New LES Movie Theater to Show Independent Movies and Documentaries

By Lisa Arino



LOWER EAST SIDE — A mix of cult classics, independent films and new documentaries are coming to the Metrograph, a movie theater opening next month.

The two-theater movie house, at 7 Ludlow St., near Canal Street, announced its first season of programming Tuesday afternoon.

The inaugural schedule includes international releases like “The Measure of a Man," a French drama that was nominated for the Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, as well as works by directors like Andy Warhol, Martin Scorsese and French filmmaker Jean Eustache.

The theater plans to show its films in both 35mm film and digital projection, its founders said. Metrograph will open on Feb. 19 for private events and begin its public programming in March.

In addition to the two movie theaters, Metrograph will include a restaurant inspired by the dining areas of old film studios from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, as well as a bookstore, lounge and café.

Further details about its first-year programming, as well as ticket information, will be announced in the upcoming weeks, according to the theater.

Metrograph's inaugural schedule is as follows:

► March 4-10: “Surrender to the Screen,” a collection of movies that “kidnap us into the theater and transport us to the world of filmgoing.” Titles include “Taxi Driver,” “Desperately Seeking Susan,” Jean-Luc Godard’s “Vivre sa Vie” and “Goodbye, Dragon Inn,” directed by Tsai Ming-liang.

► March 9-17: Jean Eustache retrospective, which includes his two feature films “The Mother and the Whore” and “Mes Petites Amoureuses” as well as “rare imported prints.”

► March 11-17: “The Student Nurses” by Stephanie Rothman.

► March 16-April 21: “Welcome to Metrograph: A-F,” the theater’s first installment of a year-long, alphabetically ordered series of films it considers “must-sees.”

► March 18-24: “A Space Program,” a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the art installation "Space Program 2.0. Mars” at the Park Avenue Armory.

► Sundays beginning March 20: “Old and Improved,” a presentation of a newly preserved or restored 35mm or 16mm film.

► March 25-April 14: “Three Wiseman,” a trio of documentaries by Peabody Award- and a George Polk Career Award-winning filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, whose work includes a documentary about Jackson Heights.

► March 25-31: “Office 3D,” a musical starring Chow Yun-fat and Sylvia Chang by Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To.

► April 1-7: “Afternoon” by Tsai Ming-liang, which showed at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival last year.

► April 15-21: “The Measure of a Man,” which will be part of a retrospective of French actor Vincent Linon’s work that includes four other films like “Seventh Heaven” and “Friday Night.”

► April 15-21: “Los Sures,” a documentary of the Puerto Rican and Dominican community in 1980s Williamsburg.

► April 22-28: “Hockney,” a documentary about English artist David Hockney.

► April 22-28: “Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Top Ten Films on 35 mm.” Metrograph will show a list of the filmmaker’s 10 favorite movies, according to a list published in 1982 ahead of a new documentary about the German filmmaker.

► April 29-May 5: “Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands,” a documentary about Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who was a major figure of the New German Cinema movement during the 1960s to 1980s.

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