New York group to build doc-only theater

New York’s 40-year-old Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) has laid plans to begin construction on a doc-only movie theater in lower Manhattan.

The new 73-seat theater with 4K digital cinema tech will screen firstrun docs year-round while also programming special events organized around the work of filmmakers at all stages of their careers. The theater will be built inside DCTV’s downtown outpost in a converted firehouse at Lafayette and White Street, with construction to begin in March and skedded to last a year.

DCTV’s docu-centric activities include educational programs as well as production resources including equipment and facility rentals and post-production services.

New theater will be funded by a slew of orgs ranging from local, state and federal government groups (such as the Lower Manhattan Development Corp.) to charitable funds including the Rockefeller Foundation and the Samuel Rubin Foundation.

DCTV will celebrate its 40th birthday with an Oct. 11 event that will honor Sheila Nevins and HBO Documentaries, as well as the org’s board chair Cora Weiss.

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