Nitehawk Cinema, New York’s original curator of dinner and a movie, launches private event rentals at its new Prospect Park theater which showcases breathtaking views of Brookyln’s flagship park.
“We are now offering customizable, private events at Nitehawk Prospect Park. We have had huge success with these at Nitehawk Williamsburg, from world premieres, corporate outings, birthday parties to weddings and proposals. We have a dedicated events team that handles all the details in putting these together, and we’re excited to offer these memorable experiences at Prospect Park.” states Deanna Nokes, Event Director at Nitehawk.
Nitehawk Prospect Park features seven state-of-the-art screens, hosts two bars and is a Brooklyn landmark with design elements that date back to 1928. Once known as the Sanders Theatre, the 650 seat cinema is located in the historic and completely redesigned Pavilion Theater. Situated on Bartel-Pritchard Square, the theater is easily accessible by public transport and the restored mezzanine is the perfect place to celebrate a birthday, happy hour or professional function.
The catering menu, which utilizes locally-sourced ingredients, features a delectable selection of platters including Grandma’s Meatballs, Jerk Chicken Dumplings, and Chorizo Patata Brava Taquitos. A queso fountain is also available that comes flowing with Nitehawk’s staple tater tots, chips, a toppings bar, and a dedicated chef. The beverage choices include signature cocktails, local beers, and specialty drinks that may be crafted to thematically align with a special event hosted at the cinema.
Nitehawk Prospect Park theaters vary in size from 48 to 194 seats and are available Mondays through Thursdays for screenings, birthday parties, graduations, and corporate meetings. Rental prices vary based on the specifics of the event and can be personalized to create an ideal way to commend any occasion. If you wish to book a private event at Nitehawk Prospect Park, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wednesday, February 13th, Win (formerly Women in Need) and Nitehawk Williamsburg will be the first in New York to screen a new 35mm print of Sean Baker’s The Florida Project to increase public awareness and build momentum around Win’s mission to help support homeless women and children.
The Florida Project stars Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe and follows a precocious six-year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times. $7 of each movie ticket sold will benefit Win. In addition, Nitehawk will be offering a specialty cocktail during the screening and $1 from each drink sold will go directly to the organization.
The event will begin with a short film and introduction by Chris Valens, Director of Special Events at Win. “Women and children in need make up more than 70 percent of New York City’s homeless, and we’re grateful for Nitehawk Cinema’s support to help Win break the cycle of homelessness and put families on the path to stability,” said Christine C. Quinn, President and CEO of Win. “The proceeds from this benefit screening will help further our efforts to provide the solutions and services needed to support this vulnerable population.”
Caryn Coleman, Director of Programming at Nitehawk states, “We’re thrilled to be one of the first theaters to screen a brand new 35mm print of Sean Baker’s The Florida Project, one of the best films in recent memory, the way it was intended. More crucially, the issues of hidden homelessness and the impact on single-parent families explored in the film provides a perfect opportunity to partner with Win in order to highlight and support the important work that Win does within the New York community.”
The need to expand social services for homeless children and women is a dire one. Nitehawk Cinema is beyond humbled to support Win in helping decrease the number of homeless families in New York City’s shelter system and will continue to advocate for important community issues surrounding homelessness.
There’s so much to toast in the month of February: We’re one month closer to spring; The Big Game; The Oscars; and the sweetest day of them all, Valentine’s Day. We all deserve a great love story and whether you’re in Williamsburg or Prospect Park, Nitehawk has a selection of heart beating titles to celebrate.
One could expect that GROUNDHOG DAY would be an exercise in tedium. Fortunately, we can all thank the comedic god, Bill Murray for getting us through. This film is a hilarious joy ride through the peaks and valleys of life. Even the greatest days are best lived only once.
LOVE IS LOVE: This weekend, Nitehawk Williamsburg ignites its LOVE IS LOVE series with PARIAH, the intimate debut feature by Dee Rees, set in Brooklyn, that explores a teenage girl’s queer identity. Love can manifest in many ways and our midnite section takes an appropriately bizarre turn that dark lovers will adore with THE WILD BOYS. This program will lift spirits and expose the unavoidable power of the heart. Love isn’t always easy but it’s almost always worth it.
LOVE IS LOVE will continue all month long at Nitehawk Williamsburg with:
Feb 8 and 9 – CRASH (Midnite)
Feb 9 and 10 – NOTTING HILL (Brunch)
Feb 12 – BEFORE SUNRISE (Film Feast)
Feb 15 – SEVEN CHANCES (Live Cinema Sound)
Feb 15 and 16 – ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE (Midnite)
Feb 16 and 17 – LOVE, SIMON (Brunch)
Feb 22 and 23 – BOUND (Midnite)
Feb 23 and 24 – LOVE & BASKETBALL (Brunch)
CASABLANCA: A landmark film in a landmark theater! Nitehawk Prospect Park welcomes one of the most revered films of all time, CASABLANCA. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in a love triangle in the city of Casablanca. Grab your loved one and celebrate Valentine’s Day with this classic at Nitehawk Prospect Park.
Feb 14th – CASABLANCA (7:00PM)
Brooklyn, New York — (January 28, 2019) Nitehawk Cinema, New York’s original dine-in theater, launched new specials that are sure to warm appetites and sizzle taste buds this winter. At Nitehawk Williamsburg, guests can delight in tantalizing cocktails and refreshing dishes with an emphasis on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.
