How to pay for a free film in Manhattan?
The answer is by paying a $5 deposit and waiting.
That’s what a group of theater owners in New York City is doing.
The group is calling itself the Cirque Cinema New York and they’ve already secured movie shows at the City Playhouse and the Central Park South theater.
The group, called the Cirques Cinema New Yorker, is asking the public to pay a deposit of $5 for the free screening of their movies at the Central Parks South Theater.
The movie show will take place from 8 to 10 p.m.
They have two shows this weekend, one at the New York Shakespeare Festival and the other at the Manhattan Art Cinema.
The Central Park theater will be showing the first of the two shows at 11 a.m., followed by the Central Arts and Museum at 1 p.b.m.
“It’s kind of the perfect storm, and they have the theater to handle it,” said Peter Cossette, who is the president of the Circles Cinema New Yorkers and also the president and general manager of Cirque Theatre New York.
The theaters have been struggling to get movies shown.
They say the lack of availability is hurting their business.
Cirque Theater New York has seen an influx of people who come to the theater, especially those who have tickets for free.
“They want to see it for free, but the theater is not showing it,” Cossettes said.
He said they’re hopeful that with the help of the public, the movie show could be moved to another theater.
The theaters have also started making requests for movie tickets through social media.
“I think that’s a good thing because if they ask for a ticket, then I’ll say, ‘No, thank you,’ because it’s a gift, not a cost, and it’s not going to hurt my business, I think,” COSSETS said.
Cirque Theatre NY also has another theater that is in need of movie theaters.
The Center for Creative Arts of Brooklyn needs movie theaters to stay open.
The theater is currently being converted into a movie house.
COSSETES said he thinks it’s important to do this.
“We’re looking at converting the theater for movie theater use,” he said.
The Cinema has not yet decided whether it will continue to be a movie theater or whether it can be turned into a book-and-ink store.CIRQUE CANCELEDA few years ago, Cirque was forced to cancel the Brooklyn Playhouse because of a lack of movie shows.
They are still trying to get movie shows, however, and COSSES said they hope to get the New Playhouse movie show on the schedule.
The Cinema is a 501c3 organization, so it doesn’t get a tax deduction, so they are not getting any help from the federal government.
Cossets said that if the movie shows are moved to a different theater, it could be more tax deductible.
“If they’re going to move it, then they should be able to take advantage of it, because we’re not getting a tax break,” CASSette said.
“It’s not like we are getting an additional tax break because they’re using it for other things, it’s just that we can’t,” he added.