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Episode #786: Art House
First Broadcast: 1/15/18
Repeated: 3/5/18; 6/18/18
Tonight, we lament the imminent loss of the Landmark Sunshine Cinema, a comfortable "indie" movie theater that occupied the middle ground in between the sophisticated theaters like the Metrograph and the Quad, targeted art houses like the Cinema Village, the IFC Center, and the Film Forum, full service theaters like the Alamo Drafthouse, and everyday theaters like the Regal Union Square and the AMC (née Loews) Village 7. Coming at the same time as the impending loss of the Lincoln Plaza Cinema, it's not the best news for Manhattan cinephiles, but at least the existence of so many other theaters should provide some small comfort. It begs the question: Is the demise of this middle class theater related to the demise of what I'd consider middle class restaurants like the NoHo Star and 7A? Is it all symptomatic of the demise of the middle class in general? It makes you think, that's for sure.

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So, what is Free New York anyway? The simple answer is that it's a this neat little public access TV show on Manhattan Neighborhood Network which I co-produce with the tremendous help of my camerawoman/editor/everything else, Kim. The complicated answer is that it's a project of mine to broadcast opinions and events which don't always appear within "the mainstream media" (like The New York Times, the major networks, local radio, etc.), and so far I think it's been working.

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