Given all of the pop-cultural amenities it boasts, it’s remarkable to consider that Williamsburg has long lacked a movie theater. But three years after its creators announced plans to right this lamentable wrong, the Nitehawk Cinema — né Cassandra Cinemas — is almost ready to give the neighborhood “a mom-and-pop theater for the 21st century.” And yes, it will serve food.
The Wall Street Journal today provides some details about the theater, which is scheduled to open by the end of the month. Befitting its Williamsburg setting, the Nitehawk, which is located on Metropolitan Avenue between Berry and Wythe streets, will house three screens and multiple bars, a detail that will undoubtedly put CB1’s knickers in a knot.
But more importantly for stomach-oriented types, it will also have a restaurant, and two of the three screening spaces will feature tables between every pair of seats, along with waiter service. The theater is planning to frequently serve food that complements the theme of the movie; one hopes that none of its programmers are Eating Raoul fans.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 11, 2011