There are more repertory cinema screenings now than even before, and more venues than you think! Below's list includes many culturally significant film houses from around the world, some with unique architecture, each with it's own quirky history. We're always updating the list, but if you have one near you that we've missed, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!
FILM FORUM (Manhattan, New York)
Situated in lower Manhattan since 1970, Film Forum screens a highly eclectic year round calendar of classics both famous and obscure.
EGYPTIAN THEATER (Hollywood, CA)
First opened in 1922, it hosts a range of 35mm, 70mm and DCPs and mostly double features of classics from all decades.
NEW BEVERLY CINEMA (Los Angeles, CA)
Owned by Quentin Tarantino, this classic film house screens double features of many incredibly rare 16mm and 35mm prints programmed by Tarantino himself.
ASTOR THEATRE (Melbourne, Australia)
First opened in 1936, this art deco film palace is famous the world over. Screens double features in 35mm, 70mm and DCP. Has been home to three resident cats and a history not unlike a Hollywood tale, with several close calls from closure.
PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA (London, England)
London's legendary repertory film institution. Screens a creative and bold calendar of retrospectives, festivals and more in 35mm, 70mm and DCP formats. Its marquee is well known for its quirky messages and slogans.
THE CASTRO THEATRE (San Francisco, CA)
The bay area's grand old film palace is a sheer marvel with a stunning Baroque facade. Opened in 1922, it seats 1400 and screens classics and cult double features, plus sing alongs and more. Screens 35mm, 70mm and DCP.
IFC CENTER (Manhattan, New York)
Opening in the 1930s, The Waverley Theater reopened as The IFC Center in 2005 after a closure four years prior. As well as new arthouse fare, they screen regular retrospectives and midnight movies (a concept started by The Waverley) in 35mm and digital formats.
AERO THEATRE (Santa Monica, CA)
Part of the American Cinematheque along with The Egyptian Theatre, it screens a similar program concept of classics and cult films in 35mm, 70mm and DCP.
ROXIE THEATRE (San Francisco, CA)
Opened in 1909, it is the cities oldest cinema, harboring the spirit of a true classic film house pushing the aspect of brining community together through film. Independent films screen alongside classics in 35mm and digital.
COLLEGE CORNER THEATRE (Brookline, Massachusetts)
Opened in 1933, this art deco film house was saved from demolition by a local real estate magnate that bought it and leased it back to Corner Corner Theatre Foundation in 1989 for 99 years. Screens classics in 35mm and DCP.
MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE (Queens, New York)
Reopened in 2011, the Museum hosts exhibitions dedicated to motion imagery through various mediums. It's cinema screens up to 400 films a year including 35mm and 70mm projection. Hosts an annual 70mm festival.
AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR THE MOVING IMAGE (Melbourne, Australia)
Starting life in 1946, 'ACMI' became a state of the art facility of exhibitions dedicated to the moving image through a variety of media. It boasts two cinemas that screen a multitude of cinema, including repertory in 35mm and digital formats.
REDFORD THEATRE (Detroit, Michigan)
In continuous operation since 1928, it has a three story grand lobby, immense auditorium with full size stage and screens classics in 35mm and digital formats with affordable tickets. Also features a genuine organ, a regular feature of cinemas of that era.
MUSIC BOX THEATRE (Chicago, Illinois)
Opened in 1929, the Music Box added a second screen in 1991 in addition to the gorgeous main auditorium. It screens all film and digital formats with a regular midnight program. Legend is the original manager haunts the theatre, with the couch he passed away on still sitting in the lobby.
BAM CINEMATEK (Brooklyn, New York)
Originally a music hall, then converted to a playhouse, the venue became BAM Rose Cinemas in 1998, restoring the playhouse's elegant proscenium and preserving the history of the space while providing a state-of-the-art viewing experience. An extensive repertory calendar screens mainly in 35mm.
QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY OF MODERN ART CINEMATHEQUE (Queensland, Australia)
Many rare 35mm prints from influential names in cinema history screen here on Wednesday and Friday nights plus weekend matinees with most screenings free of charge
TEXAS THEATRE (Dallas, Texas)
Opened in 1931, this historical theatre was constructed in Venetian style and was the first in Dallas to feature air conditioning. More infamously, it was where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested. Still sporting iconic neon signage, classic movies are screened here in 35mm and DCP formats.
FRENCH CINEMATHEQUE (Paris, France)
Home to one of the largest collections of film documents and objects, this French film organization also screens an extensive calendar of festivals, restorations and collections in 35mm and DCP formats.
AFI SILVER (Silver Spring, Maryland)
Designed in art deco style and opened in 1938 and now houses three screens. As well as new releases, The AFI screens a very extensive range of classics in 35mm, 70mm and digital formats.
THE BRATTLE THEATRE (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Opened in 1953, The Brattle is situated in Brattle Hall and has maintained a loyal fan base ever since, and features a one-of-a-kind rear projection screen. A highly eclectic calendar includes martial arts, quirky favorites, cult cinema and traditional classics screening in 35mm and DCP formats.
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE (Various)
A legendary film house that has now spread to multiple states, Alamo presents new release and independent films alongside cult classics, audience participation events and Q&A's. They have a (thankfully) strict no cell phone policy that sees patrons ejected without refund if a device is used during any session. You have been warned!
ROXY CINEMA (New York City)
Situated in Tribeca, the Roxy is an art deco inspired film house screening first run films and classics in 35mm. The programming is varied and tickets are very reasonably priced. Features a wonderful old style marquee and is on the same property as the Roxy Hotel.
