Oscar season is upon us and while some of the nominated films are big name blockbusters shown on jumbo screens at multiplexes all across town, there are many buzz-worthy movies and quality performances screening only on smaller screens at indie movie houses. This is great excuse to get out and patronize your local independent movie theaters, and here in NYC we have some great ones to choose from. 

Here are our picks for the best independent movie theaters in NYC:

Film Forum: Located on Houston Street, Film Forum is known for premiering independent flicks, showcasing classics as well as foreign films.  Recent events include the ongoing screenings of Orson Wells’ films.   Currently showing: Human Capital, Leviathan, and more

Angelika Film Center: This popular movie house on Houston in Greenwich Village screens the best in independent cinema including foreign films and documentaries.  Currently showing: Birdman, Still Alice, Mr. Turner, Song One, and more

Sunshine: Just east of the Bowery, Sunshine Cinema shows great current indie films as well as fun midnight showings of cult classics like Howl’s Moving Castle (Jan 30, 31) and Spaceballs (Feb 6, 7).  Currently showing: A Most Violent Year, Foxcatcher, Whiplash, and more

IFC: Located on 6th avenue, the IFC Center screens a long list of independent flicks, new and old, in a range of genres.  Currently showing: Boyhood, Citizenfour, Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D, and more.  Starting at the end of the month, IFC will screen the Academy Award Nominated Short Films of 2015. 

These are just a few of the many independent movie theaters around town.  Like many things in NYC, when it comes to places to see movies you love, there really is something for everyone. 

What’s your favorite spot to see films in NYC?  Please share your local haunts and leave your comments below.

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