Find out where Brooklyn's movie theaters are, what makes each special (for better and worse), where they are located, and what's nearby.
- Alpine Cinemas. 6817 5th Avenue, Bay Ridge.
- (718) 748-4283
- What's nearby: Plenty of good restaurants, cafes and bars in Bay Ridge along Third and Fifth Avenues.
For fun, see these historic pictures of the Alpine.
- Brooklyn Heights Cinema. Henry St. at Orange Street in Brooklyn Heights.
- (718) 596-7070.
- What's nearby: This little Brooklyn theater is equi-distant to DUMBO and Montague Street's eateries. Henry's End and a few other good restaurants are even closer. The #2 subway (Clark St. station) is just two blocks away, and Borough Hall Station's not far.
A Brooklyn classic, this movie theater was opened in the 1960s as an art film theater, and it remains true to its original calling, showing an eclectic program of foreign and art films. The seats are from yesteryear but consider this: Norman Mailer, who lived in Brooklyn Heights for years, might have once sat in your row.
4. DITMAS PARK: Kent Theatre
- Kent Theatre. 1170 Coney Island Avenue in Ditmas Park.
- 718 338-3371.
- What's nearby: The theater is slightly less than a mile from several good restaurants, including the Farm on Adderley and the inimitable DiFara's pizzeria.
Ticket prices are cheap, but the theater is old, and to some patrons, hopelessly shabby. Still, in addition to the patina of age, it has a certain pedigree: the Kent has been cited by the website Cinema Treasures as the theater used by Woody Allen in his movie, the Purple Rose of Cairo.
UPDATE: IF YOU WANT TO SEE A MOVIE HERE, YOU'LL HAVE TO RENT THE SPACE. The public movie theater is now closed.
- ReRun GastroPub Theater. 147 Front Street in DUMBO.
- What's nearby: DUMBO restaurants, bars, cultural venues, the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge Park are all right there. Brooklyn Heights is a 10-minute walk away.
ReRun is a small, stylish theater with a retro vibe. There's a bar in the theater, and patrons can buy yummy chef-cooked snacks from the restaurant, ReBar, on site.
- Linden Boulevard Multiplex Cinemas. 2784 Linden Blvd. in East NY.
- (718) 277-0303, or 1-800-315-4000
Note: For Brooklyn newcomers, be aware that East New York has had one of the higher crime rates in NYC for years. That said, this is a huge, modern theater.
- BAM Rose Cinemas. 30 Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene.
- (718) 777-FILM 545.
- What's nearby: Fort Greene and Park Slope's 5th Avenue, as well as Vanderbilt Avenue are within walking distance, and each of these neighborhoods has an array of cafes, eateries and bars. BAM is also near to Barclay Center Stadium and Atlantic Center Mall.
BAM is, of course, one of New York City's premier cultural institutions. BAM's Rose Cinemas show a mixture of popular movies, independent movies, foreign films, controversial movies, and also hosts film festivals. Online ticket purchase is recommended. Also, it's smart to arrive early to get a good seat. Note that the movies at BAM Rose Cinemas are always shown at the Opera House location at 30 Lafayette Ave., not at the Harvey Theater.
- UA Court Street Stadium 12. 108 Court Street near Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn.
- (718) 246-7459.
- What's nearby: The neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens (Smith Street and Court Street) and Brooklyn Heights have plentiful restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as shopping.
9. KINGS PLAZA/MILL BASIN: Loews Cineplex Kings Plaza Sixplex
- Loews Cineplex. 5201 Kings Plaza in Flatlands.
- (718) 253-1110.
- What's nearby: The shopping mall, Kings Plaza, has a multitude of chain stores.
Note: This large theater gets thumbs-down from some patrons who complain about noise, dirt and sometimes-unruly teens.
- Pavilion Theatre. 188 Prospect Park West in Park Slope.
- (718) 369-0838.
- What's nearby: The Pavilion is in Park Slope, across from Prospect Park. It's two blocks from restaurants, cafes and bars on Park Slope's 7th Avenue or in Windsor Terrace. It's one block from the F subway's Seventh Avenue station.
Opened before the Great Depression (in 1928), the Pavilion is a serviceable neighborhood movie theater. It's been reconfigured more than once, and carved into many smaller theaters, so while it's not elegant, there's plenty of choice. Popular with local families.