By Marivir R. Montebon
New York City – I am still mourning at the loss of a premier landmark for independent films in the Big Apple. For 44 years, Lincoln Plaza Cinemas had been the world arena for indie films, until it bowed down to exhorbitant rent early this year. Too bad to be seeing old businesses folding up due to high rent.
Requiescat en pace, six dearly quaint theaters of a basement on Broadway’s upper west side. I am profoundly sad each time I am in this neighborhood, for I’m not used to seeing an empty theater. We have lost a cultural mecca in Lincoln Plaza Cinemas that enriched our souls through well crafted, non-commercial movies.
I missed already its fresh smelling popcorn which was by far the most delicious that I have tasted in all the city theaters.
Most of the award-winning indie films I watched were shown here. I interviewed briefly the director of Mudbound Dee Rees and Fading Gigolo director John Torturro in Theater A.
As far as my memory permits, these were the meaningful works of the movie industry worldwide that I saw in the comfortable seats of LPC.
2009: Whatever Works
2010: The Kids are all Right; True Grit
2011: A Dangerous Method; Midnight in Paris; A Separation
2012: To Rome with Love; No; Frances Ha
2013: Blue Jasmine; Fading Gigolo; 12 Years a Slave
2014: Whiplash; Boyhood
2015: Toni Erdmann; Manchester by the Sea; Dark Horse
2016: Eagle Huntress
2017: Beatrice, Lady Macbeth