Local arthouse cinema, the Metrograph, has announced it will reopen on Friday, October 1, 2021, after being shut down since March of 2020, due to the pandemic. The theater has been slower to reopen than some of its contemporaries such as Film Forum and The Angelica, but it has been screening films online, via “Metrograph At Home,” at Metrograph.com and on the Metrograph TV app for the past year.
The Commissary Restaurant will also reopen with an updated menu, along with The Metrograph Bookstore, New York’s only cinema dedicated bookshop.
The lineup in early October features a new 4K restoration of Andrzej Żuławski’s stunningly visceral Possession, starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill, a new release of Labyrinth of Cinema, the final film from master Nobuhiko Obayashi; a new restoration of Christopher Petit’s Radio On; Lisa Rovner’s Sisters with Transistors; and Todd Chandler’s documentary Bulletproof.
Repertory series and special event screenings include the Amos Vogel Centennial, as Metrograph joins New York City institutions in paying tribute to Isabel Sandoval with “Isabel Sandoval Selects,” with Sandoval in person; Lives of Performers, a series dedicated to one of cinema’s most enduring themes: performers’ lives on and off the stage; and Get Crazy, an antidote to this last year of isolation featuring a program of films that celebrate big crowds, sweaty parties, and intimate gatherings.
The team promises, “The full slate of October In Theater and At Home programming, including weeklong engagements, repertory series, special events, and digital exclusives, will be announced in the coming weeks.”