Does seeing a movie in the theater change the experience? Of course it does! I'm sure I'm not the only one who answers the phone, goes online, participates in a conversation, gets a snack, or breaks up a movie over more than one night when watching at home or on the go...not to mention the smaller screen size, the lit room, and the quality of the device.
My favorite films, the Top Tens of my life, tend to be the ones I saw in a movie theater. I've seen countless others on the small screen, but I just don't fall in love as much. I try mightily to write only about movies I've seen on a big screen-- not DVD screeners-- with the understanding that I'm writing about the theatrical experience, because we're-- you, know-- cineastes here.
So in honor of that immersive experience, here are a few links to memberships and passes for movies in the downtown Manhattan art house cauldron: