Metrograph Theater Ticketing Goes Live Today Ahead of Friday Opening

Posted on: February 29th, 2016 at 5:12 am by
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Extra, extra. Read all about it. Metrograph Theater on Ludlow Street is but a few days from debut. After a few weeks of private previews, curtains will rise on Friday.

Ticketing for the new duplex arthouse – the vision of local boutique owner Alexander Olch – goes live today. The first movies to play here for public consumption are New York through and through – cult favorite Taxi Driver, Jean Eustache’s The Mother and the Whore, and Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo.

Cost of admission is $15; tickets are sold online only. A membership plan will be available sometime in the future.

A dispatch from the Wall Street Journal:

The movie the­ater will open in earnest next week with a party hosted by a large com­mit­tee of di­rec­tors, from Wes An­der­son to John Wa­ters, with Amy Heck­er­ling, Cary Fuku­naga and Mira Nair in be­tween…

“This is six years in the mak­ing,” said Alexan­der Olch, who has been spear­head-ing the ef­fort be­hind the Met­ro­graph. “This is our lit­tle pre­view.”

As previously reported, the Metrograph is to offer a mix of first-run independent and international movies, as well as repertory films, played on both 35mm and DCP. The schedule is curated by Jacob Perlin, programmer-at-large at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and formerly an associate programmer at BAMcinematek, and Aliza Ma from the Museum of the Moving Image and the Toronto International Film Festival.

The Metrograph carries two screens: one with a capacity of 175 seats, including a 25-seat balcony, and a smaller 47-seat room.

The cinema will also sport onsite amenities such as a restaurant, movie-themed bookstore, and lounge. The nightlife concept was identified as The Commissary, a nod to the golden age of film and the classic Commissary at the Warner Brothers Studios. Chef Jake Klein is in the kitchen.

But there’s still plenty of work to be done before opening day…

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