Travel back in time to experience a unique piece of America's history: Dining at THE AUTOMAT

Americans once sipped coffee and ate pie around communal tables, sharing their struggles and dreams with strangers at Horn & Hardart’s iconic Automat. Lifetimes ago, these working-class palaces nourished a sense of unity that bridged the diversity of class, language, gender and race in the urban melting pots of the East Coast. Kings of the New York and Philly restaurant scenes, the Automats fed  millions throughout the Depression and two World Wars, serving all comers in palaces of marble, silver and steel. Good food served cheap and the enduring thrill of the automat machines themselves wins the Automat a place in our culture and hearts alike. More than just entertainment, THE AUTOMAT is a parable of how we once dined happily together before turning to the isolated and unhappy experience offered by fast food, a bad deal that no amount of advertising can disguise.

Film is sponsored by Congregation Sharah Zedek. 

In-person viewing on Thursday, June 2, United Theatre in Westerly, RI: Reception, 6:00 pm, Screening: 7:00 pm