While many were excited to learn that the owner of beloved Williamsburg movie theater Nitehawk, Roland Reelman, was buying commercial space off the Jefferson stop, the news that he will not be using the space as an extension of the theater has come as a startling blow to many Bushwickians.
“I’ve thought about expanding for a long time, but I don’t really think Bushwick is the place to do it. These people’s lives are too cinematic already. The drinking, the drugs–it’s a town filled with Amy Winehouses.”
It’s true that Hollywood has been knocking on Bushwick’s door quite frequently lately. Between Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young and a show called Dumpster Thriving filming off Montrose, everyone seems to want to model their entertaining narratives off of the Bushwick experience–thus Reelman feels there’s no need for a theater because “residents already live in their own movie.” Reelman added, “Plus, I really don’t trust Bushwickians to control their alcohol intake during a movie and show the film the respect it deserves.”
Written by Genna Rivieccio