If you’ve never been able to awkwardly murmur your food order to a server in the dark while a movie is playing due to your dietary restrictions, soon you will have your time to shine. Indeed, Alamo Drafthouse will unveil a new vegan menu this Tuesday, so even those who refrain from animal product consumption can feel anxiety about whether or not they’re chewing too loudly during a crowded showing of A Quiet Place where no one seems to be eating anything crunchy but you. Keep Reading »
Initially, Samuel T. Adams had a condition for being interviewed: he must remain anonymous.
“I got an email,” Adams explained to me, “from Janus Films saying, ‘Hey! Saw you’ve been screening a few of our films! How’s that working out for ya?’”
Used to be, when a new Star Wars movie came out, the only decision you had to make was, well, whether to let George Lucas exploit your childhood nostalgia yet again– but also, whether to watch it in 2D or 3D. These days, however, you can dine, recline– everything short of watching the flick in hologram form. Here are the various ways you can see Rogue One around town, and how much it’ll cost ya.
As you know, we’re about to get two new dine-in cinemas via the soon-to-open Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn and the forthcoming Nitehawk Prospect Park. But wait, make that three new dine-ins: iPic, a Florida-based chain, just opened a location at the South Street Seaport, right next to Smorgasburg.
By now you’ve heard that the folks at Williamsburg’s beloved Nitehawk Cinema are giving a $10 million makeover to Park Slope’s ratty Pavilion theater. Which is good news to anyone who has ever gone to Smorgasburg in Prospect Park and thought, “Oh, I’d like to see Snowden but I forgot my bed bug detector.” Still, there are likely some nostalgics who will miss the Pavilion and bitch about the hipsters taking it over and ruining everything with Werner Herzog-themed cocktails like the Even Dewar’s Started Small. (Hey, at least tickets won’t cost $32, like they do for VIP seats at South Street Seaport’s new dine-in theater.)
This week at South by Southwest, I got turned away from two films because of Alamo Drafthouse’s policy of not letting badge holders in if they’re so much as five minutes late, even if there are still empty seats. Gah!! So when Alamo’s founder, Tim League, conspicuously showed up seven minutes late to a panel discussion about “Indie Film and the Death of the Theatrical,” I was half hoping he’d get ba-ba-bounced. Justice, man! But let’s face it, it’s hard to stay mad at Alamo. They did the whole Nitehawk thing long before there was a Nitehawk. And I definitely had to forgive League when I noticed he was wearing a hilarious Bernie Sanders/Circle Jerks mash-up t-shirt. Plus, he came with news about Alamo’s forthcoming Brooklyn location.
It’s an amazing (if increasingly expensive) time to be a downtown cinefile, folks. First the East Village’s AMC got recliners, then Metrograph opened on the Lower East Side, and now the news that’s really going to knock you off your feet: 4DX, the South Korean technology that causes your seat to buck and sway with the action, is finally, finally set to debut at the Regal Union Square Stadium 14. The first film to use the technology in New York City, Batman v. Superman, opens March 25. A second auditorium will open in Times Square in April.
A brand new movie theater is opening up in Bushwick tonight, bringing their fancy take on the Nitehawk view-n’-brew model with them. Our guess is Syndicated will do quite well if they’re able to capitalize on a whole neighborhood’s desire to hibernate not far from the apartment during this season in hell. Proving their street cred, the cinema is kicking off their inaugural night with Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the 1997 Spielberg-before-Spielberg-was-annoying sci-fi film that cost (at, ahem, $18 million) only a fraction of what studios blow on that dude now.
As if the advent of 4DX wasn’t exciting enough, downtown film-goers are getting a new art-house cinema as well. Alexander Olch, the filmmaker-designer who owns an eponymous tie shop on Orchard Street, is bringing Metrograph to nearby 7 Ludlow Street. The theater will open in February, according to an announcement that went out today.
It took me three passes before I could bring myself to open the unmarked black door on East 4th Street, the one an older man had entered after trying to cruise me near a rack of Citi Bikes. Inside was a steep staircase, painted deep orange, leading down into a basement lobby. There was a framed poster on the wall: Eyes Wide Shut, the Stanley Kubrick film in which an overcurious New Yorker stumbles into an orgy of anonymous, Bacchanalian sex.
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