Williamsburg Cinema premieres with first screenings

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It’s the premiere of the biggest blockbuster of the holiday film season: Williamsburg’s brand new multiplex.

The much-anticipated Williamsburg Cinemas is making its debut today after prolonged delays in production, giving North Brooklyn film-goers the ability to see Hollywood’s biggest hits without hopping on a Manhattan-bound L train.

The seven-screen, 1000-seat movie hub on the corner of Grand Street and Driggs Avenue will show “The Hobbit” and “Life of Pi” in 3D, as well as “Lincoln,” beginning at 1 pm.

The masterminds behind the Williamsburg Cinemas can’t wait to dim the lights.

“We are pretty excited,” said owner Andrew Elgart, whose father, Harvey Elgart, owns the long-running Cobble Hill Cinemas on Court Street and Kew Gardens Cinemas in Queens. “We’re looking forward to seeing how the neighborhood responds.”

Elgart is expecting good reviews.

“I can’t imagine people not loving the place,” he said. “It’s spacious, there are amazing screens, and the sound and picture are fantastic.”

Elgart said the three-story theatre, which will screen an array of major studio films as well as a mix of indie and art flicks, is equipped with a 7.1 Dolby Digital surround sound system, stadium-like plush seating, and all the standard movie-theatre concession favorites.

“It will be a great place to watch a movie,” said the film man, who added that the sole reason he decided to build a new cineplex in the neighborhood is because the artsy area lacks sufficient silver screen access.

Williamsburg is home to the smaller dinner-and-a-movie joint the Nitehawk Cinema on Metropolitan Avenue, which shows some big hits alongside indies and popular one-off showings of classics, as well as IndieScreen, which lives up to its name by showing unique independent films.

Neighborhood movie buffs are itching to get in line Wednesday for a feature film in the theater, where adult tickets go for $11, matinee tickets cost $8, and 3D flicks carry a $2 surcharge.

And they hope the Williamsburg Cinemas hopes fill the void left in the community when the Commodore Theatre closed in 2002 and was subsequently torn down.

“I’m super excited! I can’t wait,” said life-long Williamsburg resident Luis Alberto, who lives on N. Fifth and Roebling streets, just three blocks away from the multiplex. “It’s nice to have a cinema that’s going to play mainstream box-office films.”

Williamsburg Cinemas [217 Grand St. near Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 302–3422,].

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at
Updated 5:37 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

VoiceOfVerdad from wan wan too wan wan says:
Popcorn "butter" doubles as an excellent beard oil.
Dec. 19, 2012, 1:43 pm
The Art of Brooklyn from Kings County says:
Congrats to Williamsburg Cinemas on their debut! Here's to many years of giving Brooklynites a great movie-going experience.

Speaking of Brooklyn and film, submissions for the 2013 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival are open and accepting entries from Brooklyn-born, Brooklyn-based and Brooklyn-centric films and filmmakers.

For info and to submit:!aobff/cz4i
Dec. 19, 2012, 1:53 pm
"Interloper" from Kent Ave says:
Lights! Camera! Cue the annoying "old time Brooklyn" residents complaining about how something like this has "ruined Brooklyn".

C'mon Swamp Yankee I know you're just chomping at the bit on this one...
Dec. 19, 2012, 1:57 pm
Hipster Replacement Surgery from Williamsburg says:
Congrats, finally a place to watch first runs since the closing of the Commodore and Chopin. Pretty soon I won't need an excuse to visit the city.
Dec. 19, 2012, 3:35 pm
Visitor says:
Don't forget bedbug repellent!
Dec. 19, 2012, 6:56 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
Union staffing re IA local 4?
Dec. 19, 2012, 11:29 pm
CP from Williamsburg, Bklyn, NY says:
Its about time a beautiful theater like this is opened in Williamsburg. This will certainly be the place to see all the Blockbusters instead of taking the subway to NYC. Thanks
Dec. 20, 2012, 9:59 am
Sheila Bernard from Cobble Hill says:
We are long time movie goers at Conble Hill Cinemas. We enjoy the somewhat tattered old time theater and moreover the first run and sometimes indie movies offered at this venue.
However in the last month or so our family and friends have gone several times to Cobble Hill Theater only to find that the movies viewed were under stress , dim lighting, low- auditory sound.
When staff was alerted, they did nothing except suggesting we contact the owner(s) but gave us a nonexistent email address!! I hope the owners see this and rectify this serious problem. Customers have left the theater asking for their money back . This notification is an alert to owners Andrew and Harvel Elbart.
Dec. 3, 2016, 11:56 am

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