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January 29, 2022 @ 10:00 am to approx. 11:30 am




THE AUTOMAT is about the phenomena of Horn & Hardart, America’s original & most beloved restaurant chain in NYC & Philadelphia showing  archival footage of old Philadelphia and NYC,

Featuring an original new song written and performed by Mel Brooks, THE AUTOMAT tells the 100-year story of the iconic restaurant chain Horn & Hardart, the inspiration for Starbucks, where generations of Americans ate and drank coffee together at communal tables. From the perspective of former customers entertainer Mel Brooks, Starbucks founder Howard Schultz, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Secretary of State Colin Powell, the Horns, the Hardarts, and key employees – we watch a business climb to its peak success and then grapple with fast food in a forever changed America.

Featuring: Mel Brooks, Elliott Gould, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Colin Powell, Carl Reiner, Wilson Goode and Howard Schultz.

Tickets:  Free to 2022 DFS members.  Non-members $12 cash at the door.

Video Review:  https://youtu.be/x_jDHe9lR8c

Covid Guidelines:  Photo ID, Proof of full vaccination including booster shot, Mandatory masks indoors, No food or beverages in the screening room .  Seating is socially distanced so please allow a two-seat buffer between parties and do not sit directly behind anyone.

Director: Lisa Hurwitz
Producers: Lisa Hurwitz, Russell Greene, Alec Shuldiner
Screenwriter: Michael Levine
Cinematographers: Sandra Chandler, Philip Lucas
Editor: Michael Levine, Russell Greene
Music: Hummie Mann
Cast: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elliott Gould, Mel Brooks, Colin Powell, Carl Reiner, Howard Schultz
Country: USA
Language: In English.
Year: 2021
Running Time: 79 minutes


January 29, 2022
10:00 am to approx. 11:30 am
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Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center
2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States


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