THE AUTOMAT – Review by Jennifer Merin

Lisa Hurwitz’s documentary, The Automat, will whet your appetite for a stroll down nostalgia lane and, at the same time, make you crave a slice of apple pie. The Automat is, of course, Horn & Hardart, one of the most popular and successful restaurant chains in US history and, alas, no longer in business to provide high quality, deliciously prepared and amazingly affordable food to 500,000 patrons per day.

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THE AUTOMAT – Review by Loren King

The Automat is irresistible for anyone who relishes images of old New York, dining history, art deco style and an honest cup of coffee. That it pours from a European-inspired spigot just adds to the appeal of Lisa Hurwitz’s The Automat, an entertaining and nostalgic look at the once wildly popular eateries with their glass, chrome and marble interiors founded in 1902 by Joe Horn and Frank Hardart.

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THE AUTOMAT – Review by Leslie Combemale

The new documentary release The Automat teaches many things about the power of nostalgia, the history of New York City, the benevolence of companies long gone, and the egalitarianism of a 5 cent cup of coffee, but before all else, it teaches audiences that Mel Brooks has been and always will be a force.

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THE AUTOMAT – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

I was happy to breeze through memory lane as I watched Lisa Hurwitz’s doc The Automat, which digs deep into Horn and Hardart cafeteria chain. There is something delicious about learning how these art-deco emporiums welcomed one and all, rich or poor, White or Black, male or female, even if they were homeless and simply used a cup to make a condiment soup with mustard and ketchup.

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