The New York non-profit, Rooftop Films, is now screening movies in the abandoned Atlantic Avenue subway tunnel. Bringing a new definition to the meaning of underground cinema.
Moviegoers must descend through a manhole in the middle of Atlantic Avenue to attend the screenings in Brooklyn’s underbelly. So it is recommended that attendees dress comfortably and be able to physically climb a ladder.
The abandoned Atlantic Avenue tunnel is the oldest subway tunnel in the world according to the Brooklyn Historic Railway Association, constructed in 1844. BHRA conducts tours into the tunnel on select weekends throughout the year, which is normally the only way to see it. Bob Diamond of the BHRA discovered the tunnel in 1980 and will be at the screenings to provide background information and historical anecdotes about the tunnel.
Rooftop Films first showing in the tunnel will be a series of short films on Saturday December 11th starting at 1PM. Following the screening there will be an after party at the Last Exit Bar and Lounge at 136 Atlantic Avenue where guests will be served complimentary beverages of Sailor Jerry Rum.