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New main 267-seat theater, Museum of the Moving Image. Designed by Leeser Architecture. Credit: Photo: Peter Aaron/Esto. Courtesy of Museum of the Moving Image.The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. Image via www.sumnermredstonefoundation.org

In an age dominated by blockbuster films, movie theaters that show anything other than the top 15 newest Hollywood films are scarce. Fortunately, there are still a few with some respect for what film used to be before the commercialism. New York City is full of movie theaters playing all the same top grossing films, but there are a handful off the beaten path if you know where to look. Here are some of the coolest, oldest, quirkiest, and most beautiful places we found in the city.

9. The Film Forum – West Houston Street

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The Film Forum is one of the city’s largest independent film theaters. It was founded as a nonprofit in 1970 for the screening of independent films and was originally a single room with 50 folding chairs, one projector, and a $19,000 budget. It is known for its unusual selection of films and is hailed as one of New York’s leading art house theaters. Today, the theater operates three screens and controls a $4.3 million budget.

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