Name a Seat at the Historic Walter Reade Theater

The Film Society of Lincoln Center is proud to present a once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate your family, friends, business, or the memory of a loved one by naming a seat in the historic Walter Reade Theater.

You can become a permanent part of the theater’s amazing history and simultaneously support the renovation and refurbishment of the Walter Reade as the theater is readied for its 25th Anniversary in 2016.

Want to support the renovation of the Walter Reade Theater at a lower price point? We’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to help replace the theater’s screen. We need to raise $50,000 by July 8 or we don’t see any of the money, so donate today! Read more.

Photo by Godlis

Tribute to Oliver Stone, 2004. Photo by Godlis


“One of the finest movie-watching rooms in the city, thanks to a high ceiling, steeply banked seats, a large screen and superb projection.” —Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

In its rich history at Lincoln Center, the Walter Reade Theater has provided a stage to many emerging and leading filmmakers, from Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan to Jackie Chan and Steve McQueen. The theater has played host to in-depth conversations with Laura Poitras, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, John Waters, Isabelle Huppert, Jane Fonda, Mike Nichols, Pam Grier, and many more. The theater’s stage has also seen unforgettable live performances by Darlene Love of 20 Feet from Stardom and Allan Menken and Ellen Greene following a screening of Little Shop of Horrors.

Photo by Olga Bas

Steve McQueen at NYFF51. Photo by Olga Bas


“Splendid sightlines and unmatched projection quality.” —A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Your seat naming contribution is a 100% tax deductible donation to the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Not only will you be helping us realize the Walter Reade’s cinematic potential, you will be placing your permanent imprint at Lincoln Center for life. Your wording will be inscribed on an attractive and lasting plaque fixed to the back of the seat.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul at the NYFF48. Photo by Godlis.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul at the NYFF48. Photo by Godlis.


Click here to see a map of the Walter Reade Theater and select your seat. To reserve your choice, or for further information, please contact Emily Vito, Assistant Director of Development, at (212) 875-5630 or elong@filmlinc.org.

Note: A seat naming opportunity does not guarantee the reservation of this seat for screenings or events. Every opportunity will be made to accommodate the naming of particular seats, but this is subject to availability.

Thank you to everyone who has named a seat so far!

Takis Anousis
Claudia Audi

Mary Bailey
Peter Becker
Madeleine Bennett
Marta & David Black
Catherine Bull
Henry Butash
Larry Caplan
Pam Charnizon
Zandra Cooper
Ellie and Edgar Cullman
Lisa & Sandy Ehrenkranz
Elissa Epstein

Erda G. Erdos
Sally Fisher

Alejandro Garro
Brian Gemino
Laurel Gonsalves
Sherrin Bernstein Hersch
Annette Insdorf
Richard I. Kandel and Theodore & Renee Weiler Foundation
Florence Kaufman
Stanley Kessler
Edward Khoo
Nora Kohen
Hillary Koota Krevlin
Peter Lawrence & Henna Ong
Larry Kramer & Myla Lerner
Marcia & William Levy
Father Clemens Manista
Edward Mapp, PhD
Susan Merinoff
William Milkman

Margaret & Gerry Mintz
Cathy Nierras

Ronnie Planalp
Charlotte Prince
Bill Racolin & Alison Williams
Zach Rait
Susan Cohen Rebell
Ira and Paula Resnick
Marion Rich
Ari Rifkin
Mariana Elder Rosen
Mark Ross
Myra Saul
Mark Schumann
Sara Lee Schupf
Peter and Imelda Sobiloff
Janet & Gil Spitzer
Daniel H. Stern
Eva Talel
Yungmei Tang
Jonathan Turell
Thomas Volker
Jeffrey Walker
Robin Waxenberg
Aviva Weintraub

As of 12/16/2016