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The new Summer Menu at Nitehawk Cinema

Summer is officially here and the culinary team at Nitehawk Cinema, New York’s original dine-in theater, has crafted a new menu to cool you down and keep you buzzed.

Nitehawk Williamsburg’s Executive Chef Michael Franey elaborates on his favorite new menu item, the Vegan Pulled Pork Sandwich: ”We’re always searching for how to take things that people are familiar with and present them in new and interesting ways. This summer, we challenged ourselves to remake a classic summer barbecue dish and make it vegan. We are shredding young jackfruit and sautéing that with miso, tomato paste and a Carolina style barbecue sauce with a lot of mustard. We top the sandwich with a lightly pickled peach to bring some sweetness and some vinegar bite to cut through the richness of the sauce and umami packed jackfruit.”

What better way to quench your thirst after a big helping of Vegan Pulled Pork than our new Ginger-Lime Slushie! Nitehawk Williamsburg’s Beverage Director Rob Giles explains: “We really wanted this drink to be reminiscent of the childhood frozen treat you had during the summer— except with the option of booze. Ginger is juiced fresh and blended with sugar and lime to create a refreshingly cold non-alcoholic beverage to slurp on during one of our movies. You do have the option of adding either Bourbon, Vodka, or Jamaican rum if you’re looking to party!”

Don’t worry carnivores, we’ve got you covered with our Brooklyn Cured Bratwurst, available at our Prospect Park location. Nitehawk Prospect Park Executive Chef Blessing Schuman-Strange states: ”We’re always looking to feature products from local producers. The brats from Brooklyn cured are made with sustainable meat from farms they trust, they are also wonderfully tender and buttery. We serve them in the classic german style; sliced over house made sauerkraut with cucumber-dill and german style potato-mustard salads. I think this dish is also a great example of the ways in which Nitehawk defies what you would expect from ‘movie theater food.’”

It has always been a priority of Nitehawk to work with local producers, and we are very excited to introduce our new Nitehawk and Brooklyn Winery Collaboration. Nitehawk Prospect Park Beverage Director Nick Dodge explains: “We made a special Grenache based red wine blend with Brooklyn Winery called Nitehawk Red Blend no. 2. It’s really great to be able to work with local producers and have some involvement in the production stage of some menu items. We made a bright juicy Côtes du Rhône style blend that is perfect for summer.

Our chefs also devised healthier alternatives for those looking to indulge in more mindful options while at the cinema. “The Stone Fruit Salad is a lovely balance of simplicity and sophistication. We start with the spicy/grassy arugula which is the perfect base for the sweetness of local stone fruit. We’ll be sourcing whatever stone fruit is at its peak as we move through the summer harvest season. The lightly pickled cherries bring in a nice hit of acid and it’s topped off with walnuts and Stilton cheese for a little bit of texture and richness” says Executive Chef Blessing Schuman-Strange.

Sweeten up any movie this spring by treating yourself to our new Watermelon Soft-Serve-Sorbet. Sorbet has always been a Nitehawk staple and we are excited to offer a soft serve sorbet for the first time. “It’s everything I want in a hot weather dessert; light, refreshing, and cold. Who doesn’t want a mouthful of frosty watermelon to fight off those dog days of summer? I’m also always happy when we are able to add another option for our dairy free/vegan guests” states Executive Chef Blessing Schuman-Strange.

Nitehawk’s Beverage Directors Nick Dodge and Rob Giles collaborated to elevate cocktail recipes and frozen drinks to showcase seasonal accents with bold fuisions. “We usually like to offer guests a mixture of signature and classic cocktails to provide them with a varied array of beverage options for all levels of experienced drinkers. The Negroni Bianco is a culmination of these two philosophies– a classic cocktail that is based on a familiar recipe, but that has been tweaked to compliment the longer days and hot summer nights. The base spirit used Barr Hill gin, an amazing product endemic to the Northeast region that used raw honey in the distillate, and a relatively new vermouth from Lustau that provides  floral and citrus notes that results in a lighter and more balanced cocktail” states Rob Giles from Nitehawk Williamsburg.

