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Where You Can See Classic Movies Screening in the City this Week

By Margaret Kelly | September 7, 2014 9:41pm
 Find out where your favorite movies are screening in NYC this week. 
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NEW YORK CITY — As the city's many summer outdoor cinema series draw to a close, the moviegoers are moving indoors.

But the fall film season isn't just about the new releases. Cinephiles can catch old favorites on big screens across the city at a wide range of venues, from cocktail bars to libraries.

Whether you're craving an '80s romantic comedy, a French art house flick, or a Harry Potter marathon, DNAinfo New York has found a spot to revisit your favorite feature or discover a classic for the first time.

Here's our picks of this week's big-screen cinema.

Monday, September 8

The people of Williamsburg's Huckleberry Bar have been screening the entire "Harry Potter" saga one film at a time; and it's not too late to catch the last few installments.

Join Harry in his descent into Lord Voldemort's sordid past in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (2009) at 9:00 p.m. The bar will serve up popcorn and "butterbeer," which manager John Katayama says is a coconut cream and a butterscotch liqueur in an extra special pale ale. Muggles who would like good seats should be sure to arrive early. 588 Grand Street. Admission is free.

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Tuesday, September 9

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem is offering a screening of 2008 documentary "Old Man Bebo," featuring Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés, who died in 2013. Check it out at Maysles Cinema at 343 Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Boulevard, between 127th and 128th Streets, Harlem. Tickets cost $10; buy them here. One screening only, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, September 10

If you missed "The Devil Wears Prada" on the big screen back in 2006, now's your chance to toast a larger-than-life Meryl Streep at bar/theatre Nitehawk Cinema.

They've scheduled a single screening for 9:30 p.m. Guests must be 18 or older. Tickets cost $15; buy them here. 136 Metropolitan Avenue between Berry and Wythe, Williamsburg.

Thursday, September 11

Angsty teens owe a lot to "Rebel Without a Cause," Nicholas Ray's 1955 classic starring James Dean, whose tragic death in car crash nearly coincided with the film's release.

Chelsea's Bowtie Cinemas is playing it as part of their "Cine Classics" series. One screening only, $8. Buy tickets, check out the Cine Classics schedule, or suggest your favorite film for a future showing. 260 West 23rd Street.

French director Jean Renoir revisits World War I in "Grand Illusion," a 1937 depiction of French prisoners and their German commandant. MoMA is screening it as part of their exhibition "The Great War: A Cinematic Legacy." Find it in Theater 1 at the museum, 4:30 p.m., 11 West 53rd Street between 5th & 6th. Tickets cost $8-$12. (Members get in free.) In French with English subtitles.

Friday, September 12

Vintage horror and sci-fi fans should check out Edward D. Wood Jr.'s "Plan 9 from Outer Space" (1956), featuring aliens who attempt to take over Earth by reviving corpses as zombies and vampires. Film critic Leonard Maltin describes it as "so mesmerizingly awful it actually improves (so to speak) with each viewing." See it at Anthology Film Archives, the East Village art house mecca. 32 2nd Avenue at East 2nd. 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 13

It might be a long time since you've sat through detention, but "The Breakfast Club" (1985) will bring you back. Join Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald and friends in this 1980's teenage classic at the Mid-Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library. 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street, 6th floor. 2 p.m. Free admission; more details here.

Film nerds unite at Videology, the Williamsburg cine-bar that regularly screens movies and TV. At 10 p.m., they're showing "Clue," Jonathan Lynn's 1985 darkly comedic murder mystery. Aspiring Miss Scarlets and Professor Plums should stay after the show — they'll be breaking out the board game.

Sunday, September 14

Monty Python's not dead yet — at least not at Symphony Space on the Upper West Side. They're screening "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975) and "Life of Brian" (1979) back to back on Sunday evening as part of their Classics in HD series.

Arthurian spoof "Holy Grail" begins at 7 p.m., followed by the irreverent "Life of Brian" at 9 p.m. See both features at a discount: $22 for adults, $18 for seniors and students, and $14 for members. One screening only. 2537 Broadway at 95th.

Habana Outpost's weekly movie night stretches from May through October, making it one of the few places where you can still catch a screening under the stars. Slated for the 14th is "Wild Style," the 1983 hip hop flick starring real-life New York graffiti artist Lee Quinones. Rated R. Screening is free; food and drink will be available to purchase. 757 Fulton Street, Fort Greene.