How to Support NYC Movie Theaters While Staying In During Social Distancing staff

New York loves the movies, and going out to see a film at an independent theater is a favorite city pastime. While social distancing to combat the spread of Covid-19 means we need to stay away from the box office for a while, there are still ways to stay connected to NYC’s theaters—and help them survive the downturn—from the comfort of your own home. Read on for ideas as you dream of the coming attractions on the horizon.

The Angelika sells gift cards.

The best way to support BAM Rose Cinemas is through a BAM membership.

Film at Lincoln Center offers memberships, gift cards and a home screening purchase of the recently released critical favorite from last fall's New York Film Festival, Bacurau. Also, you can listen to the Film Comment podcast and subscribe to their newsletter for future updates on virtual screenings and events.

The Metrograph offers memberships.

Nitehawk Cinema sells gift cards.

Syndicated can process gift card orders over the phone (718-386-3399) and mail them out to you. They’re also delivering food and drink.


The Tribeca Film Festival is streaming shorts from its filmmakers.