(Updated – Nov 10, 2016)
Like any town, Brooklyn has its share of multiplexes and chain theaters where you can catch the latest blockbusters. But visitors should take advantage of the borough’s many unique cinema experiences — from spots where you can eat and drink while you watch arthouse flicks, to preserved historic movie houses.
Nitehawk Cinema (Williamsburg)
This indie theater is known for its Film Feasts — screenings that pair a movie with a meal inspired by the flick (think the The Godfather: Part II plus beer and Italian food, or The Goonies with tamales and chocolate chip cookies). You can also catch selected first-run movies here and order from a rotating menu of upscale nosh, beer, wine, and cocktails. There’s even a bar and a café in the lobby, if you feel like sticking around after the show.
Nitehawk Cinema photo courtesy of Facebook.
BAM Rose Cinemas | via BAM
BAM Rose Cinemas (Fort Greene)
In past lives, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s four-screen theater has been a music hall and a playhouse. Today, it hosts current-run blockbusters and indie offerings. The BAMcinématek program includes retrospectives, film series, premieres and live appearances by big-name directors and actors. The annual BAMcinemaFest hits the venue in June, which this year will include the New York premiere of Richard Linklater’s highly anticipated Boyhood.
Brooklyn Heights Cinema | via The L Magazine
Brooklyn Heights Cinema (Brooklyn Heights)
This little-theater-that-could recently turned to Indiegogo to raise money for a new digital projector, and the overwhelming response was a testament to what a neighborhood institution it is. Going strong in Brooklyn Heights for almost half a century, the two-screen cinema shows carefully curated arthouse, indie, and foreign movies. At the snack bar, you can get popcorn with real butter, espresso drinks, and locally made cookies.
This Williamsburg haunt isn’t so much a movie theater as a bar with a small screening room in the back, showing popular movies of the recent past as well as work by local filmmakers; and many of the events are free. Videology is also a haven for TV fans—you can play themed bingo while binging on shows like Game of Thrones and Arrested Development. Snacks to watch include chili-lime-jalapeño popcorn, soft pretzels, and fully loaded nachos — and, of course, booze.