Lonely Planet Writer

Bye Netflix, this new dine-in movie theatre in Brookyln makes us want to leave our couch

Date night has never been this easy with dinner, movie and drinks all happening simultaneously in the same spot.

Serving staff move about the theatre during the movie
Serving staff move about the theatre during the movie

A New York film fanatic is attempting to break the increasingly popular ‘Netflix and chill’ habit by luring people from their couch to catch a movie by serving food and drink in his boutique cinema. Tim Chung opened the doors to his independent Brooklyn cinema ‘Syndicated’ earlier this year and ever since, the small 50-seater theatre has become one of the hottest tickets in the hipster haven of Bushwick.

Prices for food served starts at $3.
Prices for food served starts at $3.

With prices for shows starting at just $3, the dine in movie theatre has become as popular as Nitehawk, which famously became the first New York City theatre to serve food and alcohol whilst showing a movie in 2011.

Serving staff move about the theatre during the movie, allowing customers perched at small tables on leather seats to order a drink or a bite to eat before, during and after the show.

"You can order eat and drink as you watch all from the comfort of your (leather) seat."
“You can order eat and drink as you watch all from the comfort of your (leather) seat.”

The movie theatre, which also has a bar and restaurant on site, boasts that it features a ‘large dining area with a diverse menu of small and large plates’. Their website reads:  ‘We offer a utensil free menu during all of our screenings so you can order eat and drink as you watch all from the comfort of your seat.’

Better than nachos? Food served at Syndicated.
Better than nachos? Food served at Syndicated.

The classic films which are shown on the 280″ screen are curated by staff and amongst this week’s offerings there is ‘South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut’ as well as ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ and ‘The Iron Giant’. Chung, who previously worked as a film location scout, recently told the New York Times that there is now ‘less and less reason to go out and see a movie’.

Inside Syndicated, "We are trying to offer people more reasons to leave their couch."
Inside Syndicated, “We are trying to offer people more reasons to leave their couch.”

‘Everything is available everywhere now, at all times.  So we are trying to offer people more reasons to leave their couch.’ Some of the treats served inside the theatre includes traditional cinema fare like popcorn, as well as homemade corn dogs, loaded tater-tots, beers and cocktails.

Count us in.