Nitehawk Cinema blossoms this season with a creative selection of food and drink items available at both Brooklyn locations. The lineup of new dishes and signature beverages includes:

  • The Mule (frozen)

    • Frozen ginger lime slushie with your choice of: Absolut Vodka, Hamilton Black Rum or Four Roses Bourbon

  • Donovan’s Reef

    • Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, Four Roses Bourbon, pineapple, lime, cinnamon, Swedish Punsch Liqueur

  • Buddy Love

    • El Dorado (3 yr), Plantation Xaymaca, Black Bottle Scotch, cashew orgeat, lime juice, Combier Liqueur d’Orange, absinthe

  • Negroni Bianco

    • Barr Hill Gin, Lustau Bianco Vermouth, gentian liqueur, grapefruit bitters

  • Cool Breeze Over the Mountains

    • Suntory Whisky Toki, barley, lemon oil, shiso, sparkling water

  • Montauk Watermelon Session IPA

  • Blackberry Farm Classic Belgian-Style Ale

  • Shacksbury Dry Rosé Cider

  • Brooklyn Winery x Nitehawk Red No.2, NY

    • Grenache based Côtes du Rhône style blend, medium body with bright spiced fruit

  • Lamb and Beef Skewers (available at Williamsburg)

    • Cucumber, marinated heirloom cherry tomatoes, mint yogurt sauce

  • Nashville Hot Popcorn Chicken

    • Popcorn chicken, Bread and Butter pickles with a side of ranch

  • Vegan Pulled Pork (available at Williamsburg)

    • Jackfruit, pickled peaches, Carolina style BBQ sauce, kaiser roll, hand cut fries or house salad

  • Lobster Roll

    • Meyer lemon aioli, tarragon, Old Bay, sweet Hawaiian bun, hand cut fries or salad

  • Stone Fruit Salad

    • Seasonal stone fruit, arugula, frisée, Stilton, pickled cherries, walnut vinaigrette

  • Brooklyn Cured Bratwurst (available at Prospect Park)

    • Cucumber-dill salad, mustard new potatoes, house-made sauerkraut


Movie-Inspired Poems at Nitehawk Prospect Park

Special thanks to Max Cavanaugh, Kevin Maher and Nick Nadel for helping to make this possible. Also to Nicki Lilavois and Bob Hoff for their essential help with the first installation of the marquee poems. The final poems appeared January 2018. 

About Saint Flashlight:

Saint Flashlight is the art installation duo of Molly Gross and Drew Pisarra, two lifelong friends and published poets currently devoted to placing verse in public spaces. One previous project involved haikus written in black electrician’s tape on the walls of the Crest True Value Hardware in Williamsburg.

Molly Gross cofounded the Filmette Film Festival at Harvestworks last year. Her love of film, especially Japanese, is pronounced as is her desire to sing and dance. Her latest chapbook of poems, Crisscross (2016), can be read online at

Drew Pisarra has been known to stage Gertrude Stein plays, turn Fassbinder movies into poems, and blog weekly about Korean cinema. He recently grew a mustache to play Nietzsche in an opera by the Austrian-American composer Gisburg.




A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
seed from a book not
the screen she cracked it open
under the skylight

-Karen Hudes (written for Leonard Library)

Karen Hudes took her first swing at NYC signage as a kid in the 1980s, when she wrote the winning slogan to relaunch the Times Square Zipper. Later she conceived and curated a 2010 exhibition about Williamsburg’s handmade shop signs for The City Reliquary in Brooklyn. Check out more of her projects here.

Saturday Night Fever

right down to my blood
fast-footed strut this disco
love these teenage feet

-Diane Mehta

Diane Mehta is a fan of lyrical epigrams and jagged sonnets, the metaphorical equivalent of Emir Kusturica and Werner Herzog. Her poetry collection, Morning of the Monsoon, comes out in 2019 with Four Way Books.

She’s Gotta Have It
Nola Darling dreams
a story in black and white
loving herself first

-Molly Gross

Molly Gross cofounded the Filmette Film Festival at Harvestworks last year. Her love of film, especially Japanese, is pronounced as is her desire to sing and dance. Her latest chapbook of poems, Crisscross (2016), can be read online at



Blue in the Face

lives intersect here
situational drop ins
at the cigar store

-Kate Lutzner​

Kate Lutzner is a Pushcart Prize nominee who loves movies, but whose dyslexia keeps her in local language films. Even so, she loved the French film Betty Blue and fancies herself a dark heroine.

