The Best Theaters in NYC to Watch Classic Films on the Big Screen

Go to the movies and experience the full glory of your favorite classic films

Feel like you missed out on the thrill of experiencing Alien in a crowded theater in 1979? Or do you wish you'd shrunk in horror with dozens of other people at Jack Nicholson hacking through the bathroom door with an axe? While you can't feel the same shock as a packed house hearing Vader's "I am your father" line, you can still appreciate the majesty of the epic 2001 or rediscover the drama of Dog Day Afternoon in some of the best classic film venues in New York City.


IFC Center

IFC plays everything from Hitchcock to Scorsese, from Kubrick to Fight Club. It should probably be first on your list if the night calls for a movie with either "classic" or "cult" in its description. November's schedule includes Jaws, Mad Max: Fury Road (already a classic), Jurassic Park, The Terminator and Pulp Fiction. That's quite a list for one month at one theater. Some of these are part of its "Waverly Midnights: The Future is Female" series, the full schedule of which is definitely worth seeing.

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Film Society of Lincoln Center

For a more academic schedule of screenings, the Film Society of Lincoln Center hosts retrospectives and series that explore cinematic themes, directors, composers and more. Its Walter Reade Theater frequently shows classics alongside new releases from groundbreaking, independent and foreign filmmakers. The November schedule includes "The Lost Years of German Cinema: 1949–1963," a series highlighting post-WWII Germany's attempt to redefine its film culture. Expect screenings of Fritz Lang and other famous directors, as well as little-known works put in their proper context.

Cinépolis Chelsea

I went to the Cinépolis Chelsea on a Tuesday night to see a special screening of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. The theater was showing all of the newest releases but still had a screen reserved for the horror classic. You'll find all of the expected snacks and refreshments, nicely-lit, red-carpeted hallways and a large lobby area. More importantly, you'll find a comfortable theater with wide, leather seats, optional arm rests (so you can decide whether the person next to you is allowed to hide in your shoulder or not) and plenty of leg room. The screen is high enough that there's no worry about being blocked by a person in the seat in front of you. It's as if you really are out to see a normal movie on a normal night, except that the one queued up for the screen didn't come with three teaser trailers and a Rotten Tomatoes score.

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Film Forum

Houston Street's Film Forum remains one of the city's best venues to catch a classic film on the big screen. The nonprofit theater is open 365 days a year and plays everything from Night of the Living Dead to The Passion of Joan of Arc to The Crime of Monsieur Lange, and that's just in the next few months. The theater also holds lots of events, including films with live piano accompaniment and Q&As with directors. For members (membership starts at $75/year), tickets are half-price and the membership fees are partially tax-deductible. Houston Street is a great place for a pre- or post-movie meal, too.

Quad Cinema

The beautiful, newly-renovated and reopened Quad Cinema on West 13th Street is a futuristic place to watch the best classic films. Walk into a seemingly Kubrick-inspired theater to watch his classics on the big screen. Enjoy the comfortable, wide seats and the LED-lit walkways. The theater's cafe next door serves snacks and alcohol, as well. Along with individual screenings, the Quad features frequent series, including one this month that's dedicated to the world's favorite comedy troupe: "The Ministry of Silly Films: Monty Python and Beyond." Other programs include "First Encounters," where filmmakers, actors and others finally watch the film they've always wanted to, and "Two For Tuesday," the theater's weekly double feature.

Need more classic films in New York City?

Check out Landmark Sunshine Cinema and the Museum of Modern Art. For even more, jump on the subway and head to BAM in Brooklyn or the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.

Share you favorite classic film experiences in the comments.

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If you've googled one thing during this pandemic, it is definitely: "Thai food near me."

Thai food has remained one of the most delicious and sought after takeout gems; and in New York City, specifically, there are so many delicious options that it can be overwhelming. Often unlike Chinese food, Thai food offers fresher ingredients and versatile cuisine options. Whether you want some Pad Thai or Pad See Ew, or some coconut milk-infused curry or even just some soup, Thai food is good for any occasion. But with so many options, how do you know you're getting the freshest ingredients at the best price? Here are the best spots to order take-out from, and we even broke it up by borough for you.

Manhattan: Fish Cheeks

Fish Cheeks

Reviewed by The Times as "fresh, vivid and intense," Fish Cheeks offers solid takes on traditional Thai Cuisine. Their speciality remains seafood, so their Crab Friend Rice and Coconut Crab Curry are delicious highlights. Their Tum Yum is also to die for, made with fresh galanagal, lime leaves and lemongrass.

The version [of tum yum] here hums with fresh galangal, lime leaves and lemongrass. Shrimp and knobby mushrooms simmer in a broth that gets extra body from milk, a twist I've never seen before but one I approve of. It could be spicier, but the use of bird's-eye chiles is far from shy.

Manhattan: Lan Larb

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Arguably some of the best Pad Thai in the city, Lan Larb is focused mainly on the food of Thailand's northeast region. As a result, there is often a combo of meat and seafood involved in most dishes, such as the Lao Chicken Soup, which combines fresh chicken with pickled fish and a steamy brown broth. The menu will make your tastebuds whirl if you're one for experimentation, if not, their Pad Thai is iconic and filling enough on its own.

