Movie on the screen, dinner on the plate, hubcaps at the bar
BROOKLYN, NY — Brooklyn is getting some more moviegoing options that provide more than just the movie.
Austin, Tex., has the Alamo Drafthouse. San Francisco has Foreign Cinema. Portland, Ore., has McMenamins. And Brooklyn has — well, Brooklyn has many places where you can bring a blanket and a picnic basket and watch a film in a park or on a rooftop, but few indoor options for dinner-and-a-movie year-round.
That will change on Friday, with the opening of reRun Gastropub Theater, a movie screen, bar and restaurant that is an expansion of reBar in Dumbo. The space, with 60 seats, some on low-slung couches, has a college town art-house feel and a sophisticated concession stand, serving things like pulled pork and popcorn topped with duck fat. The programming will focus on festival films that don’t have distribution, as well as cult favorites. (The opening lineup includes “Audrey the Trainwreck,” an off-kilter romance that played at South by Southwest this year, and a one-night-only showing of “The Prowler,” a 1981 B-movie.) A similar theater, indieScreen, is to open in Williamsburg in the fall.
Read more in the New York Times.
Also mentioned in the New York Post.
Without dating myself, the great thing about entertainment concepts is that good ideas never go out of style and do come around again…My dad Alan Lewis one of the great New York restaurant operators from the 50’s with Restaurant Associates to Windows and the Rainbow Room developed a car themed restaurant in the General Motors building based on the Pub Renault in Paris called the Autopub…the space is now the Apple Store…the rooms were connected car themed rooms including a “drive-in movie” where classics were screened with food service – saw Pal Joey there, the Marx Bros (for the nth time) and quite a few others
Nice concept, maybe small movie places like this can be profitable. Good luck to them!