New York’s independent bookshops might be struggling, but boutique cinemas are clearly thriving: Williamsburg’s five-year-old dine-in movie theater, Nitehawk, will open its second location in Park Slope, transforming the Pavilion. The $10 million Nitehawk Prospect Park will boast seven screens, 650 seats, two kitchens, and two bars, and thousands of kale salads. It will open in about one year.
In 2011, Nitehawk was the only theater of its kind in New York, but 2016 brought the openings of both the Metrograph, on the Lower East Side, and Syndicated, in Bushwick. The long-awaited Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn — expected for August — has no scheduled opening date, but it’s on its way, too. Just how many ways can these cinemas fancify popcorn?