The newly opened Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, combines modern architecture by Caliper Studio, with repurposed and vintage interiors by RePOP. The Brooklyn-based companies are innovative in their own right, but working in tandem, they have created a truly unique three-screen cinema with a street-level restaurant.
Caliper Studio’s firm has an in-house 7,000-square-foot metal fabrication shop where they are able to apply cutting-edge fabrication techniques specifically aimed towards the design sensibility of each project. Caliper created Nitehawk Cinema’s attractive zinc facade which features a natural patina and an irregular array of cast glass disks illuminated from behind with LED lights. RePOP worked closely with Nitehawk’s owner and Caliper to create an environment fitting in with a first-run independent movie house offering a curated entertainment of film, food and drinks. Each theater features retro theater seats with a unique table design aimed at making the ordering and consuming of food while watching the movie easier (yes, you can have table-side food service while watching the movies!). RePOP’s attention to detail is noticeable everywhere, from the carefully repurposed light fixtures, to the bar seats and to the reclaimed marquee that decorates the bar on the second floor.
Considering Williamsburg has had a ridiculous shortage of movie theaters, it is a relief that Nitehawk Cinema was worth the wait. The converted warehouse instantly makes you feel at home, and whether you feel like seeing a film or not—the food is fantastic. Nitehawk’s executive chef, Saul Bolton, opened up the eponymous restaurant on Smith Street ten years ago with his wife Lisa. SAUL became one of only three Brooklyn restaurants to receive a Michelin star. Bolton’s latest claim to fame is beating Bobby Flay on the Food Network’s “Throwdown with Bobby Flay.”