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NYC's best movie screenings with benefits

Written by
Marissa Conrad

Everyone loves seeing a movie, but if you're after more than just a straight up screening—say, an accompanying musical performance, trivia or a special feast—these are the events for you.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas
Ogle Rocky’s gold briefs onscreen—and off—as a props-wielding cast shadows the iconic film. Be prepared to sing along! Bow Tie Chelsea; Fri, Sat at midnight. $14.50.

Film Feasts at Nitehawk Cinema 
Brewers and local chefs serve six courses during scenes that inspired them, such as the White Russian–spiked stout created for a screening of The Big Lebowski. Up next: cult classic Wet Hot American Summer. Bug juice, anyone? Nitehawk Cinema, Williamsburg; July 16.

Stuff your face at Habana Outpost 
Cap off a Sunday bender with a Cuban sandwich and a chill flick on the outdoor patio of this Fort Greene spot. In the past, it has projected Top Gun, West Side Story, The Princess Bride and The BodyguardHabana Outpost, Fort Greene; Sun 8pm; free. May schedule TBA.

Monday Movie Nights at Huckleberry Bar
Free popcorn and two-for-one drinks, plus Gouda-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon and braised short-rib sandwiches? Yes please! The next movie on deck: Big Trouble in Little China on Monday 27. Huckleberry Bar, Williamsburg; Mon 9pm; free.

SummerScreen in McCarren Park 
Sets from local bands accompany sunset movie screenings, with food and drink vendors like Pizza Moto, Coolhaus and Sixpoint Brewery. To celebrate its 10th year, the series is airing its best flicks, including Dazed and Confused, Dirty Dancing and Jurassic ParkMcCarren Park; Wed 6pm; free. July 8–Aug 12.

Trivia at Rockbar 
A movie, trivia and flip cup fill out your evening at this West Village gay spot where you can win $25 for booze (if you’re good at esoteric knowledge or fratty drinking games). Rockbar, West Village; Tue 6pm; free.

Live music at Spectacle Theater 
Silent films, cult gems and experimental newbies are screened each month with live music from underground artists. Spectacle Theater, Williamsburg; $5.

Low Standards at Videology 
Each month, Upright Citizens Brigade’s John Murray and Matt Fisher invite their comedian pals to chat about a film they freakin’ adore, complete with clips. Videology also has Sci-Fi Sundays each week, which include trivia and cocktail specials. Videology, Williamsburg; Thu 23 at 9pm; free.

Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton at Avery Fisher Hall 
An orchestra and full choir perform soundtrack faves like Batman, Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice, with clips and sketches narrated by Burton himself. Buy tickets now—the London and L.A. runs sold out fast. Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza; Various times; $65–$250. July 6–12.

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