The Automat with director Lisa Hurwitz

Trailer Review Tickets


Wednesday, May 18

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Lisa Hurwitz’s charming documentary centers on an eatery that, through an elaborate vending machine, offered fresh cooked meals for a nickel. Mel Brooks, his comedy partner Carl Reiner, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Colin Powell all sing the praises of the automat, a staple of New York and Philadelphia life for more than 50 years. (U.S., 2021, 79m) In person: Lisa Hurwitz

“Marvelous … to watch it is to be drawn into an enchanting and wistfully profound time-tripping reverie.” –Variety