Nitehawk Cinema: A Movie Theater with Table Service

One of the most fun things to do in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Nitehawk Cinema Williamsburg Brooklyn

What can you expect at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, Brooklyn? Lots, really. A comfy chair, a meal, a cocktail, and the best blockbuster and cult films on a big screen. Sort of like at home, except you’re out. And unlike your Netflix queue, Nitehawk runs director and genre retrospectives, animation shorts, and films accompanied by live bands. Film-going has never been like this. Especially since the theater’s owners helped overturn New York State’s ban on serving drinks in movie theaters. Forget about that big gulp of syrupy coke, go ahead and order a Guinness, an aged scotch, or a fine Prosecco. Menu items, which are less Gobstoppers and more gastro-pub, vary from grilled sandwiches to small-plate snacks like meatballs, tater tots, and spiced popcorn. Look out for refreshment specials that pair with the film. For the horror movie Carrie, you could opt for the Bucket of Blood cocktail and a crispy pork-belly dish called Prom Night.

Screenings typically cost $11 and offer something for everyone. Late-nighters can get their thrills during midnight raunch and terror showings, while new parents can bring their babies to a new blockbuster film on Tuesday afternoons. The price goes up to $16 for a show with live music, but where else can you catch the bluegrass band, the Birdhive Boys, playing alongside a 70’s western starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie. Arrive early and people-watch at the stylish first-floor bar.

136 Metropolitan Ave., between Berry St. and Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; L subway to Bedford Ave. or J/M subway to Marcy Ave.; Website:

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