Good news for film fans. New York City’s IFC Art House cinema on Sixth Avenue is set to expand, increasing the number of screens from 5 all the way up to 11. The expansion by Kliment-Halsband Architects is a refreshing change in the cinema world which has seen numerous theaters close down this year.
Rendering looking onto Cornelia Street. (Courtesy Kliment Halsband Architects)
By using a vacant plot adjacent to the IFC site, the cinema will be able to increase its footprint from 10,300 square feet to 20,000 square feet. This enables it to almost double its capacity from 480 people to 940 which will no doubt generate further revenue—something crucial for independent cinemas in New York.
Architects are moving one original screen to the basement to create a larger lobby to deal with the anticipated volume of people. The area will double as space for parties and receptions. The new extension borders Cornelia Street in New York’s West Village, but it will not change the existing center’s main entrance on 6th Avenue.
Speaking to IndieWire, John Vanco, senior vice president and general manager of the IFC Center, said, “After years of being the top-grossing venue in the country for many terrific specialized films like Boyhood, Citizenfour, Blue Is the Warmest Color and each annual edition of the ‘Oscar-Nominated Short Films,’ as well as hosting the nation’s largest documentary film festival, DOC NYC, it’s become clear that the audience for IFC Center’s programming keeps growing, so to accommodate them, IFC Center needs to grow, too.” Just six years ago the cinema only had three screens.
The architects declined to comment further on the design.