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Published February 2nd 2011
Though your favorites might still be the ones playing on your big screen TV at home, there are still a few options for late-night movie going in the city that never sleeps.
While most mainstream theaters offer their last screenings at around 10PM, the Lower East Side is lucky to have midnight Friday and Saturday screenings at the beautiful Landmark Sunshine Cinema on East Houston Street, formerly a nineteenth-century Yiddish vaudevillian theatre. The selection ranges from campy horror films to 1980s and 1990s blockbusters, but almost any movie is better at midnight. Screenings in February include: Rear Window, The Evil Dead, Jurassic Park, and Pink Floyd's The Wall. Better still, tickets are $9.99.
Also downtown, though on the west side of Manhattan, is the IFC Center in the historic Waverly Theater. IFC runs its "Waverly Midnights" program each Friday and Saturday night, usually based around a theme. The current theme, "When Animals Attack," runs through April and includes the following films: The Birds, Anaconda, It Came From Beneath the Sea, Jaws, King Kong, Empire of the Ants, Arachnophobia, White Dog, Monkey Shines, Birdemic: Shock and Terror, Pet Sematary, and Cujo. A plus is IFC's yummy organic popcorn. Tickets are $13, but IFC members enjoy significant discounts.
The Angelika Film Center in the West Village hosts weekend screenings of popular first-run films with some not beginning until well after midnight. Check local listings for exact show times, but if you want to see your favorite film and all the other screenings are sold out, head to the Angelika for a magical experience. Tickets are $13 and available through Fandango or the Angelika box office.