Holiday book drive with Nitehawk and Out of Print to benefit NY Foundling!


After giving thanks this week, give books to kids! On December 2, in conjunction with our screening of Scrooged, Nitehawk and Out of Print are hosting a book drive for the screening to benefit The NY Foundling

Tickets to the movie may be sold out but that doesn’t mean you’re out! We’re still encouraging people to come by and donate books or, heck, even some cold hard cash. And if you un-Scrooge status isn’t enough, you’ll also receive some pretty amazing benefits from Out of Print.

The details are…

1) Donate at least one new book (appropriate for ages ten and younger) and receive a $25 gift card to Out of Print’s website. 

2) Donate $15 onsite and get a $25 gift card to Out of Print’s website — 100% of this donation will go to The NY Foundling. 

Non bah, humbug!

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Photos: A Nite to Dismember 2015

For three years running, Halloween at Nitehawk has meant one thing: A Nite to Dismember, an all-night horror movie marathon starting at midnite and going way, way into the soft November sunshine. Anchored with the theme of “Decades of Horror,” this year’s slate of films was Poltergeist (80s), House on Haunted Hill (60s), A Bay of Blood (70s), Scream (90s) and a new mystery film off the festival circuit: The Mind’s Eye.

On top of all that was a costume contest, trivia, goodie bags, slap-happy drinking games all led by Shudder‘s Sam Zimmerman and Nitehawk’s own Kris King. Survivors (more this year than others) of the evening were treated to a cupcakes from our neighbor Sweethaus, and a breakfast spread and cereal bar provided by Post.

Check the pictures below, and who knows, maybe next year you too will have… A Nite to Dismember. *lightning crack, distant laughter*

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Nice Shoes Made An Awesome Thing for Shorts Fest

For the past three years, Nice Shoes Creative Studio have been a sponsor of our annual Shorts Festival, providing a generous color grading package prize to Festival winners. This year, the team went a step further by animating a Nitehawk short to open up the festival about how we, as Nitehawks, hunt for good movies like a fearsome bird of prey. They explain it better on their blog, and talk with the short’s creator James Coulson about his idea and process. Suffice to say, we love it. Check it out:

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The 2015 Nitehawk Staff Halloween Costume Contest

As has become a Halloween tradition at Nitehawk, we’ve once again invited our staff into a game of costumed brinksmanship for cash prizes and alcohol all for the rest of our enjoyment. Winners of these prizes have yet to be decided, but we do have the contestants from this past weekend, and they’re all listed below.

Who will come out on top this year? Will it be Bartender Hunter for his scary Bob Dylan looking thing? Or will it be Manager Nicole who lived out her lifelong dream of walking around town covered in blood? Or will it be The Nitehawk, a mysterious masked crusader who works night and day to serve you drinks while you watch horror movies?

Bartender Craig as Gene from 'Wet Hot American Summer'
Bartender Vanessa as Cholo Bride of Frankenstein
Server Madeline as Lara Croft
Server Kate as David Foster Wallace
Bartender Ryan as The Nitehawk
Bartender Hunter as... Ghost Bob Dylan? Who knows.
Server Maria as Janelle Monae
Projectionist Joe as Eddie Valiant
Server Shae and Runner Will as Alabama and Clarence from True Romance
Server Ryan as Ballerina Ryan
Bartender Kayla as Caveman Kayla
Server Matt as Porn Star Santa
Server Phil as Manager Margaret, Manager Margaret as Herself
Runner Jeremy as Beetlejuice
Servers Rebecca and Greg as Amy Winehouse and Blake
Chefs Greg and Kurt as Juggalos WOOP WOOP
Runner Chris as Marty McFly
Server Nick as Frida
Manager Nicole as Patrick Bateman
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Q&A: Author/Screenwriter Emma Donoghue on ROOM

On Thursday, October 15, Rooftop Films held a special advance screening of Lenny Abrahamson’s Room followed by a delightful Q&A with Emma Donoghue, who wrote the book upon which the film is based and the screenplay of the movie itself. Led by Rooftop’s Dan Nuxoll, Abrahamson talks about the real life inspiration for the story, researching isolation and captivity and how she massaged her novel into a filmable script.

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Q&A: Actor/Director Sebastian Silva talks NASTY BABY

On Wednesday, October 14 2015, Nitehawk and Gothamist hosted an advanced screening of Nasty Baby, a “fucked up urban fable” from writer/director/star Sebastian Silva (Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus, Magic Magic). Moderated by Gothamist’s Jen Chung, Silva goes into detail about how the film reflects his own life, the complicated way Kristin Wiig and American women in general wear their hair, and why he thinks sex scenes in movies are boring. Oh, and how he kind of wants to kill somebody. More below.