Just Another Girl on the IRT

flygirl rides fast rails
pre gentrified Brooklyn world
yield delays ahead

-Pamela S. Booker

A former longtime Brooklyn resident, though never a “fly girl”, Pamela Booker is an interdisciplinary writer and educator who now lives in North Jersey. She misses the 1990s, and dreams of providing IRT riders with compelling new reads with her Charlie Brown inspired essay forthcoming this fall and a novel that explores drag activism and a murder, soon to follow.


because you’re lactose
intolerant our love is
not a pizza pie

-Regie Cabico (dedicated to Brendan Gillett)

Regie Cabico won the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam and produces Capturing Fire, an international queer slam and summit. His “Moonstruck” moment was being kissed by Stanley Tucci onstage.



The Lords of Flatbush
sly leather jackets
punch drunk studs with jukebox dreams
hair as slick as spit

-Drew Pisarra

Drew Pisarra has been blogging on Korean movies at since 2007 and has written a poem for every movie that R.W. Fassbinder ever made.

Vampire in Brooklyn
when faced with a choice
love or everlasting life
she chose right poor thing

-Christine Fall

Christine Fall is a writer and documentary film producer. Her favorite vampire comedy (yes, it’s a genre) is the 1963 short Transylvania 6-5000, starring Bugs Bunny. You can find out more about Christine here.

The Warriors
at 96th Street
delayed of course mta
everyone must wait

-Jennifer Lam

Jennifer Lam is an arts advocate raised on a bracing diet of Masterpiece Theater and Hong Kong crime dramas. She can find felicity anywhere.

The Babadook

tonight we eat glass
with a side of psychosis
your mother will scream

-Octavio Roscioli (The Haiku Guys & Gals)
Octavio Roscioli is a 25-year-old Brooklyn Software Engineer who also finds time to paint, bike, and front a post-punk rock band. Some of his biggest influences in life are Oscar Wilde, Kermit the Frog, and Kurt Cobain.
It Follows
trading sleep for love
as shadowing gambits wait
only steps away-Erick Szentmiklosy (The Haiku Guys & Gals)

Eric Szentmiklosy is a former payroll salesman who co-founded a national poetry brand, The Haiku Guys & Gals, by accident when working on another project and produces a monthly comedy series called Comedy Commune.

The Ring
your vcr is
ready for a garage sale
oh wait you are dead
-Lisa Ann Markuson (The Haiku Guys & Gals)
Lisa Ann Markuson is co-founder/co-owner of The Haiku Guys, Poet Ambassador for Bowery Poetry, founder/host of A Revolutionary Woman podcast, and currently working on the political verse project #PoemsForSenators. No one knows where she lives.


Volume 5 haikus were chosen by Saint Flashlight via social media contest.

Mean Girls
queen bees score mad burns
high school is for wannabees
put it in the book

-Seth‏ Rosenbaum

Seth Rosenbaum is a writer and actor based in Brooklyn. He has written and performed three solo plays presented as part of the Hot! Festival at Dixon Place. He enjoys reading science fiction novels, long city walks with headphones, and dropping sick Mean Girls one liners whenever possible.

The Shining
too much space and time
daddy gets stressed and flips out
writing books is hard

Jessica van Campen​

When not semi-fervently writing her second screenplay, Jessica van Campen divides her time between urban hikes, her Brooklyn rooftop okra farm and wine.

The Taking of Pelham 123
I thought I was free
I sneezed, he said “Gesundheit”
He knew it was me

Steven Santos

Born in Brooklyn, Steven Santos is a freelance television editor currently transitioning into becoming a writer/producer with a show currently in development and other projects cooking. “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” is the embodiment of his sense of humor. 


cursed by ice and cold
winter is not eternal
the snowman knows so

-Nicki Lilavois

Nicki Lilavois recently received a grant to visit schools in Finland and returned with a guiding principle for her life: less is more.

Home Alone

never was trapping
thieves in home easier than
packing your suitcase

-Genevieve Wollenbecker

Genevieve Wollenbecker will watch just about any movie and is currently working on her first novel.

The Nightmare Before Christmas
pointy hats swiped from
the shop around the corner
the elf has been scrooged

-Nina Katchadourian

Nina Katchadourian lives between Brooklyn and Berlin, and is aware that this is a cliché. She often looks to the mundane things that surround her for inspiration and has recently made projects about things such as dust, eye floaters, and on hold music.

For this final chapter of the Movie Marquee Poems the poets wrote about the act of watching a film.

the story begins
in the dark with you and me
light beams popcorn crunch

-Molly Gross

Molly Gross’ love of film, especially Japanese, is pronounced as is her desire to sing and dance. Her latest chapbook of poems, Crisscross (2016), can be read online at

nothing greener than
the preview screen or whiter
than movie set snow

-Matthea Harvey

Matthea Harvey is a poet and artist who lived right next door to this movie theater for eleven years. She has now moved three blocks away.

should the frames speed up
you will quickly realize
this life is slapstick

-Drew Pisarra

Drew Pisarra has been blogging on Korean movies at since 2007 and has written a poem for every movie that R.W. Fassbinder ever made.

