Documentary-only movie theater opening in NYC


There’s a very keen happening in New York City for fans of documentaries and non-fiction film. The Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) is going to build its own 73-seat theater that will screen first-run documentaries all year round. Construction will begin in March 2013, and the theater should be completed by early-to-mid 2014. The DCTV is a non-profit committed to documentary film education.

According to The New York Times Arts Beat blog, the official announcement for this theater will be made this Thursday at the DCTV’s 40th-anniversary celebration. The party will be held at the DCTV’s 87 Lafayette location (pictured above, and yes it used to be a firehouse) and is open to the public. James Gandolfini will be there as honorary chair. Tickets range from $40 to $600, though the more affordable tix have already sold out.

This ought to be a fine addition to NYC’s already robust group of theaters — Film Forum, Lincoln Center, The Sunshine, reRun Gastropub, The Angelika, Cinema Village, The IFC Center, The Anthology Film Archives, and the forthcoming Alamo Drafthouse on the Upper West Side. And that’s just scratching the surface. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to pour one out for the Two Boots Pioneer.

[NYT Arts Beat blog via First Showing]

Hubert Vigilla
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