Director Abel Ferrara to help reopen Manhattan’s Cinema Village Theater with week-long retrospective

Abel Ferrara and Nicolas Nicolaou in ‘The Projectionist’ (Image courtesy of Kino Lorber)

Nicolas Nicolaou, owner of Manhattan’s independent cinema Cinema Village, hired director Abel Ferrara to help kick off the company’s reopening with a week-long retrospective and a tribute to the cinematic experience.

From June 30 to July 8, customers will be invited to a special screening of Ferrara’s latest film, Siberia with Willem Dafoe, alongside the New York theatrical premiere of The Projectionist, described as a “love letter” to Nicolaou and his four decades of operating several New York neighborhood theaters. In addition to Cinema Village, Nicolaou currently owns and operates Alpine Cinemas in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and Cinemart in Forest Hills, Queens.

In addition, Ferrara will present special screenings of a number of his films, including Pasolini, 4:44 Last day on Earth, Tomasso, Ms. 45 and Driller Killer. He will also participate in a live musical performance with his longtime composer Jo Delia.

In addition to Ferrara’s films, Cinema Village will screen some of the director’s favorite titles, the ones he’s watched at Cinema Village over the years.

Built in 1963 in the shell of a turn-of-the-century fire station, Cinema Village is the oldest continuously operated cinema in Greenwich Village and one of the oldest continuously operated art theaters in New York City. More information about the theater can be found here.

Tickets can be purchased in advance on or in person at the box office.

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