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Subscribers can view in-cinema on Wednesday, March 16. You will receive an email with instructions to reserve your seat.

Subscribers can view online from Thursday, March 17 to Sunday, March 20. During this time, the film will be available on the watch.hotdocs.ca portal. Please sign in with your email and password.


Before fast food, there was Horn & Hardart—a cafeteria-style restuarant chain where generations of Americans gathered to eat and drink. Bolstered by never-before-seen archival footage, former customers, like Mel Brooks, Elliott Gould, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Colin Powell, Carl Reiner, and Howard Schultz, as well as former employees, share their experiences and the 100-year history of these iconic eateries. Chock-full of nostalgia, humour and a little melancholy, The Automat also includes a new original song written and performed by Mel Brooks.

Includes a post-screening Q&A with director Lisa Hurwitz.

Credits

  • Director(s)

    • Lisa Hurwitz