Exclusive: While the physical space is still months away from reopening, the New York theater continues to expand its curated digital offerings.
Metrograph of New York today announced the launch of the Metrograph TV app, designed to give its members nationwide access to all Metrograph live streams and on-demand programming directly through their TV remote control. The Metrograph TV app is available starting today at no cost on Apple TV, Fire TV, and Roku, with an Android TV launch coming soon.
Like most other theaters in New York, the Metrograph closed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but is now gearing up for a September reopening. The two-screen theater, located on Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side, has yet to announce its full release plans as other New York-area theaters continue to reopen, but the app launch today makes it clear that a digital component will be part of its plans moving forward.
“Metrograph’s digital expansion over the past year has brought our programming to a national audience, and the launch of the Metrograph TV app will make it even easier to enjoy Metrograph from your home,” said the CEO of Metrograph, Christian Grass, in an official press release. “While we look forward to welcoming everyone to the cinema in September, our goal is to continue to build a permanent digital space for everyone who shares our passion for cinema.”
Metrograph first launched its online streaming platform in July 2020 with Metrograph Live Screenings, curated by Metrograph’s programming team and featuring a rotating selection of new releases and repertoire tracks each week, with intros, Q&As and special pre-show presentations specific to each show. . In the months that followed, Metrograph expanded its digital platform with the addition of paid on-demand extended engagements (TVOD), including a 4K restoration of Stanley Kwan’s “Center Stage,” “Atlantis” by Valentyn Vasyanovych and Metrograph Pictures publish “Sisters”. with Transistors” and the repertoire masterpiece “Goodbye, Dragon Inn”.
Since its inception, Metrograph’s digital arm has sought to create an in-home alternative to the live Metrograph experience. The launch of the Metrograph TV app, according to an official release, “will make that experience seamless for home viewers, with all the same movies, panels, and Q&As available to stream directly to your TV.” Metrograph membership is currently available for purchase for $5/month or $50/year.
Upcoming June Metrograph programming available both online and on the Metrograph TV app includes “Sisters with Transistors” by Lisa Rovner, back by popular demand; a preview of “The Aviator’s Wife” by Éric Rohmer, available soon from Metrograph Pictures; filmmaker Marisa Silver presenting “Old Enough” and “Bernice Bobs Her Hair” by Joan Micklin Silver, with Shelley Duvall; and “Whole Lotta Herzog,” featuring 16 of the German master’s most celebrated narrative and documentary films, including “Aguirre, The Wrath of God” and “Fata Morgana.”
Other notable programming choices include Wes Anderson presenting William Klein’s “The French,” featuring legendary tennis stars John McEnroe, Björn Borg and Chris Evert backstage at the 1981 French Open; a special preview screening of “The Sparks Brothers” by Edgar Wright; and the Courtney Stephens and Pacho Velez documentary “The American Sector.”
Check out a (very lovely) new trailer for the service below.