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Portland Press Herald Features Preview Screening of The Automat

News & PressMarch 13, 2019

Press Herald Food Editor Peggy Grodinsky profiled the Festival’s March 10 preview screening of The Automat, a documentary at that tells the story o Horn & Hardart, the innovative and  beloved 20th-century restaurant. Read the entire article here.


The story of [Horn & Hardart’s] rise and fall mirrors American history – the rise of the office worker, the rise of women, our love of efficiency and novelty (you put a nickel in a slot and removed your food from a vending machine), the impact of the Depression (the prices at H&H were famously reasonable for famously good food), the labor movement and the growth of fast food…