Show your kids that movies can mean a lot more than squinting at cheap animation on a smartphone with a family outing to Film Forum. The same scintillating films that have made this theater a New York legend can be found in kid form every Sunday morning. Share with your little ones how movies were meant to be enjoyed, lingering in the retro lobby before picking up a bag of fresh, hot popcorn. Grab seats and savor that moment of mystery before the projector whirs and the magic begins. The matinees here are tailored for young audiences, but the quality of the films ensures parents enjoy the experience just as much.
Laugh along with the crowd as an animated immortal like Mr. Magoo fills the screen. Be enchanted by a fairy tale come to life like the classic The Red Shoes. Show your kids that old-fashioned doesn’t have to mean dull, as Harold Lloyd gets adrenaline flowing with daredevil stunts, accompanied by a live piano player. Film Forum Jr.’s moving pictures often come with moving moments, like a screening of To Kill a Mockingbird, where you can connect with your younger self while introducing your kids to an American classic (and maybe a life lesson as well).
There’s usually a surprise thrown in, maybe a contest like a Fay Wray scream-alike after a showing of King Kong. Tickets are at a discount, so you can afford to pack in a whole passel of kids. After all, a big crowd of young’uns never made a 3-D showing of Creature from the Black Lagoon any less entertaining.
Photo by Kenneth Lu