NORTH PARK THEATRE (Buffalo, New York)
A labor of love, The Buffalo was fully restored from neglect to its original splendor and reopened in 2014. An elegant neo-classical foyer and auditorium feature massive Art Nouveau murals as well as stunning stained glass windows. Opened in 1920, it's iconic art deco marquee was added in 1941. Screens special classic matinees and restorations alongside new releases.
SYNDICATED (Brooklyn, New York)
Opened in 2015, Syndicated is a bar, theatre and restaurant in the fast gentrifying area of Bushwick in Brooklyn. It's calendar reads like a wish list of a true film nerd, ranging from retrospectives, cult movies and late night classics. A great date night for movie nerds with very cheap ticket prices.
CHARLES THEARE (Baltimore, Maryland)
Seating 1150 people, The Charles is the cities oldest cinema, its origins dating back to 1892. Despite renovations, it has remained mainly intact. John Waters has premiered many of his movies here. Screens classics alongside new releases in 35mm print format.
MAYFAIR THEATRE (Ottaway, Canada)
Opened in 1932, The Mayfair is the Candian cities oldest continually running cinema. Designed in Spanish Revival style it features faux balconies, stained glass windows and a proscenium arch in it's auditorium. Now screens an ongoing repertory calendar alongside new releases in 16mm, 35mm and DCP formats.
PLAZA THEATRE (Atlanta, Georgia)
Opened in 1939, The Plaza is Atlanta's oldest running film house. Having changed hands several times, it has undergone several renovations, and features a fantastic neon sign. The Plaza screens independent film alongside an ongoing repertory schedule and often brings film makers in for Q&A's.
METROGRAPH (Manhattan, New York City)
Opened in 2015, The Metrograph's mission is to hark back to the hospitality of cinemas in the 1920s. Featuring a restaurant, bookstore, balcony lounge and candy bar, the cinema hosts premieres as well as a massive, well curated selection of classics and cult movies mainly in 35mm.
LOFT CINEMA (Tuscon, Arizona)
Opened in 1972, The Loft is a non profit cinema that screens independent and art house new releases alongside an ongoing calendar of retrospective and classic cinema. Screens 35mm and DCP formats and is home to one of the coolest retro signs in repertory culture.
SOMERVILLE THEATRE (Somerville, Massachusetts)
Opened in 1914, The Somerville has an incredible history, screening film alongside vaudeville upon opening and originally offering a bowling alley and billiard hall too. Decline in the 1980s afforded a massive renovation opportunity to include more screens and now shows new releases alongside classics in 35mm and 70mm. Artists like U2 and Bruce Springsteen have performed here also.
REGENT STREET CINEMA (London, England)
A cinema of massive importance, The Regent projected the very first moving pictures to be seen in the UK back in 1896, shot by none other than the Lumiere Brothers. Restored after 35 years of closure and reopened in 2015, The Regent screens the classics, including double features, in 16mm, 35mm and digital formats.
LAURELHURST THEATRE (Portland, Oregon)
Opened in 1923, The Laurelhurst was constructed with an Art Deco design, and features a spectacular neon sign. Screens new release and independent films alongside a repertory calendar.
HOLLYWOOD THEATRE (Portland, Oregon)
Since 1926, The Hollywood has been steeped in film history, being the first cinema in the Pacific Northwest equipped for Cinerama (needing three projectors) and a stunning Terra Cotta facade. It now offers four screens catering to independent fare as well as classics and rare cult movies in 35mm.
HEIGHTS THEATER (Columbia Heights, Minnesota)
Constructed in Beaux Arts style and opened in 1926, this film palace still features an organ that was characteristic of the era and is played pre-show on weekends. After hard times in the 1980s, it was restored to its original glory and now screens new independent films and classics in 35mm.
CINERAMA (Seattle, Washington)
Cinerama now plays new releases, but also host an annual 70mm Film Festival. Opened in 1963, it's signifiant due to its construction as a three projector Cinerama venue, before becoming a 70mm film house. Surviving the decline of the 80s and 90s it's an enormously popular single screen film house, complete with lobby exhibits of costumes from Star Wars, Bladerunner and Batman.
THE FRIDA CINEMA (Santa Ana, California)
The Frida is a non for profit cinema run in Santa Ana that specializes in independent, art house and classics and named for Frida Kahlo. Also screens live music accompaniment sessions.
GRAND ILLUSION CINEMA (Seattle, Washington)
The Grand Illusion is the longest continuously running cinema in Seattle. Named one of the best film houses in the U.S, it screens independent movies with classic, cult and midnight screenings. Quentin Tarantino, Takashi Miike and Eddie Izard among others have appeared here.
DRYDEN THEATRE (Rochester, New York)
Found at the Eastman Museum, named for the founder of the Eastman Kodak company, the Dryden is equipped to show all film formats, including incredible rare nitrate films, as well as DCP. It screens an enviable calendar of film history.
NITEHAWK (Brooklyn, New York)
Opened in 2011, Nitehawk was started by the former owners of the legendary Reel Life video store. As well as independent film, they screen an ongoing calendar of cult cinema and classics in 35mm and digital formats, as well as live music accompaniment, midnight movies, Saturday morning cartoon festivals and in cinema dining.
HAYDEN ORPHEUM PICTURE PALACE (Sydney, Australia)
Opened in 1935, The Hayden Orpheum is Sydney's magnificent film palace that began life screening movies as well as housing stage shows. After disastrous neglect and the fate that befalls most of the world's classic film houses, it had retails unceremoniously shoved throughout it's guts while the art deco relics were left to rot. Purchased in 1986, owner Mike Walsh with Cinema Historian and designer John Love embarked on an ambitious project to fully restore this cinema gem, while expanding it to house additional screens (all in lavish style) to remain commercially viable. The result is one of the most spectacular theatres in the Southern Hemisphere, complete with organ, and screens classic and cult movies alongside new releases.