Find out where Brooklyn's movie theaters are, what makes each special (for better and worse), where they are located, and what's nearby.
For fun, see these historic pictures of the Alpine.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Note: This large theater gets thumbs-down from some patrons who complain about noise, dirt and sometimes-unruly teens.
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.