North Brooklyn is a hub for film. There are countless big name shows and movies shot and produced here, production design warehouses dot the industrial backstreets of the neighborhood, plus there are giant soundstages, and we have some pretty significant annual film festivals held here. And of course, we’ve got a small handful of quirky indie cinemas in the ‘nabe too: Film Noir (122 Meserole St), Light Industry (155 Freeman Street), the soon-to-be-opened Stuart Cinema & Cafe (West Street & Milton), Videology (308 Bedford Ave), Syndicated (40 Bogart St), and Spectacle Theater (124 S 3rd St) in South Williamsburg.
Spectacle is run entirely by volunteers, and shows rare cinematic gems, often with live scores, interactive performances and filmmaker appearances. It’s BYO-snacks and very DIY, and they keep ticket prices real with most screenings costing only $5.
They’ve just launched a fundraiser to purchase a new projector, as their old one sings its swan song. They write:
Please consider making a donation of any amount to help maintain the theater’s infrastructure and continuing ability to bring the weird to Williamsburg and Brooklyn. But the good weird, not the current “is this an outdoor mall now?” weird.
Here’s where you can donate to help them out and continue to support their mission of bringing unusual and rare films to Williamsburg at an affordable price. Or, you can purchase a year-long membership for $100 to access all their screenings.
All this weekend (7/14-15), they are showing public access films produced by the 1970s UFO cult Unarius, led by Archangel Uriel (Ruth Norman). The films featured elaborately trippy rainbow glittery costumes and will bring you on a psychic voyage to discover how Martians lived out their lives in peace in harmony. Tix and info here! Film screenings plus Q&A with Unariuns, filmmakers and workshops all weekend.