Film Forum, IFC Center, BAM, Metrograph and more NYC movie theaters closing temporarily over COVID-19
Nitehawk and Alamo Drafthouse are not the only NYC movie theaters that are temporarily closing to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Among them:
BAM Rose Cinema: "In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and in consideration of the health of our audiences, staff, and artists, BAM is immediately suspending all live programming through March 29 and BAM Rose Cinemas is closed until further notice."
IFC Center: “Given the science-supported recommendations from federal, state and city authorities to reduce all nonessential social contact, including large gatherings, in hopes of slowing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we realized that closing the theater now was the best action we could take for the well-being of our community,” said John Vanco, GM and SVP of IFC Center." IFC Center plans to re-open for business on Wednesday, April 1. We will closely monitor developments and update moviegoers on our website with any news.
Metrograph: "As COVID-19 spreads and the safety concerns around large group gatherings increases, we will say what we never thought possible: we will stop screenings at 7 Ludlow Street for the time being... If you have already purchased tickets, your ticket will be honored at new screenings when we reopen...The Metrograph Commissary - serving food and drinks to our guests, and serving family meal to our staff - will remain open for the moment, following safe social distance guidelines, similar to our local neighboring restaurants and bars...We are working closely with our staff to structure financial support for everyone through this difficult time. We also sincerely hope that our Federal, State, and City Government will do their duty to help in this effort."
Film Forum: "Due to developing COVID-19 concerns, Film Forum will close from Sunday, March 15th through Tuesday, March 31st in the interest of our patrons and staff."
Angelika Film Center and the bigger theater chains -- Landmark, AMC and Regal -- are all currently staying open, saying they are monitoring the COVID-19 situation, limiting seating capacity by 50% in theaters, and other measures.