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Q&A: VICTORIA director Sebastian Schipper & star Laia Costa

On Thursday, October 8, 2015 Nitehawk hosted the New York City premiere of Sebastian Schipper’s single shot thriller Victoria. After the film, star Laia Costa joined Schipper for a Q&A moderated by Erik Luers of ‘Filmmaker Magazine’ and discussed preparing for the long shoot, the host of challenges they faced on their shoot in Berlin, and the strength of story over script.

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Gallery: Nitehawk’s Fall 2015 Menu

Fall has finally hit New York City, and we’re pleased as punch to be neck deep in hurricane panic, Halloween decorations and a long slate of horror movies. Just like with every season, Nitehawk’s kitchen, headed up by chef Kurt Applegate, is rolling out a new menu to keep up with the shifting winds. Below, we’ve put together a collection of photos of all of the new items to our menu like a burrata crostini, bacon-wrapped scallops, and new entrees. 

In the department of things that aren’t pictured but should be: we have an Affogato Float that’s made with Manhattan Special espresso soda and Nutella soft serve (that you can add booze into, natch), and a new season popcorn that’s made with maple honey-butter and cinnamon toast crunch (uh huh).

As you can see, we’re full of surprises. So go ahead and click through what we have below; do it again; and now try to spend the rest of your day not thinking about chicken sandwiches and delicious piles of cheese.

Photos by Irene Yoo.

BURRATA CROSTINI: Burrata, fig compte, grilled baguette, balsamic reduction. To be eaten at every meal.
MEAT PLATE: Prosciutto, Columbus Finocchiona, Columbus Calabrese. Spicy. Salty. Hammy.
CHEESE PLATE: three tres fancy cheese from Murray's Cheese. Castatica (Italian), Beemster XO (NP) & Shropshire (UK)
KALE SALAD: Tuscan kale, Asian pear, dried cranberries, smoked almonds, hazelnut-tahini dressing. It's a Brooklyn bi-law to have a Kale salad on the menu.
BACON WRAPPED SCALLOPS: sea scallops, applewood smoked bacon, honey-dijon. Eating 27 is the record, dare you break it?
FLATBREAD: butternut squash, fontina, caramelized onions, fried sage.
SHRIMP AND POLENTA: cajun spiced shrimp, jalapeno-cheddar polenta, peppadew coulis.
BRUSSELS SPROUTS: crispy brussels sprouts served with slived apple, bacon and a cider reduction. SO Fall.
SHORT RIB EMPANADAS: red wine braised short rib, kimchi, gochujang aioli. Gochujang is a spicy, funky Korean condiment that's delicious.
MEATBALL HOAGIE: beef meatballs, tomato marinara, fontina, parmesan, Martin's hoagie roll. Where I come from, this is called a sub, but if you put it on a Martin's Potato Roll you can call it whatever you want.
STEAK SANDWICH: marinated petit filet, Korean slaw, gochujang aioli, foccacia
FRIED CHCIKEN SANDWICH: pickle brined chicken breast, cilantro-jalapeno aioli; We have a winner. Give this thing a tiny, edible trophy.
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Lo-Res Fall Cocktails: Raw and Uncensored

Fall appeals to all kinds of vices: artificial pumpkin flavoring, chainsaw murder movies, hiding weight gain under layers and layers and layers of trendy clothing; but one of the best vices for the blissful blip before Winter freezes our collective souls is drinking. Sweet drinks, warm drinks, funky drinks, strong drinks. The glory days of watery beer and limey, bubbly cocktails have had their day in the sun; it’s time to get to some real, honest heavy drinking.

Below, Nitehawk’s beverage team of Matt Walker and Nick Dodge take us through some of the highlights of the new cocktails on offer at Nitehawk’s bar, Lo-Res. Some are fruity, some are beety, all of them are named for dollar bin VHS tapes.

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Ballast Point Barrel Aged Rum, pistachio orgeat, Beet Syrup, fresh lime, black walnut bitters

It’s hard for me to imagine The Siberian Bull drinking a cocktail, but when I think of beets I think of Russia, and when I think of Russia, obviously I think of Ivan Drago. In this application the beet syrup tastes more fruity than earthy, so this cocktail ends up being much more accessible than it sounds. We’re making Pistachio milk in house, then making the orgeat from that, but to be honest, the pistachio milk is so good on its own I end up drinking most of it before we even make the orgeat. -MW (more…)

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Q&A: Former NYPD officer Robert Werner on 80 BLOCKS FROM TIFFANY’S

On Wednesday, August 12, Nitehawk and Mass Appeal got together for a screening of notorious Bronx gang documentary 80 BLOCKS FROM TIFFANY’S and held a discussion with one of the police officers from the film, Robert R. Werner moderated by ‘Rubble Kings’ director Shan Nicholson.

