Film Forum

209 W. Houston Street,
New York, NY 10014

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Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (Film Festivals), Movies (Independent), Movies (Revival)

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 212.727.8112

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Film Forum

The Film Forum was formed in 1970 and has been at its current location (a conversion of a former garage, since September 5, 1990.

One of New York City’s BEST theaters. Shows independent and revival films. Has many film festivals. Highlights have included an Ealing film retrospective, Varda retrospective. Looks retro in the front. It was closed for renovation in May 2018, reopening August 1, 2018.

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RHETT52 on September 3, 2018 at 5:34 pm

The seats are new BUT…they don’t even recline a little. There’s more leg room, HOWEVER, the site lines are still the same. When someone sits in front of you you are once again rocking your head from side to side. That and as with the old chairs, people are constantly shifting and moving seats when someone sits in front of them. They seem to now show the repertory films in the far #1 theater. I preferred the # 3 as before. With the #1 theater I was there 2 weeks in a row and the same thing happened. The door constantly opening and shutting, even the employees are in and out making an intrusion of themselves. The other day as Mean Streets was coming to a close, an employee opened the door and kept it open as the movie was coming to an end, the light came in, the noise was loud and the patrons (myself included) were quite annoyed. The end of the movie was ruined. I suggest, they cover the opening of the door window so light won’t come in and we won’t see people looking in. Also they should keep the outside door closed that leads from the lobby to the theater, you can hear the loud employees and the sound from the lobby. On a tech note: While the projection seems fine, the sound could be brought up a tad. It has no power. I too have noticed that it seems that most of their rep titles now seem to be DCP. I prefer the 35MM. CONCLUSION: as for the remodel, everything seems to be the same except new seats, more leg room (BTW, the cup holders dig into your thighs, not too roomy) and new theater.

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Comfortably Cool on September 3, 2018 at 6:25 pm

In other words, try to avoid peak times of day, when one might not be able to change their seat.

moviebuff82 on August 19, 2019 at 11:06 pm

The film forum has their own youtube channel as well.

ridethectrain on December 16, 2019 at 3:02 am

Please update, the Film Forum opened on September 5, 1990. Please update, it has 4 screens and 479 seats.

Seating Capacity 1. 122 2. 152 3. 96 4. 109

ridethectrain on November 29, 2021 at 12:32 am

just uploaded new outdoor photos taken on thanksgiving

moviebuff82 on December 12, 2021 at 2:40 pm

cbs sunday morning segment on Maggie Gyllenhaal shot in film forum

Mikeoaklandpark on December 14, 2021 at 4:40 pm

She was talking about directing for the first time. The movie opens Friday and will be on Netflix the end of the month. It’s called the Lost Daughter with Olivia Coleman.

Willburg145 on December 22, 2021 at 10:43 pm

Does anyone know what occupied the current location prior to the forum?

SethLewis on March 31, 2022 at 3:04 pm

A terrific article about the Film Forum in the New York Times

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