Brooklyn: Ugly Baby

Brooklyn has always been teeming with amazing Thai food joints, but Ugly Baby is the borough's most established success story. The Carrol Gardens sensation was preceded by two long gone Red Hook restaurants known for their authentic Northern Thai cuisine. With Ugly Baby, a name which comes from an ancient belief in Thailand that ugly children bring good fortune, chef Sirichai Sreparplarn had mastered his craft. The restaurant quickly gained glowing praise throughout Brooklyn and New York, and their take on Khao Soi Nuer and Kao Tod Nam Klook remain the stuff of legends.

Queens: Ayada

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Ayada's cuisine is so good that it made a New York Times journalist cry at his table. Not out of emotion though, but out of spice. For those looking for a truly bold eating experience, this Queens Thai restaurant holds nothing back when crafting their drunken noodles or Pad Thai, but that spice is what makes it one of the best spots in the city.

Bronx: Ceetay

​While the Bronx isn't necessarily a buzzing Thai food borough, Ceetay's asian fusion cuisine is of the highest quality and will appeal to anyone desperately needing to nom on some noodles. Their sushi is amazing but their Pad Thai is packed with amazing flavor. Seasoned with onions, peppers, cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, peanuts, scallions and cilantro, this Pad Thai is packed with flavors and will slam your taste buds in the best possible way.


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It's not winter yet!

So that means, we're all about that fall travel. It's a beautiful time of year to be outside in many countries, soaking up the colorful landscapes and fresh air. Here are our picks for the top places to visit this fall.

1. Germany


Burg Eltz Castle is a magical step back into the Middle Ages that's been here for more than 850 years.

2. Switzerland


The red leaves in Bern are absolutely striking.

3. Italy


Nothing like the sheer beauty of the formidable Italian alps.

4. Peru


Machu Picchu beckons visitors from near and far this fall.

5. Mexico


It's not too cold to skip the beach!

Everyone has heard of the murder-hotel where dark shadows creep at the edge of your vision, or the abandoned house where the furniture moves each time you leave the room.

But sometimes the places set up to capture the fun and fright of the Halloween season for paying customers can be far more horrifying than any ghost stories. These "fake" haunted houses will leave you genuinely haunted.

Pennhurst Haunted Asylum

So spoooky!

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Pennhurst Asylum was in operation from 1908-1987 in the small town of Spring City, Pennsylvania. While we don't have all the records of the residents' experiences there, it doesn't take much imagination to realize that this building was home to true horrors. In many ways, 1908 wasn't that long ago, but in terms of mental health treatment—especially in small-town Pennsylvania—it was absolutely the dark ages. This was the time of lobotomies, straight jackets, and shock therapy. Whatever the jump scares and fake blood contribute to the fear you will feel walking through Pennhurst Asylum's aging, echoing halls, they can't come close to the deep, sinking feeling caused by the deep history of torment that has left its imprint on the very fabric of the place. Four spooky skulls out of five.


Haunted Trap House

Like this, but less 90s

In Centreville, Maryand, in the year 1989, a group of visionaries were struck by a bolt of inspiration. What if—instead of zombies and werewolves and demons, and all the stuff out of children's nightmares—what if they filled their haunted house with the real-world nightmares that were actually infesting their city, killing their residents, and generally afflicting every corner of the entire nation. Thus, the Haunted Crack House was born. Since renamed the Haunted Trap House, it's ostensibly an educational experience on the dangers of drug use, it features simulations of overdoses, arrests, and shootings, as well as actual former convicts who are paid to draw on their real experiences to make your visit as terrifying as possible. This kind of fetishizing of human misery to capitalize on the Halloween season is as despicable as it is spooky. Four-and-a-half skulls out of five.


McKamey Manor

He technically consented to this

A $20,000 reward? A 40-page waiver? These figures have garnered a lot of attention in recent headlines. Supposedly this is the "scariest" haunted house experience in the country. Who could resist the temptation of that once-in-a-lifetime experience, combined with the chance to win a big cash prize? Unfortunately, that is exactly what Russ McKay wants. There's a reason he's put so much work into the legal side of his operation. Rather than gassing up neutered chainsaws and chasing you around in a hockey mask, McKay has opted for producing actual, real, straight-up torture. You may not find the decorations and costumes that scary, but you will absolutely fear for your life when you consent to be water-boarded with fake blood. For being operated by a man who is clearly an unhinged psychopath, McKamey Manor ties the Haunted Traphouse, with four-and-a-half spooky skulls.


Donald Vann's House of Horrors

Donald Vann murdered eleven people. Happens to the best of us, but it does present a problem. How do you dispose of all those bodies? Donald's solution was to open a haunted house and put his victims' decaying remains on display as props. Props to him. For eight months he prepared his fetid, malodorous horrors, before debuting on October 1st. Unfortunately, you won't be able to visit his house of horrors, because he has since landed in some legal trouble—board of health, maybe?—but I'm sure for the lucky few who were able to visit during its brief tenure, and witness Vann's "psychotic smirk," I'm sure the nightmares they're left with keep on spooking.


Every Hell House in America


In the same vein as the Haunted Traphouse, Hell Houses are church presentations intended as educational experiences that warn kids and teens away from the path of sin. Their methods for achieving this obviously vary, but according to The Washington Post, you can generally expect the following: "A devil ushers a gay man dying of AIDS into the fiery pit. A teenager who is raped at a drug-filled rave commits suicide and also goes to hell. A young girl hemorrhaging from an abortion repents at the last minute." Awful. Truly sickening. What kind of trauma are they inflicting on these children to prop up their outdated ideologies? Six spooky skulls. Where'd that extra skull come from?? Nobody knows…