04/20/17 1:45pm

Seeing a movie in a theater has become ridiculously expensive. Even if you don’t spring for 3D or IMAX, you’re likely paying close to $20 for a film you’re not even sure you’ll enjoy. It’s an event, and the experience usually involves coordinating with friends or partners to find an acceptable showtime and seats that are next to each other (if you’re in one of these newfangled assigned-seating theaters). Shows under $10 are rare, and not every theater has good matinee deals.

So if you’re new to Brooklyn, or you’ve been here for years but generally avoid theaters because of the cost, here is the rundown on current ticket prices. Use this handy guide the next time you need something to do on a random weekday afternoon, or if you’re looking for budget dates. And as we head into warmer weather, you may need to use one of these theaters to duck into when your air conditioner breaks down. And now we present the main attraction: (more…)

04/03/17 10:06am
Vamp it up with Took Edalow (#6) (pic via Facebook)

Vamp it up with Took Edalow (#6) (pic via Facebook)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here.]

1. Learn about all the good graphic novels can do for the world at Comics as a Force for Social Change, with authors John Jennings, Damian Duffy, and Thi Bui. (Monday, Greenlight Books, FREE)

2. Watch weird animation late at night at Dirty Morning Cartoons, with dozens of strange shorts by Sick Animation, Leah Shore, Nick DenBoer, Felix Colgrave, and many more, curated by Cartuna. (Monday, Lo-Res Bar, FREE)

3. Hear a host of nontraditional voices at A Path of Their Own: Asian American Creatives, with presenters including producer Jaeki Cho, curator Hawa Arsala, composer Kavita Shah, content creator Jaysn Kim, and many more. (Tuesday, BRIC, FREE)  (more…)

12/05/16 11:11am
Get into the spirit at the Roots n' Ruckus Fest (#5) (pic by JMS Art & Photo)

Get into the spirit at the Roots n’ Ruckus Fest (#5) (pic by JMS Art & Photo)

1. Listen to comedians answer tough / ridiculous questions at Would You Rather?, featuring Peter Bandyk, Amanda Xeller, Jed Resnik, and Shen Liu. (Monday, The Experiment Comedy Gallery, $5)

2. Work out all your angst at the launch of a new monthly emo party, Taking Back Mondays, with all your favorite ’00s screamers plus $2 beer all night and food from Strange Flavor Burger Shack. (Monday, The Johnsons, FREE)

3. Get moody at the final Little Cinema screening of the season: Edward Scissorhands, with dancers, aerialists, DJ’s, live music, and immersive effects incorporated into the film. (Tuesday, House of Yes, $15) (more…)

12/01/16 4:15pm
Catch the surreal stylings of Cheeky Lane (#1) (pic by Steven Menendez)

Catch the surreal stylings of Cheeky Lane (#1) (pic by Steven Menendez)

1. See some strange whimsey at The Winter Wonderland Blunderland Variety Show, starring Trixie Little, The Love Show, Samantha Sterman, Cheeky Lane, Poison Eve, and more. (Friday, House of Yes, $15)

2. Laugh for strong gals at The Fempire Strikes Back, with comedy, videos, and funny songs from sketch troupe American Candy. (Friday & Saturday, Actors Fund Arts Center, $25)

3. Spread some cheer at the Bushwick Starr Holiday Party, with free drinks, free food, dancing to DJ Avg Jo, a mistletoe photobooth, and more. (Friday, Bushwick Starr, $25)

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11/07/16 12:00pm
house of yes

Hit the poles on election night at House of Yes (#4). Photo by Tod Seelie.

1. The Brooklyn Brainery and Brooklyn Historical Society have teamed up for a new series, and tonight’s the first installment: Our Pesky Neighbors Part 1: Pigeons features Margaret Mittelbach, founder of The Secret Science Club, holding forth on those ubiquitous rats of the sky. (Monday, BHS, $10)

2. And speaking of pests: On the eve of this hellscape election, check out The Drumf and the Rheingold: An Operatic Apocalypse, a political satire and parody of Wagner’s Ring Cycle performed by an ensemble of NYC musicians. (Monday, Pioneer Works, $15)

3. VOTE. VOTE LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT — BECAUSE, FOR SO MANY, IT DOES. Here’s how(more…)

11/03/16 12:21pm
Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

The problem of “transplants” is a major gripe for Brooklyn natives, or anyone who thinks they’ve lived here long enough to earn the chance to sneer at the latest batch of college graduates who just hatched in Bushwick. New York is big, too-crowded and complicated, and we feel defensive about who has earned the right to criticize it, explain it to outsiders or rep some provenance of “Brooklyn-ness” when out in the world.

City Point is one of the most anticipated developments in recent history in Brooklyn, and it’s full of both transplants and locals. The 675,000 square foot, five-story complex right off the Dekalb Avenue stop is one of the things that’s turning that part of Downtown Brooklyn into a destination, not just a collection of office buildings and parking garages. Earlier this month, the Century 21 opened on the ground floor; last week, the long-awaited Alamo Drafthouse finally opened its dine-in theaters and bar upstairs. A Trader Joe’s, Target and a food hall are coming soon.