The History of GROUNDHOG DAY (the day, not the movie)

Groundhog-Day-4GROUNDHOG DAY (Harold Ramis, 1993) | Buy Tickets

Everyone knows about Punxsutawney Phil and his ability to let us know, by going back in his hole or not, whether we’ll have more winter or spring soon. But did you know the long, international history behind Groundhog Day? (Note: it doesn’t have anything to do with Bill Murray). We’ve listed our favorite factoid below but be sure to visit for all the interesting details!

Pennsylvania’s earliest settlers were Germans and they found groundhogs to in profusion in many parts of the state. They determined that the groundhog, resembling the European hedgehog, was a most intelligent and sensible animal and therefore decided that if the sun did appear on February 2nd, so wise an animal as the groundhog would see its shadow and hurry back into its underground home for another six weeks of winter.

The Germans recited:
For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day,
So far will the snow swirl until the May.


Post by Caryn Coleman @caryn_coleman

Friday Links (Jan 16)


Afternoon, everybody. We pass around a lot of links behind the scenes at Nitehawk because we’re nerds and that’s what nerds do. So for this first round-up we have badass rides in Japan, the cult of Clue and John Waters perverting the youth.

#GoodIdeas Friend of Nitehawk, Fred Schoenfeld, who owns the beautiful dine-in theater The Commodore in Portsmouth, Va, is trying to drum up support for his next theater renovation project: reviving the dilapidated Afton Theater located in an overlooked and poor section of Portsmouth called Cradock. Deserves some good vibrations, because the local press isn’t giving any. (Via The Virginian Pilot)

Whodunnit? Clue’s journey from box office poison to beloved cult comedy. Features interviews with John Landis, director Jonathan Lynn and most of the cast. (Via Buzzfeed)

AHHHH! Universal Studios Japan creates 4D themed rides for four badass nerd epics Attack on Titan, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Resident Evil & Monster Hunter. What’s it like to get bitten in half by giant? Find out in Japan. (Via Japan Today)

NSFW! Larry Clark’s sex crazed kids return to our screens (The Smell of Us trailer) (Via i-D Magazine)

GENIUS! Kids reading Pink Flamingos with John Waters (Via T Magazine/New York Times)


“Christmas Vacation” Film Feast: Scenes that inspired the menu

XmasVacay FF SliderTis the season to be merry. No shit, you say? Well, we have a Film Feast for you, because for this Holiday season we’ve put together a four course meal inspired by the best Christmas movie of the last 25 years: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Below, Nitehawk chef Michael Franey takes us through the scenes from the film that inspired his yuletide menu.

01 Tree

Griswold Family Christmas Tree Cookie
savory rosemary pine nut shortbread, olive oil foam
“A twist on a cheese cracker and a shortbread all in one. We mix parmesan cheese with rosemary and black pepper and then fold this mixture into a flour and butter to make a flaky, rich, cookie with a ton of cheesiness and bright herb flavor. This is topped with toasted pine nuts and an olive oil foam for a little wow factor.”

Oh, the Drama!: November at Nitehawk

suspiriaSuspiria (1977, Dario Argento)
Friday, November 7 & Saturday, November 8; Midnite | 35mm | Buy Tickets
Last month, our two midnite screenings of Suspiria on 35mm sold out so quickly that we practically had people banging on the door for the chance to see the (awesome looking) print. So… we’re obliging them! Two more Suspiria midnites coming right up!

basketNitehawk Nasties: Basket Case (1982, Frank Henenlotter)
Friday, November 7 & Saturday, November 8; Midnite | Buy Tickets
When a new kids saunters into Times Square with nothing but a bit of cash and a hefty wicker basket to his name, the local skuzzballs he encounters in 80’s New York have one question on their minds: What’s in the basket? The answer is a little gross and it’s hungry.

fistfulCountry Brunchin’: A Fistful of Dollars (1964, Sergio Leone)
Saturday, November 8 & Sunday, November 9; Brunch | Buy Tickets
Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western version of Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, A Fistful of Dollars introduced the world to the legendary Man With No Name, who wanders into a town that’s been torn apart by an ongoing family feud. Never one to turn down a money making opportunity, the man plays the two sides against one-another, aiming to solve the town’s problems and make off with a solid pay day as well. This Country Brunchin’ presentation of A Fistful of Dollars will be preceded with a live pre-show performance by The TarantinosNYC.