With an already impressive menu, Executive Chef Michael Franey introduces a number of new mouthwatering items geared to embrace the latest culinary trends while striking a delicate balance between healthy and delicious. “Winter gives us the chance to showcase some lesser-known and used produce, like sunchokes, parsnips, and winter citrus fruits, along with all of the fantastic local products that we pride ourselves in sourcing and highlighting. I think that this menu really shows that we aren’t a typical dine-in movie theater.”
Adding a new dimension to mainstay classics like the Nitehawk Burger and Homemade Beef Jerky are Peking Duck Skewers. A soy, sesame, and Thai chili marinated duck breast is served over a broccoli slaw made from a vinaigrette made from orange juice, red wine vinegar, dijon, and agave syrup. A new crispy quesadilla features roasted poblano peppers, cremini mushrooms and brussels sprouts sprinkled with shredded Oaxaca cheese and served with a special molé sauce.
For guests looking to indulge on more mindful options, Nitehawk purveyed a meatless burger from Impossible Foods that is topped with guacamole and a spicy tahini aioli. The new Roasted Vegetable Salad is a hearty choice of baby carrots, parsnips, and sunchokes while Nitehawk’s Kale Salad is bursting with sweet citrus flavors. Since popcorn has always been a movie theater staple, Nitehawk created a vegan-friendly option that is seasoned to perfection with Thai red curry, lemongrass, ginger, lime and drizzled with red curry coconut oil.
Nitehawk’s new beverages are crafted to spice up any cold weather occasion. Beverage Director Robert Giles states, “The winter beverage menu features elevated classic cocktail recipes showcasing seasonal accents and bold twists. Each drink was chosen to fulfill a specific space on the menu, from hot winter spiced ciders to our coffeehouse influenced Negronis. My favorite is our winter inspired draught Gin and Tonic!”
Nitehawk’s Gin and Tonic features a house-made tonic syrup comprised of preserved lemon, toasted peppercorns and brown sugar, utilizing an Aviation Gin, an American made spirit based out of Portland. With an extensive list of movie-themed cocktails, the Barry Lyndon is a light yet sophisticated gin sour that features Perry’s Tot Gin which is infused with pink peppercorn, lemon juice, earl gray tea, and pamplemousse liqueur. For beer lovers, Nitehawk welcomes Five Boroughs Pilsner which imparts soft floral and grassy aromas to create a crisp and bitter finish.
Get cozy this winter and comfort the soul with new wintery items at Nitehawk Cinema Williamsburg. The lineup of new dishes includes:
Thai red curry – lemongrass, ginger, lime, red curry coconut oil.
PEKING DUCK SKEWER
Szechuan marinade, broccoli slaw, crispy duck skin
Brussels sprout, poblano pepper, cremini mushroom, Oaxaca cheese, molé
Beef meatball, Fra Diavolo sauce, mozzarella, basil, Mike’s Hot Honey
Tuscan kale, satsuma orange, tangerine, ricotta salata, puffed quinoa, blood orange vinaigrette
ROASTED VEGETABLE SALAD
Sunchokes, baby carrot, parsnip, radicchio, hazelnut vinaigrette
Red sauce, white sauce, little gem, cucumber, pickled red onion, pita, choice of house cut fries or salad
Guacamole, spicy tahini “aioli,” poppy kaiser roll, choice of house cut fries or salad
About Michael Franey – Executive Chef
After graduating from The French Culinary Institute in 2003, Michael worked for the James Beard Award-nominated chef Cindy Wolf for 4 years, working his way up from commis chef at Charleston Restaurant to Sous Chef at Petit Louis Bistro. Michael returned to New York and found employment with Kimpton Hotels, where he was part of two separate opening teams, one in Baltimore with Food & Wine Top 10 Best New Chef Michael Reidt and in Philadelphia with James Beard Award-winning chef Guillermo Tellez. When Michael returned to New York, he was on the opening team for Andaz 5th Ave and opened the gastro-pub in Manhattan, Tavern29. Michael then came to Nitehawk Cinema in 2012 and sought to bring his Southern and Mid-Atlantic inflected take on American cuisine. He then left to join the Craveable Hospitality Group in 2015. With CHG he helmed the kitchen at David Burke Fabrick and opened SaltBrick Tavern. He rejoined the Nitehawk family in May 2018 as the Executive Chef.
About Rob Giles – Beverage Director
Over the past three years, he has been managing partner for two distinct cocktails bars, Erv’s on Beekman and Until Tomorrow, designing seasonal menus which utilize a plethora of culinary techniques to achieve unique flavor combinations. The bars that he opened have received numerous accolades, including national top 10 lists, and in 2018, Robert was nominated as an Eater Young Gun, a national merit which highlights the top talent in the United States under 30 years old. His restaurant philosophy is to create relaxed and laid back environments, and believes that the true purpose of any service establishment is to serve as public meeting place for people of all walks of life. He joined the Nitehawk family in September 2018 as the Beverage Director.
About Nitehawk Cinema
In 2011, Nitehawk helped to overturn a Prohibition-era state liquor law banning alcohol in theaters, to become the original curator of dinner and a movie in New York State. With two Brooklyn locations, Nitehawk Cinema has grown into New York’s premier dine-in theater, pairing exemplary first-run and repertory film programming along with tableside service. Nitehawk enhances the cinematic experience by creating a specialty menu with fresh, local house-made ingredients inspired by the films we love, a live band accompaniment, special guest Q&As, and the annual Nitehawk Shorts Festival.