Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Museum of the Moving Image

Two of Howard Hawks‘ greatest comedies will screen this weekend, and sandwiched between them is a melodrama. Bringing Up Baby shows up on Saturday (9/28), while Sunday (9/29) brings the James Cagney-led racing picture The Crowd Roars — likely a fine compliment to Red Line 7000, screening later in the series — and Monkey Business, which stars none other than Carey Grant, Ginger Rogers, and Marilyn Monroe.

Not that your time at MoMI needs to be all-Hawks, all the time: the one-and-only L’Avventura returns to New York City this Sunday, as part of “See It Big!”

Museum of Modern Art

One of Fellini‘s final pictures, Ginger e Fred, plays on Saturday (9/28) for “Dante Ferretti: Designing for the Big Screen” — which, Sunday (9/29), brings Elio Petri‘s Todo Modo and Pasolini‘s Medea. All are on 35mm.

Film Forum

Jacques Becker‘s Antoine and Antoinette will play through the weekend, as seen in a new restoration.

Some classic comedy is the plan for Sunday (9/29), beginning with the Harold Lloyd-starring Speedy making a 35mm appearance. Most substantial is, later in the day, a showing of the long-lost Three Stooges short Hello Pop, which is accompanied by “rare examples of early Technicolor from George Eastman House” and three shorts of varying availability. For fans of rare and lost cinema, it’s a cant-miss exhibition.

IFC Center

Not content to let Hawks fall solely to one New York City theater, IFC will screen a 35mm print of Red River every morning of the weekend.

At midnight this Friday and Saturday (9/27, 9/28), Richard Linklater‘s Slacker and the Coen brothersBig Lebowski screen.

Nitehawk Cinema

Richard Kelly‘s metaphysical drama of teenage angst comes to Brooklyn this weekend, with Donnie Darko screening, on film, Friday and Saturday (9/27, 9/28) at midnight, as part of “Find the Time” and September brunch.

On those same nights, around those same times, “Nitehawk Naughties” brings Revenge of the Cheerleaders, also on 35mm.

Just before noon on Saturday and Sunday (9/29), Fritz Lang‘s Metropolis will screen under the “Vamps and Virgins” label — complete with a live musical performance from Black Lodge — while Back to the Future screens concurrently for “Find the Time.” Brunch accompanies either screening.

Landmark Sunshine

The full cut of Terry Gilliam‘s Brazil is screening at midnight.


To celebrate John Waters‘ muse, BAM will hold 35mm showings of the director’s Female Trouble and Polyester — screening on Saturday and Sunday (9/27, 9/28), respectively.

What are your weekend watching plans?

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