Reading Town Square

Tuesday, March 1, 2022


Reading Town Square Cinema

Auditorium 14

Cinema Chat & Introduction: 15 min. prior to screening

On Screen: 4:30pm

Discussion Follows Screening

""""""""Joyous and a hoot to Watch"""""""" ― Pete Hammond, Deadline

""""""""Beguiling"""""""" ― Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

""""""""Boasts unmistakable charms"""""""" ― Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter


Horn & Hardant's Automats served 800,000 people a day for nearly a century in New York and Philadelphia, from the middle and upper echelons of society to people who may not have been welcome in other restaurants: immigrants, the working-class, Blacks and single women.

With gleaming white marble floors, walls and polished brass, the Automats welcomed anybody with at least a nickel in their pockets to put in a slot, and the little glass door would open to release the customer's pick, be it a slice of pie, macaroni & cheese, or a salisbury steak. This film is an endearing first-time look into one of the most successful business ventures of its time through the eyes of those touched by their experiences. THE AUTOMOAT is produced and directed by Lisa Hurwitz, who will be joining us for this presentation.

Running Time: 79 Minutes. Not Rated.

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