The Film Society Of Lincoln Center

70 Lincoln Center Plaza

Mission Statement:

America’s pre-eminent film presentation organization, The Film Society of Lincoln Center was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, to recognize and support new filmmakers, and to enhance awareness, accessibility and understanding of the art among a broad and diverse film going audience.

As an independent constituent of the world’s foremost performing arts center, the Film Society of Lincoln Center presents a 363-day season that includes premieres of new films from an international roster of established and emerging directors; major retrospectives; in-depth symposia and high profile events. The Film Society is one of those rare institutions whose stature is matched by its popularity, each year welcoming an aggregate audience of more than 200,000 film aficionados, filmmakers and industry leaders of every nationality, age, economic and ethnic group. The organization has been a pioneer among film institutions and one of the film world’s most respected and influential arbiters of cinematic trends and discoveries. François Truffaut, R.W. Fassbinder, Jean-Luc Godard, Pedro Almodóvar, Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson-over the last four decades there is scarcely a major director who has not been introduced to American audiences by the Film Society.

The Film Society is best known for two world-class international festivals-the New York Film Festival (the most famous and prestigious in the country), and New Directors/New Films (celebrating new cinematic artists). It runs a state-of-the-art year-round cinema, the Walter Reade Theater (capacity: 268), and publishes the country’s most respected cinematic journal, Film Comment. Each year the organization presents its annual Gala Tribute honoring legendary stars and industry leaders of our generation at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. The Film Society also hosts an annual Young Friends of Film Honors, which pays tribute to an artist in mid-career, and at various times of the year partners with Hollywood studios to present gala premieres and special live appearances.


G Aquino

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Modern theater and friendly staff, but what makes this place truly special is its continuing support for foreign language films, many by independent filmmakers and small production companies. The lineup during a recent visit includes films from South Korea, France, and Burkina Faso (part of a week-long African Film Festival). They also try to invite directors to interact with the audience after the film. If you’re tired of the usual Hollywood fare, definitely give this place a try.

Kyle Stewart

Sunday, April 15, 2018
Very modern, clean, good looking theatre with art movies, and non genre movies. The merch area is hard to notice though. There is food and drinks. Takes movie pass. Seats and viewing quality is good too. There was one time I sat in a seat, where the light from the projector area came in and was annoying cause I wanted more darkness, that should be looked into.

Javier Fernandez

Friday, May 18, 2018
Very nice and quiet cinema in the UWS. There is only one screen room and the movies are not blockbusters.

Tom Moncho

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Modern and comfortable theater with great sound, and interesting selection of films.

Paul Asjes

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Great architecture. Great art film selection.

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