Theater Closure FAQs

The 58th New York Film Festival took place September 17-October 11, featuring drive-in screenings in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens and virtual screenings available nationwide. See ticket information, venue FAQs, and virtual cinema FAQs.
Our theaters will be closed until such time as we get approval from city, state, and federal elected officials to re-open. The FLC team is continuing to monitor the rapidly evolving situation and will post updates as they become available.
Please check our updated COVID-19 page for the latest information. Updates will also be made available through our newsletter and on social media: Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Check our Media Center for the latest podcasts, videos, and other great content. Subscribe to the Film at Lincoln Center Podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Spotify or Stitcher and to our YouTube channel for our extensive archive of Q&As, interviews, trailers, and more. We also encourage you to visit the Film Comment website for podcasts, reviews, long-form essays, filmmaker interviews, and much more.
Film at Lincoln Center is a nonprofit organization. Our efforts are made possible in part by the generous support of our Members, Patrons, Board members, and audience members. These are challenging times for nonprofit arts organizations like ours—we need your help more than ever to ensure our vitality and ability to continue providing the best in cinema from around the world. If you would like to support us, the best way to do so is donate here or join our membership community. Donations are fully tax-deductible.
As with all nonprofit organizations, Film at Lincoln Center relies on contributed income, and today your help is more important than ever before. With our theaters closed, our only source of income during this time period is through donations. The Emergency Fund will help offset many of FLC’s very real ongoing expenses as we manage the daunting path to reopening. These expenses include payroll, health and other insurance, rent, and utilities, among other essential operating costs. Your contributions will help ensure that when we return, we can continue to provide you with the unparalleled quality of cinematic programming made possible through your generosity. 100% of all donations to the FLC Emergency Fund go directly to supporting Film at Lincoln Center at this crucial time and are fully tax-deductible. Consider making a donation today here.
Yes, we are exploring all avenues to ensure Film at Lincoln Center can survive this crucial time period and reopen when the time comes. All of the nation’s nonprofit arts institutions will receive only one-tenth of 1% in assistance from the current federal stimulus bill. While we are extremely grateful for this support, even when coupled with other active COVID-19-related opportunities offered by foundations and other funders, these potential funds represent a very small fraction of what is required. It will take time for the government and other institutions to disburse these funds, and nothing is guaranteed. Your support is especially critical right now.
If you are interested in a Film at Lincoln Center membership, you can still support us by joining today as a new member, giving a gift membership, or by renewing your existing membership early. Learn more about joining our membership community here. All sources of income, memberships included, go directly to helping Film at Lincoln Center navigate these difficult times.
Every donation to the FLC Emergency Fund goes directly to our bottom line, and we are grateful to anyone making a gift of any size that is meaningful to them.
Yes! We've teamed with distributors to present select new releases at home. Your digital screening purchase will support FLC and help us in our mission to remain a vibrant center for cinema culture once this turbulent period is behind us. See the list of available films and how to get virtual tickets here.
Explore the FAQ for our Virtual Cinema here. If you still have an outstanding question, please e-mail
Thank you for your Gala ticket purchase. The Gala is our largest and most significant fundraiser each year. The Gala will be rescheduled, and we will share additional information as it becomes available. All ticket holders have been contacted with ticket policy details. The available options are holding on to your ticket(s) for the rescheduled Gala; a complete refund; or making a donation to FLC for the value of your ticket(s). If you did not receive an email, please first check your spam folder and then contact with your order number. Due to high traffic, please allow up to three business days for a member of our team to be in touch.
A digital gift certificate will be sent to the email address associated with your order. This gift certificate will be equal to the value of your order and may be redeemed either online or in person at the box office when our theaters reopen. If you have not received your gift certificate, please contact How to use your digital gift certificate:
  1. Log in to your account.
  2. Add the desired screenings to your cart  and select “Check Out.”
  3. Once you are in the Payment window, scroll down to “Apply Gift Certificate” and enter your Gift Certificate number exactly as it appears.  Then select “Apply Gift Certificate,” which will subtract the gift certificate value from the current cart total. Finally, select “Submit.”
  4. If there is a balance left, you will be prompted to enter additional payment information. Once you apply that payment, your order is complete.
While all donations are tax-deductible, only donations valued at $250 or more are eligible for a formal acknowledgment letter. Please consult with your tax professional. If an acknowledgment letter is recommended, please contact If you are a Member ($85-$500) or Patron ($1250+), please contact your specific membership department: or
ND/NF (originally scheduled for March 25-April 5) has been postponed and the 46th Chaplin Award Gala honoring Spike Lee (originally scheduled for April 27) will be rescheduled. 
Your membership will be extended for two months to ensure that you can get the most out of your ticket discounts. We’ll also be providing members-only perks during this time. Head over to the Member Corner here for benefit reminders and updates.
While our programming is suspended for the time being, our team is still available to answer your questions and address your concerns. Please contact your specific membership department (see below), and someone will respond within two business days: CONTACT US: If you have additional questions or concerns not covered above:
Like many nonprofit arts organizations responding to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our parent organization Film at Lincoln Center (FLC) has had to respond quickly and develop an intensive plan to ensure the future viability of both FLC and, by extension, Film Comment. In March, the organization initiated across-the-board salary cuts, furloughs, layoffs of some full-time staff and all part-time theater staff, and other budget and program cuts. Due to the indefinite nature of Film at Lincoln Center’s current closure, all programs of the organization have been suspended, including Film Comment. Learn more and read the full statement here.
Yes. Select outdoor spaces such as Josie Robertson Plaza and Hearst Plaza are open to the public for passive use. This is a limited reopening with designated entrance points and without any assembled crowd or audience. Appropriate distancing and a facial covering will be required of all who enter. Hours will generally be 9:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m. for Josie Robertson Plaza and Hearst Plaza and 7:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m. for Damrosch Park. See a map here.