parking lots, but if you’re an authentic film buff, you know that an edgy independent movie theater is a rare find. Cinephiles will rejoice in Brooklyn, with many notable theaters in the borough, showing everything from retro flicks to new independent and foreign films. Take a cinematic tour of Brooklyn at these beloved Brooklyn theaters.  

This Bushwick theater, opened in January 2015, and serves Duck Confit Nachos, Heritage Porchetta and the perfect Dark and Stormy while screening retro flicks. This weekend is the opening and includes a two-day John Carpenter birthday celebration. If you missed seeing Pulp Fiction on the big screen, catch a show later this month at Syndicated. The theater's schedule of films will appeal to all film lovers. If you’ve ever wanted to dine on something more substantial than a soft pretzel or thickly buttered popcorn or wanted to down some booze while watching classics, this is the spot for you.

 An added plus, If the movie is awful, you can just order more drinks.

Nitehawk Cinema is “New York’s original cinema eatery; an Independent movie house bringing a selective approach to film, food, and drinks.” In 2011, this Williamsburg theater revolutionized Brooklyn’s film scene, by opening a theater where you can dine and drink while watching new and retro films. Nitehawk also hosts a series of special programs including Little Bookworms, where kids can enjoy classics like the Phantom Toll Booth and The Wizard of Oz. If you are kid-free, consider going to one of their midnight screenings, upcoming films include Fargo, Misery, and Labyrinth, the eighties classic staring the late David Bowie.

BAMcinematek is a gem, screening old films, new films, and hosting a series of film related events including talkbacks with filmmakers. The Fort Greene movie theater is a must-visit for all film buffs. If you have little ones, the cinema has a popular annual children’s film festival, where kids can vote for the best film. They also have a weekly kid friendly matinee of classic films. Bamcinematek also shows current films

In a world filled with multiplexes, this indie Williamsburg movie theater run entirely by volunteers is a seriously refreshing find. They focus on showing often overlooked and offbeat films. Check their schedule for the well-curated eclectic schedule of films. And it’s just five bucks to watch a film. 

Although they run first run flicks, this relatively new Williamsburg theater is independently owned and is an ideal spot to watch a new film. The spacious theater has stadium style seating and is in the heart of Williamsburg. After the film, drink and dine in the many bars and restaurants in this vibrant section of Brooklyn. Locals note that the films sell out quickly at this popular theater, so get there early or buy tickets in advance.