Metrograph, a new hub for independent cinema, will soon open its doors in the heart of the Lower East Side gallery district, and the initial lineup looks pretty fantastic. Announced today, the first slate of films includes selections from what it dubs the “Metrograph canon”—The Blood of a Poet, Chelsea Girls, Barry Lyndon—a retrospective of work by the cult post-Nouvelle Vague director Jean Eustache, and a program of three Frederick Wiseman works called “Three Wiseman.”It’s located on Ludlow Street just steps away from Canal Street, and the schedule nods to its gallery-rich neighborhood by including in the lineup A Space Program, a new documentary about Tom Sachs’ Space Program 2.0: MARS, and Hockney, a new documentary on David Hockney.“We want to revive the joy of going to the movies in a newly designed venue that will be welcoming to all filmgoers for a breezy afternoon matinee, a Saturday night out at the movies, a day-long epic binge or a late-night marathon — all are waiting for you through the doors of Metrograph,” a spokesperson for the theater said in a statement.Also, each theater will have its own bar, and the seats were salvaged from the now-gone Domino Sugar factory in Williamsburg. The programming begins at 7 Ludlow Street March 4.
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