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Q&As from the 2015 Tribeca Film Institute Summer Documentary Series at Nitehawk Cinema

In July, Nitehawk teamed up with Tribeca Film Institute for the second year  to present a curated series of documentaries from the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. We hosted reprise screenings of three documentary highlights of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival: Live From New York(T)Error, and Very Semi-SeriousEach screening hosted a Q&A afterwards with the films’ directors, producers, and subjects which, lucky for you, we recorded and have posted here!



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Say Hello to Our Summer 2015 Menu!

Finally! Summertime, baby! The winds of winter have blown their last, and all the little trees and flowers have stopped blowing their horrible allergens into the air, and we can all just pause for a second and get some sun on our collective faces… and then go see a movie. Our chef Kurt Applegate and his team have put together a menu for the season, and below the man himself takes us through a few of the new fresh cuts.

IwsrIzLl4jzBhi8wYJgi_hdNwhFoyr-o_RjvmqCo-zM“The Vince”
truffle butter, sriracha, chipotle, lime, citric salt
This spicy little number was concocted by one of our talented Expeditors, Vincent Rivera. He’s around the popcorn and their ingredients all the time. So, like any popcorn mad scientist would do, he decided to throw everything into a bowl just to see what happens. Vince thought it was pretty good, but the only thing that he thought could make it better was sriracha. Afterwards the entire staff at Nitehawk became addicted to it so, naturally, we just had to put it on the menu.

grilled artichokes, mixed olives, baby arugula, black pepper ricotta
Summer’s finally here, so I decided to lighten things up a bit. Using our own, carefully made, flatbread, we smother it with peppery ricotta that’s brightened up with some lemon zest. Top it off with some grilled artichokes and sliced olives and then pop it in the oven. After it’s nice and crispy we take it out of the oven and finish it off with some crispy baby arugula. Come enjoy one in our outdoor seating with a glass of Rose´ and pretend you’re at a sidewalk cafe in Provence.

Photo Jun 30, 5 00 01 PMGrilled Chicken Sandwich
roasted red peppers, arugula pesto, goat cheese, rosemary foccaccia
The Mexican Flag? The Italian Flag? Christmas in June? A lot of thoughts pop into my head when i see this sandwich and its radiant red, bright green and super white color scheme. But, mostly I just think about how delicious of a sandwich it is. Simple, balanced flavors make this one shine.

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Steak Torta
petit filet, romaine, herbed tomato, guacamole, pickled red onion, focaccia, house cut fries or salad
My good friend and Executive Sous Chef, Gregory Barrera is originally from southern Los Angeles, California. Let’s just say he knows his way around a torta. So, we put our heads together to bring you this flavor packed sandwich . When you put grilled petit filet, chopped romaine, sliced beefsteak tomato marinated in chimichurri, our own pickled red onions and guacamole on warm focaccia, you are left with a sandwich so heavenly you’ll be watching more movies with us.

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Don Draper on “I Am Curious (Yellow)”

Megan and Don love dirty movies! Missing Mad Men? Loving our Scandinavian sex film series? Well then, this clip is for you! Watch Don Draper name-drop I Am Curious (Yellow) (get tickets for this weekend’s midnite screenings) to Peggy in this Season 7 episode called “The Strategy”…scandalous!


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Nitehawk’s Senior Film Programmer Caryn Coleman writes on the devil, women, and New York in The Sentinel for Shock Til You Drop. Get Tickets to our 35mm screening of The Sentinel this weekend at midnite, part of our The Works: Jeff Goldblum

Are you one of the Legion?…

The devil certainly has a thing for New York women; at least in film. Like its striking satanic predecessor Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Michael Winner’s The Sentinel (1974) is rooted within an everyday reality. This makes it intimately relatable and, therefore, appropriately terrifying. These films exploit the familiarity of our shared experiences: who hasn’t been sad, wanted a family, or had trouble with a significant other? They place the idea horror within the context of the “home” which, as a literary Gothic staple has been going since the 1800s, but cinematically it represents that postmodern shift into the urban space where your neighbors, friends and lovers are whom you should now fear the most. This is especially true if you’re a young woman and only exacerbated if you’re a young woman living in a chaotic city like New York…READ THE REST

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