Syndicated opened last Friday on the Morgan stop in Bushwick. It’s a 50-seat theater that will host regular film screenings as well as screenings of special events including the Academy Awards and the premiere of the new X-Files. You can check out the full calendar here. Tonight, as a tribute to David Bowie, check out The Man Who Fell to Earth.
A movie theater and restaurant — with wait service during the film in the same vein as Nitehawk Cinema — is opening near the Morgan Avenue L stop on Friday. Syndicated, located at 40 Bogart St., is much smaller than Nitehawk with just one 50-seat theater. Its restaurant and bar is also just as big as the theater, with 70 seats in the restaurant and nearly 30 at the bar.
The chef, Bret Macris, has spent time at shuttered Los Angeles Italian restaurant Campanile and Rose Water in Brooklyn and is debuting with options like fried corned beef short rib, popcorn-fried oysters, tater tots topped with pulled pork, and duck confit nachos. Many of the appetizers can be ordered during the film, though larger items like burgers, lamb ribs, and salads can only be ordered in the restaurant.
Tickets for films are considerably cheaper than a typical movie theater at $3 for a single feature and $5 for a double feature. The new theater plans to screen recent independent films and classic films of the past, selected by managing partner Tim Chung, a former film location scout. It also plans to host special events, including a screening of the 2016 Oscar Shorts, film screenings followed by discussions, and double features with a high brow film and low brow film with similar themes. The next high brow-low brow double feature, on January 20th, shows David Bowie’s “The Man Who Fell to the Earth” along with “Howard the Duck.” The full schedule — and the full menu — can be seen on the Syndicated website.
Bushwick Daily says:
A Bushwick Nitehawk? We are SO for this.
Syndicated – a restaurant, bar, independent movie theater unrelated to Nitehawk – will open tomorrow night, bringing a new dining and entertainment venue to 40 Bogart Street off the Morgan L. The brainchild of Tim Chung, a former film location scout and lifelong movie buff, Syndicated is a restaurant and bar AND separate theater screening classic films, Indies and thematic festivals where you can order food and drink from the comfort of your seat.The restaurant will serve seasonal New American dishes and elevated bar food from Bret Macris, an LA native and former chef at Rose Water. The menu will offer Macris’ seasonal spin on American comfort food with many items also available in the theater. Starters include popcorn-crusted fried oysters and bacon butter maple meatballs
And more from Gothamist:
A new dine-in cinema, restaurant and bar will be debuting on Bushburg’swick’s Bogart Street on Friday, featuring a 50-seat screening room where filmgoers can order food and booze while taking in a flick. Named
Syndicated, the new spot will be a smaller version of Williamsburg’s Nitehawk Cinema (the two are not related), though it won’t be screening first-run films, rather a curated selection of films by Managing Partner Tim Chung. They will, however, be screening the Academy Awards and the X-Files premiere, in addition to special film series.
The theater boasts high quality projection and sound equipment, and is outfitted with leather banquettes and small tables for plates of Steak Frites, cocktails and bowls of flavored popcorns. Ticket prices are shockingly cheap, running just $3 each for single films and $5 for double features. The repertory selection will include “everyone’s favorite 80s blockbusters” and classics from across the film spectrum.
As at Nitehawk, some dishes will be available to order before and during the films, and the chef promises some themed specials to accompany specific films and event series. They’re also offering eight different flavors of gourmet popcorn and “artisanal snacks” for classic concession-style dining. In the adjoining restaurant, they’ll be serving American comfort food dishes like Popcorn-Crusted Fried Oysters, Hot Fried Chicken Sandwiches, Duck Confit Nachos and a sandwich styled after Elvis. Cocktails are themed for film, too, like the Redrum with Blackwell and Brugal rums with Cynar, Aperol, lemon and simple syrup.
Dine-in theaters are a growing trend in the city, with Nitehawk, Syndicated and the forthcoming Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn, plus a chain theater for the South Street Seaport that’s been in the works for several years. Coincidentally, Nitehawk owner Matthew Viragh purchased a Bushwick warehouse last summer that’s not far from Syndicated, though we’re told there aren’t plans for a cinema in that location.