A Brief History of Midnight at Nitehawk Cinema

June 1st 2018 - August 18th 2018

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All summer long, Nitehawk traces the beginnings of the classic Midnight Movie and positions a new crop of films as the next “Midnite” generation.

Born in canvas carnival tents and the independant roadshow circuit of the 20th century, the Midnight Movie flourished once it found a permanent home in downtown New York City. The combination of brave filmmakers, a group of theaters (The Elgin, St Marks, The Waverly, 8th Street Playhouse), and a daring audience came together to create this completely new form of movie-going. Eventually, this movement spread nationwide and inspired the next wave of late-nite auteurs who continue to defy convention.

This twenty film series celebrates the older classics and considers new ones because the Midnight Movie isn’t just a film to watch but a shared experience that should continue to flourish in the cinema.

Films: ERASERHEAD; DONNIE DARKO; THE BOXER’S OMEN; FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!; THE LOVE WITCH; PINK FLAMINGOS; DRIVE; FIVE DEADLY VENOMS; HOLY MOTORS; EL TOPO; A FIELD IN ENGLAND; THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE; HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES; THE HARDER THEY COME; AMER; PARANORMAL ACTIVITY; THE TRIP; UNDER THE SKIN; THE RAID; and Werner Herzog’s NOSFERATU.

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