Where to See LGBT Movies in New York City

Your NYC Guide to Watching LGBT Films

Where to See LGBT Movies in New York City
Photo credit: Hedda Lettuce

From camp classics to cutting-edge queer cinema, not a day goes by in New York City when gay-themed films aren't on the big screen somewhere around town. Here's a rundown of Manhattan's top venues for catching the best and brightest in gay moviemaking, including dedicated LGBT film series, LGBT film festivals, and local theaters that often screen films of LGBT interest.

LGBT Film Series in NYC

  • Hedda Classics: This always-fun weekly (on Thursdays) film series screens gay camp staples like Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Auntie Mame, hosted by New York City drag legend Hedda Lettuce (pre-show for mature audiences only). Cinépolis Chelsea, 260 W. 23rd St., btwn 7th & 8th aves.
  • Queer/Art/Film: This hip monthly film series, curated by filmmakers Adam Baran and Ira Sachs, invites gay New York artists to present and discuss the films that have most inspired them. IFC Center, 323 6th Ave. at W. 3rd St.

    LGBT Film Festivals in NYC

    • NewFest: New York's biggest annual gay film festival, NewFest is a nearly week-long dive into the best in local, American, and international LGBT-themed film and video. The main festival is held annually in fall, with special supplementary programs scheduled throughout the year. SVA Theatre, 333 W. 23 St., btwn 8th & 9th aves. 
    • MixNYC: For more than a quarter century, this yearly festival has presented the latest in queer experimental film, alongside little-known works from avant-garde LGBTQ film legends. The event is held annually in November, with community screenings slated year-round. Theater for the New City, 155 1st Ave., btwn 9th & 10th sts.
    • Queer Black Cinema: This annual avant-garde film festival, which debuted in 2008, presents groundbreaking films about the black LGBT experience from around the world. The National Black Theatre, 2031 5th Ave., btwn 125th & 126th sts.

    NYC Theaters That Often Screen Films of LGBT Interest

    -- Updated by Elissa Garay