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Angelika Film Ctr & Cafe

18 W Houston St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 995-2000
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Angelika Film Ctr & Cafe - New York, NY


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The Angelika is what all independent movie theaters should aspire to be. It has multiple screens showing the best in non-Blockbuster film-making. The theater shows award-winning f...


Many of its theaters are way too small. Why paying the full price for so much discomfort?? If you want your movie experience to be comfortable, I cannot recommend the Angelika. ...

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What a shame.... 3/16/2006

As others have mentioned,the Angelika was THE place to go to see independent film when it first opened in the early 1990's.At that time I didn't mind the subway rumble while watching Pulp Fiction.Alas all good things come to an end.....It seems no one cares about maintaining the theatre anymore.I went to a screening of March Of The Penguins and I felt like marching out myself.The outside noise was very evident and the sound quality of the room itself was horrendous. Luckily we now have the IFC Waverly and The Sunshine. more

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A pioneer now somewhat replaceable 3/16/2006

When one considers the Angelika, I feel it's important to remember how innovative it was when it opened. A place for independent film that wasn't egregiously small or run down, that felt fashionable to go to in more than a conceptual way. These days, with independent film becoming a mainstream interest, bigger and better theatres (notably the Sunshine) have replaced the Angelika in many a heart. That said, it's still a decent place to see a show if it's not playing anywhere else. Do be warned though, that the theaters are long and narrow (well, other than the really tiny one that I'm not sure seats more than thirty people), with relatively small screens. And it's right on top of a subway line -- prepare for your movie to rumble inappropriately. Perhaps most useful these days is it's spacious lobby, which provides an excellent, free place to sit while waiting to meet people -- for a movie, or any other endeavor in the neighborhood. more

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One of the prettiest buildings in NYC 3/15/2006

I have always loved the building that houses the Angelika -- I have taken photos of it on more than one occasion. Despite my architectural obsession, I hadn't seen a movie there until tonight. The fact that it cost me $10.75 to see a film was less than pleasing (I can just wait and buy the DVD at this point...), but I did like the theater I was in. If it had been full, I may have been annoyed by heads in front of me. As the theater was only about 3/4 full, I was able to enjoy the comfortable seats and leg room. If only the staff would shush people in the audience who choose to TALK during the film or answer CELL PHONES (the Angelika should not suffer because of their patrons). Good theater. I'll come back and check out the Cafe sometime. more

formerly the best theater... 8/21/2005

The Angelika Film Center used to be the place to go to see your favorite indie movie. Despite it's trendy overpriced coffee and snacks and the rambling from the subway, people used to always flock there to see the new "it" movie. Now there are so many other alternative theaters like the Sunshine to see a movie. I'd say only go here if it's the only place showing the movie you wanna see! more

Great film shown here 8/21/2005

With so any big budget Hollywood films, the Angelika Film Center stays away from almost all of it. With multiple screens, the Angelika is the place to see film downtown. If you're seeing a film on a weekend night make sure you buy your tickets in advance. The cafe inside has everything from popcorn to gourmet sandwiches. Pastries and cappuccino round out a well stocked cafe. This is a popular spot so get in your seats early. more

Too artsy 8/20/2005

The Angelika Film Center is your typical artsy New York City theater. It doesn’t play any major blockbusters that come out. Rather is limits itself to art house and independent movies that, basically, no one wants to watch. That said, the facilities inside are fairly good with a relatively big screen. If these movies are your thing, go ahead, otherwise, try different theaters more

Lotsa indy films 8/19/2005

One of the few places around where you can catch great independent films. Though this isn’t your typical Loews Theater, the Angelika serves its purpose. This place is due for some updates. Everything is a bit old, their interior notably so. Enjoy stadium seating? Sorry, the Angelika will have none of that. Their sound system isn’t up to date either but at least its not mono. Lines can be long and tickets usually sell out fast. My advice is to purchase tickets an hour before hand and grab some grub. Their café isn’t really anything to write home about. more

I love independent films; I hate the Angelika 8/19/2005

It is unfortunate that independent films are not shown in better venues than the Angelika. Many of the theaters are too small and the seats are smaller than other movie theaters. If someone sits in front of you, you are not able to see the bottom half of the screen. I will not go there again. more

Possibly the most fantastic independent film theater 8/18/2005

The Angelika is what all independent movie theaters should aspire to be. It has multiple screens showing the best in non-Blockbuster film-making. The theater shows award-winning films and lesser known films of equally high caliber. It is also not afraid to push boundaries and show controversial films. The screens have great resolution, the sound is perfect, the staff friendly and helpful. There is also a lovely café to grab a light snack with café tables throughout the lobby to hang out and eat before or a movie or just to pop in and grab something without seeing a film. Only drawback is that every once in a while you hear the subway rumble beneath you. more

A downtown pioneer 8/18/2005

With five screens featuring the latest indie films, this Soho/Village staple has for years been a destination for those seeking a bit more stimulation than the suburban cineplex can offer. The cafe has too few seats, the food is overpriced and the coffee is weak but the people watching while you wait is always fascinating. more

Good threatre 8/16/2005

This is one of the most popular theaters in New York City, but it doesn't play any big budget movies. They only play independent films there. There are many theaters that play only independent films but this one has been around a while. They are located in SoHo which is probably one of the reasons for their success. If you ever want to watch an Independent film, give Angelika a try. They have most popular independent films for everyone's liking. more

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A bit lacking, but I'm glad it exists 8/14/2005

I'm thankful for the Angelika because they show independent and art-house films that are sometimes very hard to find elsewhere. But I admit, I long to see these cinematic gems presented in a better-quality environment... with surround sound, comfy seating and theatres that don't rattle and shake when the subway passes underneath. Not a horrible moviegoing experience, but the lo-tech state of things does take away from things just a little bit. Still, I'm glad the Angelica is there, if only for the sake of independent film. more

always interesting films 8/13/2005

This theatre is great for out of mainstream flicks. If you're tired of what hollywood is producing nowadays, then it's time to explore the independent film channel scene. I'd definitely recommend this theatre as they have a wide selection of the popular indie films and also include good comfortable seating. I'd also recommend taking a date here as well, as the availablility of movies is very good. The bathrooms are adequate, nothing special there. The staff is not so helpful, but then again, the theatre is extremely small too. The sound is pretty vibrant, and of good quality. The screen size is also good. Try to sit near the back middle and you'll have the perfect view of the movie. Overall, go and experience it for the first time! more

For other films 8/5/2005

Lots of films the critics rave about but can't find at the theatre. Always a wide selection and variety of genres here. Lines for tickets are usually long, and you should get tickets early as a lot of the shows sell out on popular nights. Seats, screen and sound aren't up to par with the newer stadium style chain theatres, but you come here for the movie more than the experience. more

Premier Independent Films 7/8/2005

Located on West Houston Street this theater shows all the films you'll never see elsewhere. Quirky foreign films, films that take a strong political stand, films on the gay community and most of the award winners at the major festivals like Sundance and Toronto. The cafe has very tasty food and some of the best brownies in New York. more
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  • The Scene
    Built in 1989 on the border of Greenwich Village and Soho, the Angelika caters to both neighborhoods so well that the theater often sells out its shows. With more mainstream...

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  • Neighborhoods:

    Downtown, SoHo