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The Big Screen with Bijan: Nitehawk Cinemas

Following in the tradition of Williamsburg’s affinity for old things (antiques, records, books, etc), Nitehawk Cinema brings the cinema/restaurant combo to both independent and retro cinema without the taint of superficial hipsterdom. From their staff-run blog to homemade trailers, you can tell that Nitehawk employees genuinely love movies just as much as their patrons, who will make it out to series like “Animation Attacks for Midnight” or “VHS Vault Mondays” for no reason besides catching cuts that rarely see big screen after release, drinks and conversation at the lobby bar notwithstanding.

The Nitehawk system of dine-and-watch is simple, but ingenious.You pay $11 for a ticket, and you can just simply watch the movie without food or drink. However, this is hard to do, as each intimate, two-person table carries a menu, two notepads, and two pens. At any time during your visit, you can simply write down an order, place it on the paper stand, and someone will be there within two minutes. Some people even like to take an artistic approach to ordering.

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Late-Night Cinema

all photos courtesy of nitehawkcinema.com

Nitehawk Cinema opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn last June after lobbying   against– and successfully overturning–the New York state law prohibiting movie theatres from serving alcohol.  However, drinks aren’t all this innovative cinema offers; it also has a full dinner and brunch menu, complete with food and drink specials that correspond with the movies currently playing (think Rum Raisin Bread Pudding for The Rum Diary and “The Driver: Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and Ginger Beer” for Ryan Gosling’s film, Drive).

I was lucky enough to have dinner at Nitehawk Cinema while enjoying My Week With Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Judi Dench, and Emma Watson.  Although most people go to Nitehawk in order to catch a movie and eat, it also functions as a neighborhood café and bar, meaning that patrons are welcome to simply stop by for food and a drink. In order to catch a movie, the website recommends that guests arrive 45 minutes before showtime so that they can be seated and place their food and drink orders.  While waiting, patrons enjoy a 30 minute preshow of clips by local filmmakers that relate to the movie being shown. Read the complete post »

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