Two things that go hand in hand are independent cinema and a cold glass of Stella Artois. Seriously, the Belgian beer is everywhere that indie film is, seemingly sponsoring every film festival and event and advertising at every arthouse movie theater across the U.S.. So it made sense that this was one of the two beers on tap at NYC's new reRun Gastropub Theater when I checked out the space last week for a press screening of Audrey the Trainwreck. The film makes its New York premiere there this Friday when reRun, which is located in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn, opens to the public.

While the choice of beer wasn't much of a surprise, it was out of the ordinary to be comfortably and legally enjoying an alcoholic beverage while watching a movie in a New York City cinema. There is technically a law against serving booze in movie theaters that stems from an ancient Broadway lobby (as in political lobby, not theater lobby), but while this makes it currently impossible for an Alamo Drafthouse franchise to open up anywhere in the state, places like the reRun, which is a part of a larger establishment called reBar, can operate as substitutes given that they're bars that show movies rather than cinemas that serve liquor.

"We're not really a movie theater," claims reBar and now reRun owner/founder Jason Stevens in an email to Cinematical. "We serve alcohol just up to and just after the films, but don't serve during the actual movie itself because it's rude to the filmmakers who will often be there -(noise, getting up and down, etc.)."
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