The Automat

MKE Film Festival

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Iconic, elegant, and populist all at once, the Automat revolutionized American dining a century ago. An eclectic mix of urbanites inserted nickels into slots, and a slice of lemon meringue pie or creamed spinach magically appeared. Mel Brooks, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Colin Powell, Carl Reiner, and others pay effusive tribute in interviews which, alongside a collage of rare artifacts, images, and memorabilia, create a love letter to this marvel of food technology and social unity. Preceded by A SLICE SO NICE (Dir. Arthur Nienhuis)


About Milwaukee Film

Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences. We operate the magnificent Oriental Theatre, a historic cinema palace committed to high-quality and accessible film and education programming. Since 2009, the annual Milwaukee Film Festival has brought together film fans and filmmakers to celebrate the power of cinema. Our education programs and Cultures and Communities platform provide avenues toward making our community a more empathetic and equitable place for everyone to live.

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