Cinema Series 405 is an evening with supper and a film at Area 405.

Three seasons a year, with five films per season, Area 405's weathered warehouse setting is transformed into a dining and movie-watching lounge where edifying and entertaining films are screened with a sated belly - a marvelous meal and pleasing potables precede each viewing. Menus are inspired by the night's film, and oftentimes the choice of film is influenced by a current exhibit.

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Cinema Series 405 mentioned in New York Magazine

Tickets: $15

Please note that seating is limited and that reservations are required.

Our event is BYOB. We do, however feature a libation selected to compliment the night's film, with a request for a donation.

We begin each evening with a drink and some mingling, sitting down to dine about 30 minutes later. The film begins after a brief introduction by your hosts, approximately 45 minutes from the start of dinner. Dessert is served as the final credits roll, with discussion to follow. 

Cinema Series 405 is brought to you by two friends of AREA 405 - film buffs Kim Farmer and Mark Mordhorst. (Kim cooks, Mark mixes the drinks.)



Our debut season featured some of our all-time favorite movies, but also two films to coincide with Area 405's tenth anniversary and collaboration-themed exhbit "Sweet 'Art". (Spring, Summer.. and Kitchen Stories are both from 2003 and owe their success to a particularly strong collaboration.)

The Servant (1963) & My Man Godfrey (1936)MENU: chicken curry + pearl couscous with carrots & zucchini + green salad with tarragon vinaigrette + chocolate & earl grey pot de creme

Orfeu Negro (1959)MENU: aipirinhas + empadinhas de palmito + baby kale salad, orange vinaigrette + feijoada, chimichurri, hot sauce, okra pickles, scallions, orange wedges + brazilian rice +  mango upside down cakes, banana ice cream

Knife in Water (1962)MENU: olish mules & bison grass vodka, neat + tomato-dill soup + cabbage leaves stuffed with rice, caramelized onions & bacon with mushroom sauce + cucumber pickles, pickled beets, radishes, bread & butter + cheesecake & fruit compote

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring (2003)MENU: pple-soju cocktails + sweet potato noodles with sesame & vegetables + cabbage kimchi, cubed radish kimchi, radish pickle + warm tofu with spicy sauce + korean beef bbq with lettuce, mango, sesame & sprouts + mandarin orange & candied ginger ice cream, five spice caramel, coconut-black sesame macaroons

Kitchen Stories (2003): MENU: logg, akevitt + creamed pickled herring, gravlaks, hard-boiled eggs, norwegian meatballs, jarlsberg cheese, rye crispbread, norwegian mountain bread, swedish cucumbers + fiskesuppe + norwegian birthday cake, coffee


Pondering the theme, "A Woman is a Woman" (apologies to Monsieur Godard), we set out to explore the many facets, temperaments, and stereotypes of the female sex. With five films (two of which were born of a women's pen) we watched heroines, villainesses, innocents, mistresses, sisters and mothers battle with men, memories, humanity, love, power, and circumstance. We were also treated to five dazzling performances from five exemplary acting talents.

Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959): MENU: Salade Hiroshima-Nevers (romaine, tea-smoked chicken, crispy pork belly, asian pear, pickled plum, ume vinaigrette), Miso-ginger Consomme with Mushrooms, Steamed Egg Custards with Shrimp and Flowering Chives, Fuji Apple Tarte Tatin. 

The Little Foxes (1941): MENU: Chicken Fricassée with Black-Eyed Peas and Spinach, Dill-Buttermilk Biscuits, Assorted Pickled Vegetables, Lemon Chess Pie, Mint Juleps

Nights of Cabiria (1957): MENU: Grilled Italian Sausages, Grilled Ciabatta with Grilled Vegetables & Roman Cheeses, Romaine dressed with Balsamic Vinegar & Olive Oil, Black-Bottom Coffee & Caramel Custards, Almond Biscotti

Eva (1962): MENU: Fried Fish Crocchetta, Salad of Shaved Asparagus, Peas &amp; Arugula, Clams &amp; Pasta in Tomato-Fennel Broth, Green Olive Gremolata, Garlic Bread, Tiramisu

Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967): MENU:Shrimp Butter Toasts, Fried Chicken, Carolina Cole Slaw, Pimento Macaroni & Cheese, Pecan-Bourbon Bread Pudding, Peach Ice Cream


A favorite theme among filmmakers –most often in the context of sex- obsession in our Fall 2013 series takes on dimensions of revenge, compulsion, lust, fanaticism, megalomania, hebephilia, and violence. Join us for five films of most lurid subject matter, and satisfy the guilty pleasure of pulp.

Lolita (1962): MENU: vichyssoise, parsley pistou, crudités, sauce louis, french onion burgers (onion confit and gruyère), cherry pie à la mode

Cape Fear (1962): MENU: baby kale salad, soft-cooked egg, spicy roasted pork, hoppin john, benne seed pound cake, caramelized pears

Eyes without a Face (1960): MENU: salade verte, bouef bourguignon, pommes de terre persillées, mousse au chocolat torte

Fitzcarraldo (1982): MENU: salad of jicama, mango & apple, sweet potato spaetzle, roast chicken, tamarind citrus sauce, chocolate & banana strudel, avocado ice cream

King of Comedy (1982): MENU: (Ode to Sardi's): antipasto, cannelloni au gratin with sauce supreme (1. beef & mushroom 2. spinach & ricotta), boccone dolce (“sweet mouthful” of meringue, cream, chocolate & berries)