209 West Houston St (Bedford & Varick)
Film Forum opened in 1970 as an alternative screening space with 50 folding chairs, one projector, and a $19,000 annual budget. Fast-forward to today, and the theater is the only autonomous non-profit cinema in New York City and one of the very few left. Film Forum’s current Houston Street cinema (now with 489 seats) remains a hot button for cinema junkies and features an array of hard to find movies and genres: foreign and American classics, documentaries, directors’ retrospectives, and festivals. Expect to find everything from Hitchcock to Truffaut, African documentaries, Mick Jagger trying to act in a hot tub, and even pristine restorations:for its 50th anniversary, Jean-Luc Godard’s epic French New Wave film Breathless was given an immaculate 35mm restoration with a limited run, only at Film Forum – the first in Breathless history.
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