4DX & Fine Food: 7 NYC Movie Theaters With Special Features

Immerse yourself in cinema, only in NYC, with these 7 innovative movie theaters. At both 4DX and dine-in movie experiences, you’ll savor films with all five senses. New film technology has equipped select theaters with new wraparound screens and vibrating chairs to plunge you deeper into the world of the movie. Other theaters offer quality meals and alcoholic beverages you can enjoy at your seat. What do all of these venues share? You can’t stream these experiences at home.

(And remember, movie theater regulations apply across all NYC theaters. Those under 17 must be accompanied by an adult 21 or older for R-rated movies. Those 25 years and under must show I.D., and if you're trying to score a student discount, be sure to bring a valid student I.D.)

4DX and ScreenX at Regal Cinemas

Get excited about the newest tech at Regal Cinemas’ Union Square and Times Square locations! Their 4DX screens offer a multisensory take on movies (think 3D with some exciting extras). Vibrating chairs, scents, bubbles, and wind in the theater are prompted by key moments in whatever movie you’re watching, sure to delight kids as well as adults. At the Union Square location, Regal has also added ScreenX technology to one of its theaters. This immersive screening experience extends the film to three screens, surrounding you in 270 degrees of movie magic. Regal Union Square: 850 Broadway. Regal Times Square: 247 W 42nd St. 844-462-7342,

AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13

If you’re looking for an IMAX experience, head to the AMC Lincoln Square. This screening technology surrounds viewers in larger-than-life, crystal-clear images and high-quality sound, making the most of your trip with the Star Wars crew. This AMC also features comfy recliners and reserved seating so you can pick your optimal spot. 1998 Broadway, 212-336-5020,

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema


Go to Downtown Brooklyn for dinner and a show at Alamo! With giant screens and a full menu of food and drink, you can watch your new favorite comic-book movie or Oscar contender while enjoying craft beer, burgers, and truly amazing popcorn. They also show throwback movies like Troop Beverly Hills on occasion, if you’re up for a “quote-along”! Additional Alamo locations are planned for the Financial District in Manhattan and another in Staten Island. Brooklyn: 445 Albee Square West, 718-513-2547,

iPic Fulton Market

iPic Fulton Market


iPic is the only New York theater that offers a luxurious lounge chair, pillow, and blanket as part of your movie-going experience. If that’s not enough, there are also tables between each pair of seats and wait staff on call to deliver great margaritas, truffle fries, cheese plate, or all of the above as you watch your movie. (Seriously, the food is very good here.) Come to the Seaport District for this one-of-a-kind theater, and check out the bar/restaurant upstairs before you leave. 11 Fulton St., 212-776-8272,

Nitehawk Cinema

Nitehawk Cinema

Nitehawk is another cornerstone of the movie/restaurant movement in New York. Come to trendy Williamsburg or to its newer location in Park Slope for a delightful cinematic jaunt in Brooklyn. Food and drink specials complement featured films, and regular offerings riff on favorite movies as well, like the Fire Walk With Me (spicy marg) or the Charlie Bucket (a quartet of candies). New American fare (with vegan and gluten-free menus) and local beer and spirits come with brunch, lunch, and evening shows at both Nitehawk locations. Williamsburg: 136 Metropolitan Ave.,; Park Slope: 188 Prospect Park West,

IFC Center

IFC is a film nerd’s paradise in the heart of Greenwich Village. With international, independent, and classic movies on display, you can enjoy hard-to-find movies on the big screen. IFC frequently invites film luminaries to speak and answer your questions when their films appear at the theater. They also host an annual DOC NYC festival for documentary films and a monthly series of selections from queer cinema. 323 6th Ave., 212-924-7771,

Sunday Night Film Club at Crosby Street Hotel

Enjoy dinner and a movie in style at the Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo. This covert screening room seats just 99 people, and the hotel invites cinephiles to enjoy movies there on select Sunday nights. Indulge in dinner beforehand, or you can opt for just drinks and appetizers. One recent offering was the classic New York flick An Affair to Remember. 79 Crosby St., 212-226-6400,


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Merrill Lee Girardeau lives and writes in Brooklyn.

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