IFC Center

The theatrical home of the Independent Film Channel

Past IFC Center Movies

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Haitian-Puerto Rican “Boom for Real”

BROOKLYN, DECEMBER 22 (Sun in 2019) ~ “Boom for Real” is a documentary (May 11 – June 21, 2018) about Basquiat’s early years and the City that formed the landmark Haitian-Puerto Rican artist who was born in Brooklyn in 1960.
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Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ Best Director, Foreign Film Review

NETFLIX; Nov 21, 2018 to Mar 21, 2019; Mexican movies Oscar winners Netflix TV ~ Best movie of 2018 in any language. See it in a theater so you can hear it too.

DOC NYC 2018 ~ America’s biggest documentary film festival

November 8 – 15, 2018
IFC Center, SVA Theatre & Cinepolis
West Village & Chelsea, Manhattan
America’s largest documentary film festival presents over 300 films and events with 42 world premieres and 17 U.S. premieres
African – American, Brazilian, Honduran, Indigenous, Italian, Jamaican, Jewish, Mexican, Puerto Rican and Spanish films

‘Cocote’ is a Dominican film that questions family, tradition and faith

Winner of “Best Film” at Switzerland’s 2017 Locarno International Film Festival.
IFC Center
West Village, Manhattan
August 3 – 9, 2018

‘Zama’ is Lucrecia Martel’s colonial Argentine story about waiting

Lucrecia Martel is one of the great Argentine directors. Argentina’s 2017 Oscars entry for “Best Foreign-Language Film” opened at Venice, then did well at Toronto and The New York Film Festival.
April 13 – June 24, 2018

21st New York International Children’s Film Festival 2018

Be the first to see the next generation of children’s cinema.
Cinépolis Chelsea, IFC Center, Scandinavia House, SVA Theatre in Manhattan
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Downtown Brooklyn
Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, Queens
Weekends, February 23 – March 18, 2018
Saturday – Sunday
March 17 – 18, 2018

‘Vazante’ gets under your skin in a painfully beautiful way

Brilliant story about racism in colonial Brazil.
IFC Center
West Village, Manhattan
January 12 – 25, 2018

‘Django’ shows us how to respond to institutional racial hate ~ Keep going

A bio-drama about how the legendary French Manouche Hot Jazz guitarist responded to Nazi persecution.
IFC Center
West Village, Manhattan
January 5 – 18, 2018

Like Crazy (La pazza gioia) finds a little bit of happiness

Two half women make themselves whole by taking a road trip out of the psychiatric hospital into a truly crazy world in this Italian comedy-drama.
IFC Center
West Village, Manhattan
May 5 – 18, 2017

Neruda is a wry detective story

Hot Chilean director Pablo Larrain stars Mexican actor Gael García Bernal at IFC Center Mar 10-16, 2017

IFC Center is a five-screen, state-of-the-art, independent movie theater in Manhattan’s West Village. It is part of AMC Networks.

IFC Center launches independent films that feed into the Independent Film Channel. It also hosts DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival in November.


The Waverly Theater

The 1807 building was originally the Dutch Reform Church.

In the 1930s, the old church was converted into The Waverly Theater which became a well-known art house cinema.

In the 1960s The Waverly became a hangout for young people in The Village. It’s mentioned several times in the 1967 Rock musical Hair produced by the Public Theater in the East Village.

In 1976, The Waverly became the home of midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show which grew into a nationwide audience participation cinema experience. As a kid in the Los Angeles suburbs, I remember thinking how strange the Rocky Horror fans were. After living in and around New York City for almost 20 years, nothing seems strange anymore.

The Waverly closed in 2001 right after the 9/11 attack shocked New York City.

IFC Center opened in 2005. IFC Center is now raising funds for a major expansion.


Box Office

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IFC Center
323 Avenue of the Americas
(at West 3rd St)
West Village, Manhattan


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