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.

Film Forum

The excellent “Summer Festival of Fantasy, Horror & Science Fiction” brings three like-minded films on 35mm this Friday (8/23): first, a two-for-one Invasion of the Body Snatchers double-feature, screening versions from 1956 and 1978; this is followed by a late showing of Abel Ferrara‘s rarer, more controversial version of the same tale.

The tradition continues Saturday and Sunday (8/24, 8/25), respectively, a presentation of Roman Polanski‘s The Fearless Vampire Killers and Robert Fuest‘s The Abominable Dr. Phibes planned, followed by The Creature from the Black Lagoon (in 3D!) and The Incredible Shrinking Man. And, on the former day, be sure to catch a print of Blacula.

Joseph Losey‘s The Servant is back for one week.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

“Fight the power” is Film Society’s message, the theater having commenced a series titled “Cinema of Resistance.” To celebrate that which is “radical in both content and form, ever mindful of the relationship between politics and aesthetics,” Friday (8/23) brings The 17th Parallel, Ice, To Be Twenty in the Aures, and Underground. Plenty of time can be occupied on Saturday (8/24), with showings of West Indies: The Fugitive Slaves of Liberty and the 345-minute La Commune. As if that weren’t enough, Attica, Hour of the Furnaces (Part One), and Parco Lambro Juvenile Proletariat Festival — as well as a second appearance of Underground — are scheduled for this Sunday (8/24).

A different form of cinematic resistance comes around Friday at midnight, with a 35mm screening of Pink Flamingos on the docket.

On Saturday and Sunday, Vincent Minnelli‘s Gene Kelly– and Judy Garland-led The Pirate is scheduled to appear.

Museum of the Moving Image

Two of Wong Kar-wai‘s greatest films, In the Mood for Love and 2046, screen Saturday and Sunday (8/24, 8/25), respectively, on prints.

Cleaning up this weekend with “Fun City: New York in the Movies 1967–75,” the museum is to show The French Connection and Across 110th Street on Saturday, while Sunday brings Eastwood-starrer Coogan’s Bluff and the classic Midnight Cowboy. All are on 35mm.

Anthology Film Archives

Girls, girls, girls, with a lot of help from Russ Meyer.


Keeping up the streak of social activism, BAM’s “A Time for Burning: Cinema of the Civil Rights Movement” continues. On Friday (8/23), there’s the opportunity to see Odds Against Tomorrow — cited as “[t]he first film noir to feature a black protagonist” — and the documentary Black Natchez, the latter accompanied by shorts. The order on Saturday (8/24) is Nothing But a Man and Two Thousand Maniacs!, while Sunday (8/25) brings with it A Raisin the Sun. All but Natchez are on 35mm.

Nitehawk Cinema

Also in Brooklyn is Lucio Fulci‘s New York Ripper, playing as part of “I Heart New York Horror” this Friday and Saturday (8/23, 8/24) at midnight.

As part of “The Works – Bill Murray,” those same nights and times present Caddyshack.

Saturday and Sunday (8/25), “Vamps and Virgins” brings a Brunch screening of the Clara Bow-led It, while “We Can Be Heroes” allows one to see The Jerk, also with a brunch accompaniment.

IFC Center

Late-night Friday and Saturday (8/23, 8/24) showings are in store for Jaws, El Topo, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the latter with a 35mm print.

Earlier in the day, also on film, is A Perfect World, one of the more acclaimed titles in Clint Eastwood‘s directorial oeuvre.

Landmark Sunshine

Footloose shows midnight on Friday and Saturday (8/23, 8/24) — which offers a chance to quote the Kenny Loggins song, but we’ll have to pass.

What are your weekend watching plans?

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