Greenpoint Gazette

Nitehawk to Return to Williamsburg Waterfront

BY Tanay Warerkar

On Sunday evenings, as the crowds dissipate from the Williamsburg waterfront and the food trucks and vendors have pulled away, the area between North 11th and 12th Streets on Kent Avenue transforms into an outdoor movie theater.

It’s all part of the 7th annual 50 Kent Festival that kicked off in May, which has featured a music concert series organized by the Northside Media Group, an open-air market provided by Brooklyn Flea, a community bike education center with bike skills classes for children and adults, a monthly pop-up roller rink with classes offered by the Gotham Girls Roller Derby, and a craft fair that will conclude the festival in September.

This month and next, Nitehawk Cinemas brings back its popular free outdoor summer movie screening series for three weekends.

“This year we expanded the series beyond just concerts to include more variety of free community programming, including the outdoor movies for which we partnered with local operator Nitehawk Cinema,” said Ed Janoff, the Executive Director of the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, the organization behind the 50 Kent Festival. “Their history of producing exciting cinema events such as signature series, films with live music, food pairings and brunches, as well as their North Brooklyn roots, made them a natural choice to complement all the other activities OSA and its partners are bringing to 50 Kent this summer.”

The three films featured this year in Nitehawk’s outdoor line up are the Coen Brothers’ 2000 adventure-comedy, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?, starring George Clooney; The James Bond classic, To Russia with Love, with Sean Connery at the helm; and finally the western-comedy, Three Amigos, starring Steve Martin, and loosely based on Akira Kurosawa’s seminal 1954 film, Seven Samurai.

A number of food vendors will also be present for the screenings including Brooklyn Soda Works, Luzzo’s Group, and Mario & Sons.

Short musical performances kick off at 7 p.m., and the screenings begin at sundown.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs, and since the screenings are free, spaces run out quickly, but for $12 Nitehawk seats you in the VIP section, which gives you easy access to the bar, a free beer and popcorn.

“The best part of these events for us is translating what we normally do at Nitehawk Cinema on a larger scale,” said Matthew Viragh, the founder and executive director of Nitehawk Cinema. “We pair each movie with a local band that plays an inspired musical performance related to each movie beforehand. And we tailor our food offerings to relate to the movie too. This year’s screenings would not have happened without the support of Open Space Alliance and they’ve done a great job throughout northern Brooklyn protecting our parks and curating unique partners and programming throughout the public spaces.”

For detailed information on the film screenings visit and for more information on the 50 Kent Festival visit


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