Art & Culture

Movie Theater, Bar & Restaurant Where They Take Celluloid Seriously…

Metrograph Exterior Lower East Side

About Metrograph

 & why it made the Carpe City list

  • On any given week at Metrograph, you can see anything from Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Twin Peaks to Psycho to The Sound of Music.
  • With only two screens, this place packs a hefty cinematic punch!
  • Metrograph offers rare archival print screenings as well as exclusive premieres, special dinners, and book signings all under one roof.
    • And the consistently fantastic movies and events are not the only things that are meticulously curated:
    • The theater offers a whole new take on an old school art house.
      • It opened in 2016 with a candy shop, book store, lounge and Commissary restaurant that harkens back to the great Hollywood studio cafeterias during the golden age of film.
      • Founder (and filmmaker and fashion designer) Alexander Olch envisioned the space as a place fit for New York’s filmmakers and filmgoers alike.
      • The whole vibe is about creation and celebration.
      • Olch hopes that between shows, you’re hanging out in the Commissary writing your own screenplay…
      • They have a unique “writer’s menu” full of “small dishes you can eat with one hand while writing with the other hand.”

Carpe City Trivia

A little film buff trivia...

  • Thomas Edison himself gave the first-ever public presentation of the Vitascope (an early film camera) at Koster and Bial’s Music Hall on 34th Street and Broadway in 1896!  (Yes, Macy’s is now on that corner.)
    • And guess what? Edison didn’t even invent it. He acquired the rights to manufacture and market it as his invention, but it was created by Thomas Armat!

By: Lucie Levine
Photography by:

Anne Crays

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