THE AUTOMAT - Sunday Schmooze

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Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 1 Sun, Aug 28 10:00 AM


Sunday Schmooze

Brunch, Film, and Discussion hosted by Fred Craden


With Filmmaker Lisa Hurwitz In Person

Sunday, August 28th

Bagels at 10 AM | Film at 11 AM

Members $12 | Public $17

Americans once sipped coffee and ate pie around communal tables, sharing their struggles and dreams with strangers at Horn & Hardart’s iconic Automat. Lifetimes ago, these working-class palaces nourished a sense of unity that bridged the diversity of class, language, gender and race in the urban melting pots of the East Coast. Travel back in time to experience this unique piece of America's history, an exciting story and one that may seem strangely familiar. More than just entertainment, THE AUTOMAT is a parable of how we once dined happily together before turning to the isolated and unhappy experience offered by fast food, a bad deal that no amount of advertising can disguise. Featuring interviews with Mel Brooks, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Colin Powell, Carl Reiner, Elliott Gould, and Howard Schiltz. (2021, 79min., USA, NR, English | Dir. Lisa Hurwitz)

Still from THE AUTOMAT (2022)

Film poster for THE AUTOMAT (2022)