A famously art-centric and creative New York City borough, Brooklyn naturally has plenty of great places to watch a flick. During the summer, for example, outdoor screenings of classic films on big-blow-up screens frequent park lawns in Williamsburg, Clinton Hill and beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Year round, however, there’s an awesome variety of cinemas with an eccentric variety of movies and amenities.
Bam Rose Cinemas, in association with the storied Brooklyn Academy of Music, screens films across four different theaters, the smallest of which seats over 100 people. Sitting in a converted playhouse, guests enjoy modern arthouse flicks coming off the world’s hottest film festivals, and brilliant revival series. From 1960s Cuban cinema to Afrofuturism to their very own independent film competition, BAMcinemaFest, this hub of the New York City movie scene is a deeply imaginative and prolific cultural destination in Brooklyn.
Sitting in the heart of Williamsburg, Nitehawk is a well known commodity in Brooklyn. Serving critically-acclaimed food to movie-watchers throughout screenings, the cinema-restaurant hybrid keeps things real with progressive cocktails and ingredient-inspired dishes. If you’re not indulging in one of their specials named in one way or another after one of the films playing, trust the tater tots with queso and scallions, and the Firewalker, a spicy cocktail of house-infused jalapeño tequila, passion fruit, orange curacao, and lime. Their midnite throwback screenings—expect anything from Snakes on a Plane to The Godfather Series— is one many off-the-marquee events worth checking out.
For those who want to catch the summer Marvel blockbuster and watch a modern-digital projection with a fat bag of butter-soaked popcorn in your lap, United Artist Court Street is the classic American theater for you. The spacious and comfortable cinema shows the world’s most popular comedies, 3D action movies, animated pictures, and chart-toppers. Their partner theater in Sheepshead Bay takes things one step further with an IMAX 3D theater bringing all of the exciting developments in contemporary filmmaking to Brooklyn.