Alexander Olch, the high-end Orchard Street tie designer, has come forward with a few details about his new art house cinema.
Located at 7 Ludlow St., the two-screen theater is scheduled to open early next year. There will also be a restaurant, lounge and bookstore. The larger theater will have a balcony and 175 seats. The other theater will have 50 chairs made from wood salvaged from the Domino Sugar Factory.
Mr. Olch, who is also a filmmaker, boasts that his cinema will feature, “world-class independent, international, repertory films and exclusive premieres.” Jacob Perlin (programmer-at-large at the Film Society of Lincoln Center) and Aliza Ma (formerly of the Museum of the Moving Image) will be handling programming.
The building, now under construction, is owned by Thomas Sung, a Chinatown banker. He also owns the abandoned Loew’s Canal Theater, located across the street on Ludlow.
The cinema will be called Metrograph.