Discarded Twizzler wrappers, sticky seats, armrest hogs — this can be the usual theater experience. Not so at hotel screening rooms, which have become one of the flashier new amenities to attract guests. With the Tribeca Film Festival, April 16-27, about to kick off, we hunted down New York City’s best hotel screening rooms.
The British boutique hotel Crosby Street Hotel hosts a Sunday Film Club in its plush 99-seat private theater. The well-curated film schedule includes everything from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (April 20) to Nebraska (April 27) to the indie comedy drama A Short History of Decay (May 4), which will include a Q & A with the writer/director, Michael Maren. On Mother’s Day, May 11, the Crosby is holding a special Mother’s Day brunch and the film August: Osage County, about the iron-willed women of the Weston family. The hotel offers a three-course dinner and a movie for $55 a person, or a cocktail, bar plate and movie for $35 a person. Dinner and cocktails are served in the inviting Crosby bar before the screening. The farm-fresh menu includes dishes such as sauteed trout with black olive tapenade, as well as fusion cocktails. Try the SoHo Sensation, a fresh mix of vodka, raspberries and passionfruit poured over crushed ice.
How did the Crosby go from parking garage to the playful hotel that it is today? Get the scoop in the memorable short film about the hotel that’s sometimes shown before the features in the screening room. Via time-lapse photography, The Reconstruction of My Views documents the ground-up evolution of the hotel, through all of New York’s seasons.
The Eventi in Chelsea has a handsome fifth-floor screening room with 22 roomy leather seats. The space is popular for creative meetings, movie junkets and more. Also at the hotel is the Big Screen Plaza, with a massive HD outdoor screen that shows Yankees games, big-name films and more.
In keeping with the neighborhood’s deep film roots, the Tribeca Grand also has a screening room, which can be rented for screenings and events. At the popular weekly Sunday brunch, parents can enjoy their Bloody Marys and live jazz, while the kids are invited to watch films like Pocahontas and A Bug’s Life.
Other New York hotels with screening rooms include the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, which has a private cellar-level screening room, with a vaulted ceiling and a full bar; the Bryant Park Hotel, which hosts industry screenings, including, most recently, 12 Years a Slave, in a stylish screening room with black-leather seats; and the SoHo House, with a 44-seat screening room that, as they put it,”can be hired for work or play.”