Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Metrograph theater opens in NYC March 4

This is part of the press release that was sent out concerning the opening of the Metrograph movie theater in Manhattan. I say it’s part because there was so much information contained in the press release that it  would have been impossibly long to post. I’ve cut it way down so that   it's manageable and so you'll have an idea as to what they are showing.

I don’t know about you but I am really looking forward to running out and seeing the new theater and the goodies that they have programmed.

If you want more information you can head over to the theater’s website.

First Independent Movie Theater to Open in Manhattan in Over a Decade Debuts March 4

On Friday, March 4, the curtain goes up on Metrograph, the first independent movie theater to open in Manhattan in more than a decade. Located at 7 Ludlow Street in the historic Lower East Side, Metrograph showcases first-run and repertory films, and will be devoted to screening archive-quality 35mm prints as well as state-of-the-art digital projection. Theater One, with 175 seats, features a balcony; Theater Two holds 50 seats.

Evoking the spirit of old movie studios--Metrograph expands upon the cinema experience to include The Metrograph Commissary--a world class restaurant, two bars, and a cinema-dedicated bookshop. It is both a destination for cinephiles, and a vibrant cultural hub for New Yorkers.

Film programming will range from classics, to masterpieces from around the world, and to new independent voices.

"Growing up in Manhattan, I fell in love with movies in theaters that are now sadly gone, like the Beekman and the Plaza," says Metrograph founder Alexander Olch. "To bring glamour, excitement, and prestige back to the exhibition experience has been my long-standing goal." Olch is a New York-based film director and designer, whose 2008 film THE WINDMILL MOVIE premiered at the NY Film Festival, played on HBO, and is in the permanent collection at MoMA; he is also the founder of acclaimed design brand Alexander Olch New York, and has spent the last six years developing and designing Metrograph.

The opening of Metrograph will mark the ascent of a new guard in New York film programming. Jacob Perlin, formerly Programmer-at-Large at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, will serve as Programming & Artistic Director. Perlin was Associate Programmer of BAMcinematek for eight years, founded the distribution company The Film Desk and remains Executive Director of Cinema Conservancy. Aliza Ma joins Metrograph as Head of Programming. As both a programmer and writer, Ma has worked at Museum of the Moving Image, Toronto Film Festival, TIFF Cinematheque, AFI Film Festival, and Sundance Film Festival. She specializes in Asian cinema.

Perlin explains, "Watching and thinking about films has been my life's passion. To me, the theater is a crucial part of the moviegoing experience; where I saw particular films are as etched in my mind as the films themselves. I am excited for Metrograph to remind audiences of the films they love, from enduring classics to modern masterpieces, and to share the wonders of cinema as they are intended to be seen -- in a welcoming environment where people can watch, think, and socialize."

According to Ma, "The programming at Metrograph will reconnect the remarkable, dynamic filmgoing history of the Lower East Side and Chinatown, neighborhoods too long without a cinema to call their own, and reinvigorate it with a forward-looking vision. A dream come true for film lovers, Metrograph will be a place to see a curated selection of the best archival film prints and the vanguard new releases from around the world."


March 4 - March 8


Metro graph's Sixteen-Film Debut Repertory Series Takes Us into the Theater

One of the essential joys of going to the movies is ritual: the lights dimming, the first beam of light on the screen, the familiar fanfare or logo (the arrow and target to announce "A Production of the Archers"), sitting in the dark with a roomful of strangers, waiting to be transported. Susan Sontag wrote of "the experience of surrender to, of being transported by, what was on the screen." As we open Metrograph, we invite you to experience-or re-experience-films that bestow this singular magic, films that kidnap us into the theater and transport us to the world of filmgoing. In these movies, people watch and we watch them.

Titles include: The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies, 1992), Vivre sa vie (Jean-Luc Godard, 1962), Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-liang, 2003), Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976), Matinee (Joe Dante, 1993), Desperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman, 1985), Variety (Bette Gordon, 1983), Demons (Lamberto Bava, 1985), and more.

March 9 - March 17


Extended engagements of Eustache's two features The Mother and the Whore (1973) and My Little Loves (Mes Petites Amoureuses) (1974), along with Bad Company (Robinson's Place) (1963), Santa Claus Has Blue Eyes (1967), and more rare imported prints.

March 11 - March 17

One-Week Revival Engagement


New 35mm Print of Stephanie Rothman's Low-Budget Classic

1970 / 89 Minutes / Color / 35mm / Rated R

March 16 - April 21


An Alphabetical History of Cinema According to Metrograph, Part 1

Titles include: The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese, 1993), Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick, 1975), The Blood of a Poet (Jean Cocteau, 1932), The Chelsea Girls (Andy Warhol, 1966, image above), The Clock (Vincente Minnelli, 1945), Comrades: Almost A Love Story (Peter Chan, 1996), Deux fois (Jackie Raynal, 1968), The Devil Probably (Robert Bresson, 1977), Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian, 1931), Equinox Flower (Yasujiro Ozu, 1958), and more. All films on 35mm or 16mm, unless notes otherwise.

March 18 - March 24

Exclusive One Week Theatrical Engagement

A SPACE PROGRAM Featuring the Work of American Artist Tom Sachs

2015 / 72 minutes / Color / DCP / Not Rated

A Zeitgeist Films release

Sundays beginning March 20


New Preservations and Restorations Every Sunday

Every Sunday starting March 20, we're pleased to present a new preservation or restoration. In some cases, these screenings mark the first times these prints have been shown to the public. Titles include Dorothy Arzner's Craig's Wife (1936), Garson Kanin's My Favorite Wife (1940), Josef von Sternberg's Crime and Punishment (1935), Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Mysterious Object at Noon (2000), Djibril Diop Mambéty's Touki Bouki (1973), and Joyce Chopra's Joyce at 34 (1972) plus shorts from New York's Youth Film Distribution Center. All titles on 35mm or 16mm.

March 25 - April 14



March 25 - March 31

Revival One Week Theatrical Engagement


Directed by Johnnie To

Starring Chow Yun-fat and Sylvia Chang

2015 / 119 minutes / Color / DCP / Not Rated

April 1 - April 7

Exclusive One-Week Theatrical Engagement


Directed by Tsai Ming-liang and featuring Lee Kang-sheng

April 15 - April 21


One Week Theatrical Engagement


April 15 - April 21

Exclusive One Week Premiere Theatrical Engagement


April 22 - April 28

One Week Theatrical Engagement


The Defining Portrait of the British Pop Artist

April 22-28

Fassbinder's Top 10


April 29 - May 5


As a countdown to our release of this probing, entertaining new film, we present Fassbinder's expectedly idiosyncratic Top 10, as published in 1982, a year before his death. What a lineup: we start with his #1 of all time, Luchino Visconti's decadent The Damned (1969) and then count down the rest- The Naked and the Dead (Raoul Walsh, 1958), Lola Montés (Max Ophuls, 1955), Flamingo Road (Michael Curtiz, 1949), Salò (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1975), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks, 1953), Dishonored (Josef von Sternberg, 1931), The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955), Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954), and The Red Snowball Tree (Vasiliy Shukshin, 1971).

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