Brooklyn’s New Nitehawk Cinema Revives Speakeasy Days with a Dazzling LED Facade

by , 09/26/11

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The new theater on Metropolitan Avenue offers a very cool cinematic experience that includes wholesome meals, great ambiance, comfortable seating, and – don’t you know – several sustainable building techniques. As a construction material, zinc is widely considered to be a great choice. Albeit finite, it is the 23rd most available element in the earth’s crust and mining of this material is typically less disruptive to the environment than other elements. Plus it is non-ferrous, which means that it isn’t prone to rust and therefore lasts a long time.

Matched with energy efficient LED lights — the pattern of which was generated using a custom-scripted evolutionary computational system — the Nitehawk’s facade is far more sustainable than concrete or other materials. Inspired by the Commodore, a decadent movie house built in the vicinity nearly a century ago, it makes sense that the Nitehawk would incorporate a few cutting-edge sustainable design techniques to sort of buck the fossil-fueled establishment!

Tickets to films cost $11 a pop, and you should definitely buy your tickets in advance online — this theater is filling a huge void in North Brooklyn’s movie-viewing experience. Even if you can’t make it for a film, Nitehawk is worth visiting for the cafe, where chef Saul Bolton (of The Vanderbilt and Saul) has created a changing seasonal menu. For those who want to do dinner and a movie without changing seats, the films are seated earlier than needed to allow patrons time to enjoy a meal in the actual theater where small tables are located between the seats. If you decide you need something else to nosh during the film, all you have to do it write it on a little piece of paper, stick it in a little holder, and your waiter will zip right over to bring you whatever you desire!

Nitehawk Cinema is located at 136 Metropolitan Avenue between Berry and Wythe Streets in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The phone number is 718-384-3980.

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