Indie Film Group ‘New Plaza Cinema’ Rolls Out New Slate of Films at New Venue

New Plaza Cinema is a group that sprung up after the demise of Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on Broadway and 62nd earlier this year, in the hopes of screening the same kinds of films that were once shown at Lincoln Plaza.

New Plaza screened several films this summer at the JCC on Amsterdam and 76th. But it’s now moving operations to Symphony Space on Broadway and 95th Street, announcing a new slate of films set to start this coming week.

The group is hoping to eventually get a permanent home, perhaps back at the old Lincoln Plaza space once it’s renovated.

In the meantime, here’s the information from New Plaza on what will be showing at Symphony Space.

At Symphony Space, New Plaza Cinema will be featuring first run films in late August through Labor Day weekend. This will be followed by an exceptional film calendar in September and October in the venue’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater.

Madeline’s Madeline, a new, critically acclaimed independent American movie will run from August 24 -30, with showtimes at 7 pm and 9 pm. From acclaimed director Josephine Decker, it features Miranda July, Molly Parker and a dazzling young newcomer, Helena Howard in this drama of a teenager trying to find her place in the world. Richard Brody of the New Yorker wrote, “A classic coming-of-age drama…as Madeline, Helena Howard delivers a performance that is one of the most distinctive, most varied and most extreme in its expressive array and technical power, of any teen performer in the history of the cinema.”

In addition, New Plaza Cinema will be featuring a daily 4:30 pm showing of the inspirational documentary, RBG which chronicles the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a venerable legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. The personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans –until now. A.O. Scott of the New York Times praised the film stating, “The movie’s touch is light and its spirit buoyant, but there is no mistaking its seriousness or its passion.”

Labor Day weekend will feature reprises of American independent films from the summer, and perhaps a classic or two.

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Photo via Symphony Space.

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    1. UWS says:

      Nice that the group and films are getting alt space. But, terrible marketing skills will not get them far. They dropped the WSR piece, but there is zero mention of these screenings on newplazecinema’s or symphonyspace’s web sites. So, is the above happening or not. Frankly I hardly see how the (alleged) screening of 2 films plus unidentified classics/reprises for a few days warrants an article at all. Has WSR (and readers) been duped?

    2. Sarah says:

      Good luck!

    3. Rob G. says:

      I see a new use for the old Metro Theater in our future…well, a boy can dream, can’t he?

    4. Fay Barrows says:

      terrific. finally using a good space

    5. Florence Kranitz says:


    6. Lrahip says:

      Very glad to hear that Symphony Space will be providing quality movies for this film group. Now all we have to do is somehow get the Metro to become the permanent home and we will all be happy.

      • Chuck D says:

        I really wish someone could dig into the METRO issue. It’s been 14 years! What is the owner doing with this property?

    7. Mutaman says:

      Can someone explain to me what takes place at the Thalia? Certainly not movies.