Pavilion Theatre

188 Prospect Park West,
Park Slope,
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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Bway on May 26, 2009 at 8:57 am

Great photo. Thanks.

dizdi on March 1, 2009 at 5:13 am

I remember this theater lying fallow for so many years. My dad told me he used to sell newspapers outside this theater when he was a kid. I’m so glad they were able to bring it back.

Bway on May 29, 2008 at 8:04 am

Wow, that is a fantastic photo.

mp775 on March 25, 2008 at 8:29 am

The Sanders on October 20, 1973. Enter the Dragon and Dracula 72 A.D. were playing.

Bway on March 19, 2007 at 4:24 am

Did this theater have double balconies when it was one theater? How is it layed out now that they have nine?

BTW, The Pavilion is shown in a new article at Forgotten NY:

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frankie on September 5, 2006 at 5:43 am

It’s hard to explain ! It’s like a Rubik’s Cube ! This was always my neighborhood theater, and I’m delighted to report that the last 2 times I went, the movies were well attended, and the audience was SILENT !!! The one big theater is delightful, but some of the others are pretty tight. I’m just grateful to be able to walk to the movies once again, long after the days when I came here to a single theater to see “Living It Up” and “Bells Are Ringing.” It’s a beautiful location right on the park, with several eating places right nearby. Life is good ! Come and enjoy !

ridethectrain on August 26, 2006 at 3:59 pm

Does anyone know how the theatre is layed out. Which screens are downstairs and which are upstairs.

Did they ever put a elevator in the complex.

When I was last their in 1996, screens 1,2, 6 and 7 were on the main level and 3,4 and 5 were upstairs. When was the two added screens added to.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on August 20, 2006 at 5:17 am

I remember passing this place in about 1989 and thinking that it would probably never be used as a theatre again.

How amazing to learn that it not only still stands but has been successfully rehabbed and reopened!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 14, 2006 at 3:53 am

The New York Post – online edition, lists it as ‘The Pavilion’

The Big Screen Cinema Guide (online), lists it as ‘Access Digital Theatres-Pavilion Cinema’

ridethectrain on July 4, 2006 at 11:49 am


frankie on March 6, 2006 at 10:04 am

I live ten or fifteen minutes from this theater, and a friend tells me it may be closing. Anybody else know anything about this ?

hardbop on April 18, 2005 at 1:53 pm

Is there a listing for the Pavilion Brooklyn Heights?

DougDouglass on January 24, 2005 at 3:55 am

Today’s New York Post reports The Pavilion will become the city’s first theatre with all-digital capability this Spring.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 13, 2004 at 4:16 pm

The architect of the 1928 built Sanders was Edward Kleinert. It originally had a seating capacity of 1,501. The original architectural style of the interior was Middle Eastern and it had a Wurlitzer 2 Manual/7 Rank (Opus 1816) theatre pipe organ installed, which was removed many years ago.

AdkNorth on October 8, 2004 at 9:40 pm

It is certainly nice to have one of our neighborhood theatres still standing, but I’ve always thought the chop job on this building was cramped and ridiculous – eight screens where there was one. Anyhow, nice to have it, but it freaks me out in a fire-trap sort of way. There’s really very little left of the interior. I think most of us can usually figure out “what was where” in these old theatres, but this place is tough. Every inch of this building is being used as something. I go here now and then, but more often I find myself at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Rose Cinemas – chopped up, but not as severe and they really managed to retain a great deal of the building’s integrity.

jays on March 17, 2004 at 11:15 pm

this theatre is beautiful as far as modern multiplexes go. It’s very clean and intimate when it first opened I saw “Seige” in theatre 1 which was big and (I know i’m a bit obsessive with this) but the curtains even closed which no longer exists in Brooklyn I can vouch for that, but that quickly changed when they added 2 more cinemas in the complex going from 6 to 8 screens it still was a large cinema with the conversion a modern multiplex nicely done.

philipgoldberg on November 12, 2002 at 2:23 pm

This theater building stands on the site of the former one-story Sanders Theater, which was razed in the 1920’s to construct this much more opulent movie house. Also, after the Sanders closed in the late ‘70s, it remained vacant for over 20 years, as various plans were hatched as to what to do with it. They ranged from turning it into a co-op to splitting the building into two halves. The bottom portion being a hardware store, and the balcony turned into a twin cinema. RKO Century looked at it during this “closed” period and thought it not wide enough to convert into a quad so they scrapped their plans. Yet the new owners have had little problem transforming the building into a very popular eightplex.