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. THE AUTOMAT is a lovely and entertaining documentary film about the phenomena of Horn & Hardart, America’s original & most beloved restaurant chain in NYC & Philadelphia. The film received a 98% Rotten Tomatoes rating

  • Ron Barrett, Mel Brooks, Lorraine Diehl
  • Lisa Hurwitz
  • Michael Levine
  • 120 minutes
  • Not Rated
  • Director, Lisa Hurwitz, will do a virtual Q&A after the film.
    Presented with The JCC.

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About Kan-Kan Cinema and Brasserie

An arthouse cinema. A European-inspired restaurant. A neighborhood gathering place. A home for film-lovers, food-lovers and community-seekers, in Windsor Park, just northeast of downtown Indianapolis.