NYC’s Nitehawk Cinema to benefit charities with special screenings of ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ ‘1984’


Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema will be one of 90 art-house theatres across the country to participate in a “National Event Day” screening of George Orwell adaptation 1984, starring John Hurt, who passed away in January. Per Nitehawk, the date for the screening—April 4—“was chosen because it’s the day George Orwell’s protagonist Winston Smith begins rebelling against his oppressive government by keeping a forbidden diary. These theaters owners also strongly believe in supporting the National Endowment for the Arts and see any attempt to scuttle that program as an attack on free speech and creative expression through entertainment. This event provides a chance for communities around the country to show their unity and have their voices heard.” And the Nitehawk is putting its money where its mouth is: a portion of ticket sales will be donated to the New York Civil Liberates Union.

If you can’t wait until April 4 to get a dose of activism-tinged movie watching, on March 15 Nitehawk hosts a special screening of Mad Max: Fury Road. Part of its Booze & Books series, the Mad Max: Fury Road screening will be presented by Nitehawk and Abrams Books, in celebration of the latter’s new book Why I March. The $30 ticket price includes a copy of the book, which is made up of images from last January’s Women’s Marches from around the world. A portion of proceeds from book and ticket sales will go to trio of non-profit organizations: the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Transgender Law Center, and The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Tickets to both screenings are available on the Nitehawk website.