Programming highlights include 4K Restoration of "Possession," Amos Vogel Centennial, "Radio On," Lives of Performers, Isabel Sandoval Selects, and More
New York (September 9, 2021) – The Metrograph Theater and Commissary Restaurant at 7 Ludlow Street will reopen on Friday, October 1, 2021.
“We’ve missed seeing you at the theater!” said Metrograph CEO Christian Grass. “We are grateful to our team who have been working behind the scenes preparing our space and our programs to offer an experience which will be both exciting and safe. Looking forward to our continued growth, and to seeing everyone very soon.”
“On behalf of our team, thank you to everyone who stopped by to knock on our doors and say an encouraging word, who added a supportive comment on one of our posts, and most especially to the overwhelming wave of supporters who joined us this year as Members. We can’t wait to see the New Yorkers at Ludlow Street, and those further away on Metrograph At Home.” said Metrograph Founder Alexander Olch.
Metrograph will welcome audiences back on October 1 with a selection of films meant to be seen on the big screen, beginning with the brand new 4K restoration of Andrzej Zulawski’s stunningly visceral “Possession,” starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill. Other new release highlights include “Labyrinth of Cinema,” the final film from master Nobuhiko Obayashi; a new restoration of Christopher Petit’s “Radio On;” Lisa Rovner’s “Sisters with Transistors;” and Todd Chandler’s documentary “Bulletproof.” Repertory series and special event screenings include the Amos Vogel Centennial, as Metrograph joins New York City institutions in paying tribute to the legendary cinema impresario; Isabel Sandoval Selects, with Sandoval in person; Lives of Performers, a series dedicated to one of cinema’s most enduring themes: performers’ lives on and off the stage; and Get Crazy, an antidote to this last year of isolation featuring a program of films that celebrate big crowds, sweaty parties, and intimate gatherings. Continuing Metrograph’s dedication to film projection, our reopening program also showcases 16mm and 35mm screenings, including “Opening Night,” “Ali: Fear Eats the Soul,” “Story of Last Chrysanthemums,” “All That Jazz,” and many more.
“These times present an exciting challenge, which has made it so fun to program a slate of films – from ‘Lola Montes’ to ‘Project X’ – that will be shared with an audience of friends and strangers”, said Metrograph Programmer-at-Large Nellie Killian. “Spontaneity is something that has been in short supply during the pandemic, but Metrograph has always been a place where you could show up on a whim and see something great. We’re looking forward to inviting people in to be surprised by something they haven’t seen, or excited to revisit an old favorite.”
Metrograph At Home programming continues to stream at Metrograph.com and on the Metrograph TV app, featuring highlights from theatrical programming, including Possession and selections from Lives of Performers, along with exclusive titles. The full slate of October In Theater and At Home programming, including weeklong engagements, repertory series, special events, and digital exclusives, will be announced in the coming weeks.
Metrograph is also thrilled to once again begin hosting select private events and premieres at 7 Ludlow. Metrograph’s theaters and Commissary Restaurant specialize in unique curated experiences for private events, ranging from large scale red carpet premieres to more intimate preview screenings, along with receptions and after parties as awards season and the holidays quickly approach.
Upstairs at the Metrograph Commissary, Chef Dennis Spina has been working on an updated menu for patrons. The Commissary Restaurant, inspired by the original studio restaurants of Hollywood’s golden age where famed actors and working crew members would dine, drink, and socialize together, looks forward to welcoming back its loyal patrons and new guests. Also upstairs, The Metrograph Bookstore returns with a selection of vintage, rare, and new film books, in New York’s only cinema dedicated bookshop. New items will be added regularly, with book signing events and online offerings t0 be announced.
While we’re excited to welcome everyone back, the safety of our team and audiences remains Metrograph’s highest priority. In accordance with New York City regulations, all staff and audience members are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and must present a valid proof of vaccination along with a photo ID. Masks are required for entry and must be worn at all times, except when seated in the Metrograph Commissary. Please visit Metrograph.com to read our full health & safety policy.
Metrograph Membership is available for $5/month or $50/year, and offers access and benefits to all In Theater and At Home programs. More information available here.