Scoping it out last week, we noticed the above sign with what City Point has adopted as its slogan: “You don’t have to be born in Brooklyn to be Brooklyn born.” This motto seems risky, poised to trigger that kind of anti-transplant attitude that mocked Budweiser’s ham-handed attempt at local authenticity earlier this year. What made City Point go with this message? I called up Paul Travis, managing partner of Washington Square Partners, which is developing the site, to find out.

“Brooklyn is not one of those places in America where people have lived there forever, where if you come back 100 years later it’s the same family,” he said. “Brooklyn is a county, or city, you can call it, of immigrants. The idea that you can identify as a Brooklyner even if you weren’t born there is very strong.” (more…)

10/25/16 12:38pm
Twas Instagram that killed the beast. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

Be your own King Kong in the Alamo Drafthouse lobby. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

The Alamo Drafthouse officially opens on Thursday, capping off a grueling four-year wait for fans of the Austin chain looking forward to drinking a beer and eating some queso while watching a film. If you pop by this week however, you can catch a few preview movies as the theater works out the kinks before opening day (and with half-price food, too). The Drafthouse, with locations in 22 cities across the country, is certainly the big name in in-theater dining, but it faces a lot of competition in New York. Nitehawk has been operating a smaller theater in Williamsburg for years, and is expanding to a second location in Park Slope next year.

Last night, Alamo founder Tim League led a media tour through the theater, located at the top of the new City Point development in Downtown Brooklyn. Then Sam and I, who both in the spring got the chance to check out an Alamo theater in Austin, popped in to see a film (the perfect misandrist Halloween revenge fantasy Ms. 45) to get the full experience. Here are the 10 best things you’ll find at the new theater — and some things that left us feeling a little bit disappointed. (more…)

10/18/16 4:31pm
The long-awaited Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn is finally opening next week!

The lobby mural at the new Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn, opening Oct. 28. Via Facebook.

You’ve waited and waited so long for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Brooklyn to open, a waiting period that has stretched four years, several construction delays, a handful of Fast and Furious movies, a whole new Star Wars film. But the day is finally here for Brooklyn to get its outpost of the famed Austin dine-in theater chain known as much for its elaborate events as it is for its movies and food. The theater will open in the City Point development in Downtown Brooklyn on Oct. 28, just in time to show some Halloween films, the cinema announced today through a New York Times story. Tickets will go on sale at 8am tomorrow on the website. You can definitely feel the sense of relief from theater founder Tim League:

“It’s a lot more expensive and takes a lot longer than you think to do a construction project in New York,” League told the Times. “I’ve also learned, never put an opening date on a subway advertisement.” (more…)

05/18/16 3:48pm
Alamo Drafthouse is bringing a free, interactive movie series to Fort Greene Park!

Alamo Drafthouse is bringing its famed screening parties, like this Texas Chainsaw Massacre screening in 2011, to Brooklyn. Photo by Mary Sledd via Facebook.

We’ve been waiting years for the fabled Alamo Drafthouse to open in Downtown Brooklyn. We finally got word earlier this month that the Austin-based chain famous for its in-theater dining and drinking would actually be opening this summer. But the Drafthouse is known for more than just getting queso fries and Lone Stars delivered to your seat: It’s also loved for its outlandish and elaborate movie parties (including, famously, Jaws screenings held on a lake). We wondered: Would Brooklyn get some of that fun too?

Well now we have the answer: The Drafthouse announced today it’s bringing a FREE three-movie screening series to Fort Greene Park this year. It starts May 27 with a Bring Your Own Dog screening of the fabulous Christopher Guest mockumentary Best in Show, followed by the Brooklyn debut of its storied Labyrinth sing-along on June 3 (rescheduled to June 4 due to weather), where you can sing and dance along to words on the screen. The final film will be a costumes-encouraged screening of Finding Nemo on June 10, a week before the sequel Finding Dory hits theaters.  (more…)

02/24/16 3:25pm
NYC's first Alamo theater is finally opening in Downtown Brooklyn soon. Via Facebook.

NYC’s first Alamo theater is finally opening in Downtown Brooklyn soon. Via Facebook.

We’ve been waiting with bated breath for the opening of a Downtown Brooklyn location of Alamo Drafthouse, Austin’s über hip bar and cinema, since they first started the buzz about it some four years ago. And while there’s been no official opening date announced, it’s clear that Alamo’s 445 Gold St. address is due to cut the ribbon any minute now, because they’re hiring for all sorts of managerial positions! (Hint: you should take one of them.) Alamo, for those not in the know, is a food-and-drink theater in the vein of Nitehawk or the new Syndicated theater in Bushwick. But it’s famous for holding elaborate events, including a screening of Jaws on a lake or showing Snowpiercer on a train. No word on what elaborate events they’ll bring got Brooklyn, but if you get one of these jobs, you can maybe pitch some ideas. (more…)