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LES Indie Movie Theater, Restaurant and Bookshop to Open in February

By Lisha Arino | December 21, 2015 3:28pm
 Metrograph will show independent and international movies starting on Feb. 19, 2016, it announced Monday.
Metrograph will show independent and international movies starting on Feb. 19, 2016, it announced Monday.
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LOWER EAST SIDE — Locals will soon be able to catch a flick without leaving the neighborhood.

Metrograph, a two-screen independent movie theater currently under construction at 7 Ludlow St., will open Feb. 19, theater representatives announced Monday afternoon.

The theater will screen a mix of first-run independent and international films as well as repertory films, both digitally and using 35mm film, its founders have said.

Metrograph will announce its inaugural programming calendar next month, according to its announcement, which was first reported by Indiewire.

The location will also include a cinema-dedicated bookshop, a café, lounge, bar and restaurant called “The Commissary,” which was inspired by the dining areas of old Hollywood film studios, founder Alexander Olch told the local community board in October.

The theater also announced three new hires. Michael Koresky will be the director of publications and marketing after serving as the staff writer of the Criterion Collection for the past 10 years.

Michael Lieberman, a former publicist at Film Presence and Susan Norget Film Promotion, will serve as head of publicity, while Dana Vladimir, previously the director of publicity at Magnolia Pictures, will be head of communications and events.

“As we looked to expand our team, we turned to the brightest up-and-coming stars in the industry,” Metrograph CEO Ethan Oberman said in a statement.

“Given all that we are doing and where we are headed, Koresky, Lieberman, and Vladimir are the perfect complements to help us achieve our goal, which is to create an innovative new concept of cinema-going and a vibrant new center for New York’s film community. We are lucky and proud to welcome our newest members as we gear up for our opening in February.”