1) Bow-Tie Criterion Cinemas
The Criterion has won Best Movie Theater for all five years that Katina Lewis has been General Manager there, which makes her kind of the Queen of New Haven Cinema. "I wouldn't go that far," she laughs, then adds that she's grateful to the support of the Criterion's loyal patrons. A dedicated bunch, they turn out regularly for the Movies and Mimosas screenings of film classics every Saturday and Sunday morning, as well as for special screenings the theater hosts. As a movie theater that serves alcoholic drinks and maintains a big city vibe, the Criterion caters to a fairly sophisticated crowd, showing many independent films, foreign films, and documentaries that otherwise wouldn't be shown in New Haven. Then there's Insomnia Theater, every Friday and Saturday at 11:30 p.m., which has its own enthusiasts and is well-attended when the many local colleges are in session. In her time there, Katina has seen the Criterion grow to five theaters and two small special screening houses, and has overseen the move into 3D compatibility. Katina says she still prefers 35mm, but doesn't miss lugging and the storing the heavy old movie tins. She admits she hasn't quite adapted her viewing habits to 3D yet, but that could change. In the meantime, the Criterion is still the best movie house in the New Haven area, excelling in a mix of films for all interest, including Hollywood blockbusters. The Hunger Games has packed them in, and the Criterion is selling tickets for The Avengers, due to open this month.criterioncinemas.com
86 Temple St.
2) Madison Art Cinemasmadisonartcinemas.com
761 Boston Post Road
3) Holiday Cinema - Wallingford
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