Nitehawk Cinema has been in the news a bunch lately. The Journal ($$) had a piece the other day, followed by Curbed (“finally opening soon”) and now the Brooklyn Paper. The project has been development for ages (I think the residential development was originally approved as a variance prior to the 2005 rezoning), and the Brooklyn Paper reports that the most recent delays in finishing it were due to financing problems that arose in (surprise, surprise) 2008. I have also heard that the table-service-at-a-movie-theater concept took a long time to get approved. The model – popular in the south (I first came across it in Tennessee, where you can get a pitcher of beer while you watch a movie) – apparently did not mesh well with NY liquor laws.
But all those problems have apparently been resolved, and now the lights are on (literally – go by at night and check out the light up facade) and the place is ready to open.