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New Plaza Cinema and Macaulay Honors College


Partnership Allows For Expansion of New Plaza’s Commitment to Film Education While Continuing To Screen Independent, Foreign and Classic Movies In The Tradition of Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

New Plaza Cinema, the reboot of the historic and beloved Lincoln Plaza Cinema whose doors closed in January 2018, is thrilled to announce a partnership with Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York (35 West 67th Street) beginning early October, exhibiting independent, foreign and classic films on weekends in their 72 seat screening room. The association aligns with New Plaza’s educational component and supplements its already robust virtual and in-person lectures and talkbacks.

New Plaza Cinema at Macaulay Honors College will open on Friday, September 30th.  Films will include the acclaimed documentaries Fire of Love (both an Oscar contender and top grossing doc of 2022) and Three Minutes – A Lengthening, as well as other top new foreign titles including The Good Boss (Spain), Taming the Garden, (Georgia), Hold Me Tight, from director-actor Mathieu Amalric and Oscar nominee Vicky Krieps and 1982 (Lebanon) with Director Oualid Mouaness in attendance for the first TalkBack in the new venue.

Pricing and ticket purchasing details are available on the New Plaza Cinema website:


New Plaza Cinema has kept the spirit of the beloved arthouse alive as a non-profit with a groundswell of support from former patrons for over four years, offering quality film experiences inclusive of after-screening discussions with filmmakers and industry experts. Since its post-pandemic re-opening, NPC has hosted Academy Award®-nominated director Stanley Nelson, New York Times Critic and Film Historian Jason Bailey, Filmmaker Lisa Hurwitz (The Automat), and filmmaker Ferne Pearlstein (The Last Laugh), among many others.

At the same time, New Plaza has also delivered over 100 virtual events with over 12,000 registrants, and has developed a loyal following with 100-150 participants per event. Resident Film Historian Max Alvarez, Filmmaker and Professor Daniel Cahill, and Author Steven C. Smith have been joined by the likes of Melissa Newman (daughter of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward) and Julie Garfield (daughter of John Garfield), to name just a few.

New Plaza Cinema and Macaulay Honors College will work with students to help further their interests and careers in film and the arts with multiple areas of collaboration available.

Upper Manhattan, with a population of over 750,000, has seen other cinemas close their doors, leaving most surviving art film venues in Manhattan south of 14th Street. At the Macaulay Honors College, New Plaza Cinema is back to satisfy the cultural and entertainment needs of the large customer base that filled the six Lincoln Plaza screens, year after year.

“This is a terrific opportunity for New Plaza Cinema to return to screening top foreign and independent films in the neighborhood of our late, lamented Lincoln Plaza, in a first-rate venue,” said Gary Palmucci, New Plaza Cinema’s Film Curator and General Manager.

“This is an important new relationship for Macaulay,” said Macaulay Dean Dara N. Byrne. “And we’re thrilled that our students will be able to see firsthand how activism in support of a shared passion can sustain a community in the long term.”


Abbe Harris, New Plaza Cinema

Kathryn Lineberger, Macaulay External Relations