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Where to Watch Classic and Favorite Films in NYC this Week

By Margaret Kelly | September 29, 2014 8:17am
 Venues across the city are reacquainting New Yorkers with stars who have long since departed from the big screen.
Classic Movies: September 29 - October 5
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NEW YORK CITY — The city is full of first-run theaters, but some New Yorkers prefer to seek out overlooked films that premiered years — or even just a few months — ago. The 52nd New York Film Festival, which runs through October 12, isn't the only place to catch a previously-screened movie this week. Below, DNAinfo New York offers this week's picks of classic and repertory cinema now showing on big screens across the city.

Monday, September 29

As part of its Retro Metro series, BAMcinématek is reviving "Dames" (1934), the movie musical featuring a magical New York City subway ride. 7 p.m. They'll follow it up with "El Atlantis" (1973), Frank Kuenstler's depiction of the now-defunct Third Avenue elevated track. Tickets for both movies cost $9-$14.

Tuesday, September 30

Kips Bay Library is planning a 4 p.m. screening of Jaume Collet-Serra's "Non-Stop," the Liam Neeson action flick that first hit theaters earlier this year. There is no charge for admission and reservations are not required. 446 Third Avenue at East 31st Street, Manhattan.

Back at BAM Rose Cinemas, director Leslie Harris will introduce a screening of her 1992 indie drama about bold Brooklyn teen Chantel, "Just Another Girl on the I.R.T." (1993). The event begins at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $9-$14.

Wednesday, October 1

Bette Davis will be featured on the big screen in Lincoln Center's showing of "All About Eve" (1950),  Joseph L. Mankiewicz's tale of a haughty Broadway star becoming eclipsed by an ingenue (Anne Baxter). Lincoln Center will screen this Oscar-winning classic twice this week as part of the the New York Film Festival, starting tonight at 9 p.m. at Alice Tully Hall, 1941 Broadway near West 66th. Purchase tickets here. 

"Wizard of Oz" fans take note: Judy Garland's career didn't end after she took off her ruby slippers. In wartime drama "The Clock" (1945), she plays a Manhattan office worker falling in love with an officer on 48-hour leave. BAM Rose Cinemas will screen it at 7 p.m.; tickets are available here.

Thursday, October 2

Columbia University's Buell Hall will host a public screening of French classic "The Grand Illusion" (1937), in which French soldiers struggle to escape from a German prisoner of war camp. 7:30 p.m., 515 West 116th Street. The film will be screened in French with English subtitles. All are welcome; reservations are not required.

Friday, October 3

At 1 p.m., Kips Bay Library will screen New Zealand director Jane Campion's "The Portrait of a Lady" (1996), adapted from the Henry James novel. Nicole Kidman stars as American expatriate heiress Isabel Archer. Catch it at 446 Third Avenue in Manhattan for free; reservations are not required.

Saturday, October 4

In the West Village, Film Forum continues its Tennessee Williams series with "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1958), Richard Brooks' steamy 1958 adaptation featuring Paul Newman opposite Elizabeth Taylor. Three screenings are scheduled: 2:45 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday. John Lahr, author of "Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh," will introduce Saturday's 7:10 p.m. show.

Williamsburg's Nitehawk Cinema presents the 1991 Halloween hit "The Addams Family" at 12:10 p.m; brunch will be available during the film. Guests aged 13 and older are welcome.

Meanwhile, a new generation of horror fans will get the chance to meet Freddie Krueger and his victims in a "A Nightmare on Elm Street," scheduled to screen at the Mid-Manhattan Library. 455 5th Avenue at 40th Street. Admission is free; no reservations required. 2 p.m.

Sunday, October 5

Catch the Museum of the Moving Image's single screening of "The Jerk," starring Steve Martin in his first role in a feature film. Queens College sociologist Robert E. Kapsis, author of "Conversations with Steve Martin," will introduce the film. The event is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Tickets are included with paid admission to the museum and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Back at Lincoln Center, Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra star in a screening of Joseph L. Mankiewicz's "Guys and Dolls" at the Howard Gilman Theater. Brando made his musical debut as crap shooter Sky Masterson in this 1955 Broadway adaptation, performing "Luck be a Lady" and other classic Frank Loesser songs. 5:30 p.m.; tickets are available here

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