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Film Forum

a non-profit movie theater with art house, indie, foreign and classic films

Film Forum

209 W Houston St, New York, NY 10014
+1 212-727-8110

Film Forum began in 1970 as an alternative screening space for independent films, with 50 folding chairs, one projector and a $19,000 annual budget. Today, it's a 3-screen cinema open 365 days a year, with 250,000 annual admissions, 489 seats and a $5 million operating budget.  One of the best theaters and the only autonomous nonprofit cinema in New York City and one of the few in the U.S. shows independent, art house, foreign and classic films. Has many film festivals. Highlights have included an Ealing film retrospective, Varda retrospective.

It presents two distinct, complementary film programs - NYC theatrical premieres of American independents and foreign art films, programmed by Karen Cooper and Mike Maggiore; and, since 1987, repertory selections including foreign and American classics, genre works, festivals and directors' retrospectives, programmed by Bruce Goldstein.

As a cinema of ideas, Film Forum is committed to presenting an international array of films that treat diverse social, political, historical and cultural realities. Unlike commercial cinemas that primarily “book” high-grossing, Hollywood films, Film Forum’s programs are thoughtfully curated, with attention to unique cinematic qualities, historical importance individually or within a genre and, particularly for documentaries, relevance to today’s world.

Tickets are $13.00. A reduced ticket price of $7.50 is available for Film Forum members.

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