The Return of Indie Movies: Film at Lincoln Center to Reopen

Movie theaters were allowed to reopen a few weeks ago, but Film at Lincoln Center had initially held back.

On Thursday, the organization announced that it will be reopening for in-person movies starting on April 16.

“After 400 days of darkened screens and empty seats, we are excited to fire up our state-of-the-art projectors and reopen our theater doors on Friday, April 16,” it said. They haven’t yet announced the safety measures that will be in place, or what films will be showing.

The two AMC Theaters — 84th and 68th — on the Upper West Side are already open. Film at Lincoln Center is one of the few remaining theaters in the area that show independent films or revivals of classics. Both Landmark 57 and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas have closed in the past couple of years.

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    1. david natoli says:

      Great news.

      It is criminal what happened to Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and that whole block really.

      Nothing against Breads Bakery, but the excellent newsstand with a foreign magazine section to rival the shops you find downtown, along with the slightly homely bakery/cafe, made it a very classic NYC that made for a great day or night out.

      Now, a bank, a huge Breads Bakery, a darkened theatre that was beloved by the community and a huge empty storefront on the corner. A net loss if there ever was one.

      • UWSer says:

        Hear Hear!

      • Phoebe says:

        I agree with you completely, David.

        • david natoli says:

          I remember that the magazine shop actually moved to a new location after being evicted from Lincoln Plaza. Does anyone else remember this? I just moved to the UWS from Harlem in October and have kept an eye out for it, but it appears to be gone.

      • Brandon says:

        I don’t mind the Breads Bakery store because the company is at least local, but the loss of the Lincoln Plaza Cinema continues to be a real disappointment.

        Sure, the theater would have been closed anyway over the past year because of the virus, but that space sat empty for two years before the pandemic started.

      • Sam Katz says:

        I love Breads Bakery, but I agree — I really miss that fantastic magazine and newspaper store. They had lotto, too, but had a tremendous selection of publications. I also miss Sushi a Go Go, but that was shuttered for tax reasons … oops!

    2. UWSWasp says:

      That’s great news! I love that theatre and since I’m getting my vaccine tomorrow, I’ll be there 1st chance I get. Yippee.

      • PastramiBliss says:

        I’m sure you know this, but in case you don’t, vaccine does not completely kick in until two weeks after you get your second shot.

    3. Lee Apt says:


      • PastramiBliss says:

        the walnut raisin bread at Levain beats anything that Breads Bakery has to offer.

    4. Doreen E Mangan says:

      Where will this be?

    5. Js says:

      Any news about the terrific volunteer-run New Plaza Cinema?