Nitehawk Programmer Caryn Coleman Talks Feminism, Horror and the Final Girl on Bitch Media Podcast

This past weekend, our Senior Programmer Caryn Coleman (@caryn_coleman) popped up on Bitch Media’s Popaganda podcast to talk about the Final Girl trope we’ve dedicated our midnites and brunches to this October. Caryn talks feminism and horror movies, the films we chose and why, and what – after years of watching horror movies – still sends her hiding under the covers.

Stabby Scary Spooky Time: October at Nitehawk

dismember-splash2It’s October! Our favorite time of the year. The weather is just right, you get to wear all kinds of fancy new clothes, and you can binge on horror movies without any guilt whatsoever.

We have a whole slew of horror and more in store for you this month, including our massive series on horror’s most fearsome foe: the Final Girl. Also a special presentation of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford with Casey Affleck in house; a special screening of NY graffiti-doc Style Wars and a special 20th anniversary screening of Pulp Ficiton! Plus, out all-nite Halloween horror movie marathon: A Nite to Dismember! It’s all below. Bewaaarreeeee

Nitehawk ’94: September at Nitehawk

1994-trailerimageEvery year, we’ve taken a liking to peering back 20 years into the past to see what good stuff we find, and it’s always a treat. 1994, it turns out, was a good year…. well kind of. It was actually a rather ugly year: there was OJ, there as Tonya Harding, there was Newt Gingrich. Times were tough, but the movies? Choice. This month we’re dedicating both our Brunch and Midnite features to ’94, but we also have a great Nitehawk Nasty lined up, a pair of Music Driven features, and whole host of other stuff.

simpsCafe: Simpsons Club
Mondays; 10pm | Free
After a long Summer off drinking Skittlebrau alone, we’re bringing our weekly Simpsons Club back to the cafe. Starting on Labor Day, we’ll be heading back to the early seasons again, and pepper in some late season gems to keep things funky. Of course, we’ll still have original commercials, shorts and extras every week; plus, it’s free, so really there’s no excuse not to come out. I guess you could always just watch FXX, but… No! Wait! COME BACK

shallow1994: Shallow Grave (1994, Danny Boyle)
Friday, September 5 & Saturday, September 6; Midnite | 35mm | Buy Tickets
Danny Boyle’s feature-length debut, Shallow Grave, features baby faced Ewan McGreggor, Christopher Eccleston and Kiwi actress Kerry Fox as a group of flatmates whose friendship gets tested by a big ass box of dirty money. There’s a problem, though: they have to dispose of their new roommates corpse in order to keep it. Makin’ paper’s never easy, is it?

Bite This! – August at Nitehawk

gaggieNitehawk Naughties: Memories Within Miss Aggie (1974, Gerard Damiano)
Friday, August 1 & Saturday, August 2; Midnite | Buy Tickets
After directing breakthrough skin flicks Deep Throat and The Devil in Miss Jones, director Gerard Damiano sought to further legitimize the X-rated market with Memories Within Miss Aggie. Damiano took a few queues from Hitchcock and attempted a movie that had all of the acting, pretentious thematics and plot twists we’ve come to expect from quality cinema. All Damiano did was add some footage of people gettin’ it on. Get this man an Oscar. (Seriously, there was a campaign to get him an Oscar for this movie)

ghamA Reasonable Length: Harold and Maude (1971, Hal Ashby)
Saturday, August 2 & Sunday, August 3; Brunch | Buy Tickets
Hal Ashby’s twee romance between a suicidal rich kid and an off-beat octogenarian. Filled with morbid wit, heart and Cat Stevens, Harold & Maude laid the seeds that eventually flourished into the corduroy oak that is Wes Anderson. Best seen with someone much older (or much younger) than yourself.

gmartin2Bite This!: Martin (1976, George A. Romero)
Monday, August 4; 9:30pm | Buy Tickets
Horror godfather George Romero made his vampire film Martin in 1974 in a rundown factory town outside of Pittsburgh. Romero’s vampire isn’t quite like his silver screen cousins, Martin — a seemingly normal young man — has no supernatural powers to speak of, and he certainly has no skills in seduction. But while Martin may not be a natural creature of the night, he does have a thirst for blood, and he has a grisly tool kit to help him get his evening fix.