The Last Blintz

 

Philadelphia Premierethe-last-blintz-hr-pic-1
Date:
Sunday, November 13
Time:
 11:00 AM
Location: 
The Gershman Y

Director: Dori Berinstein
Genre: Documentary Short
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Running Time: 25 min
Language: English

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In THE LAST BLINTZ, the imminent closing of a historic cafe in New York City’s theater district compels its loyal clientele to create a petition to save it.

Historic Cafe Edison, located in the former ballroom of Hotel Edison on West 47th Street, has been a culinary staple in NYC’s Theater District for the past 32 years. When the original owners of the cafe and hotel (both Holocaust survivors) made a pact to keep Cafe Edison open as long as the Strohl family was willing to run it, their handshake meant their word. Now, with gentrification, and the value of Times Square real estate mounting, the current owners of Hotel Edison are prepared to trade in their beloved neighborhood cafe for an upscale, five-star restaurant.

Official Selection at AFI Docs, THE LAST BLINTZ offers an emotional look at one of the last vestiges of old New York, while examining the cultural and social implications of relinquishing America’s cultural and historic markers.

Special Event: Film includes Berlin-inspired Continental breakfast

[Screened with CAFÉ NAGLER]