Summer Film Series: The Automat

7:00pm, Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Whittier Theatre
THE AUTOMAT is our completed documentary film about the phenomena of Horn & Hardart, America’s original & most beloved restaurant chain in NYC & Philadelphia.

Synopsis: Featuring an original new song written and performed by Mel Brooks, THE AUTOMAT tells the 100-year story of the iconic restaurant chain Horn & Hardart, the inspiration for Starbucks, where generations of Americans ate and drank coffee together at communal tables. From the perspective of former customers entertainer Mel Brooks, Starbucks founder Howard Schultz, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Secretary of State Colin Powell, the Horns, the Hardarts, and key employees - we watch a business climb to its peak success and then grapple with fast food in a forever changed America.

Featuring: Mel Brooks, Elliott Gould, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Colin Powell, Carl Reiner, Wilson Goode and Howard Schultz.

Director & Producer, Lisa Hurwitz

Written & Edited by Michael Levine

This film is unrated; may contain adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film.

This is a Pay-What-You-Can event. Tickets are sold at the door on the day of the show. No advanced tickets are being sold for this event.

FREE popcorn will be available at the screening.
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