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That would certainly explain why the restaurant next door has never been replaced. While I don’t particularly begrudge them wanting to build something there, the architectural renderings here look like more of the same ugly futurist condos that have been popping up all over Park Slope.
As for the Pavilion itself, I wish they would reopen the cafe! I wish a lot of things, really, but that one seems like it could be a real boon given the current state of the neighborhood. But alas, they’d rather just have more overpriced condos.
These guys are running a Kickstarter that ends January 2.
There are at least 16 seats inside (possibly 18) as seen in the last photo here.
According to Guinness, “The smallest purpose-built cinema is the Cabiria Cine-Cafe which measures 24 m² (258.3 ft²) and has a seating capacity of 18. It was built by Renata Carneiro Agostinho da Silva (Brazil) in Brasilia DF, Brazil in 2008.”
I’m not finding it here in the database. Is is under another name, or do we need to make a submission?
Based on the bottom photo here, the the Bijou may have 18 seats, though 2 can’t be seen so it could be 16:
Lee Avenue and General Lee Avenue are the same thing on-base, it’s really about how much they feel like squeezing onto the street signs (take a look at the Google Maps, parts of it are just labeled “Lee Avenue”). If you really want to get pedantic, it’s actually “General Robert E. Lee Avenue”. However, it is absolutely correct that the Street View is absolutely wrong.
If they’re showing both 2D and 3D, are they actually going to take the 3D lens off before 3D showings? (apparently many theaters do not) Deathly Hallows is going to be plenty dark without a misplaced 3D lens making it darker.
Though this theater is generally nothing remarkable, one thing I’ve come to appreciate is the how the staff paints the front doors for big “event” movies. I think they’ve been doing this for about two years now; I remember the glass doors displaying the logo for one of the Twilight movies, they decorated them with logos and characters for Toy Story 3, and over the weekend I noticed the doors were done up for Transformers 3. The outer doors had the Transformers logo (which you can kind of see in the photo I took) while the inner doors had some renderings of characters like Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (I didn’t get a chance to take pictures of those, unfortunately).
Bway: Queens is broken down by the post office in that manner because the post office designations predate Queens' incorporation as a borough of New York: most of those neighborhoods were separate villages with their own postmaster prior to becoming part of NYC, while Brooklyn and New York (Manhattan) were already unified cities onto themselves with one postmaster each.
I lived across the street from this theater for 11 years, from 1987-1998.
Second-run movies were shown on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. There was one showing a day, at 7:30pm (though they occasionally had a matinee screening Saturday morning for children’s films). Sometimes they would show the same movie two days in a row, depending on popularity. G-rated films were shown on Fridays, R-rated movies were usually reserved for Sunday evenings. The theater was not well-cleaned over the weekend, so it would get pretty messy by Sunday. The theater usually put out a flyer every month detailing the movie (and other events) schedule for the month; the front was laid out in a calendar format while the back eventually featured descriptions for each film.
There is a box office but I’ve only ever seen it used once or twice; instead the staff member on duty rolled a cash register out into the lobby and took cash at the door. I don’t remember the exact ticket prices, but it in the range of $2-4, with reduced prices for kids. I don’t think they checked IDs for R-rated movies; I remember seeing a few R-rated movies like Face/Off by myself or with my younger brother.
There was no snack counter; on the right side of the lobby there was a soda machine and 1-2 snack machines, along with a change machine. My father had a popcorn popper, so he would usually fill a gallon Ziploc bag with fresh popcorn that we could take with us.
As a mixed-use theater that also hosted concerts and other performances, the Fort Hamilton theater had a full stage with a curtain. The curtain was usually closed and would be opened at the start of the show, and the screen also had to be lowered down.
Like most other theaters, they showed trailers before the main feature, for films that would be shown at the theater in the coming months. The trailers were bookended by the Star-Spangled Banner and the AAFES theater welcome announcement. The anthem was accompanied by footage of troops and vehicles in action, both combat and non-combat scenarios. The film changed a handful of times while I lived there, with a new recording of the anthem and the footage decidedly less aggressive (or so it seemed, I remember films that were heavier on shots of West Point graduations and female technicians working at a console as opposed to shots of tanks rolling over ridges and troops firing weapons).
The AAFES announcement was the standard “the exits are located on the left side of the theater, please throw out your trash, and smoking is not permitted in this auditorium” type of stuff.
The theater sometimes held other events during the week or on weekends; these occasions were pretty rare. If there was an event on a Saturday or Sunday, the movie showing for that night was almost always cancelled. Every year the theater held a holiday concert featuring (I think) the 26th Army Band.
The back of the theater faced Sterling Drive (south) and was used as an office for Americable, the cable provider for Fort Hamilton and many other military installations. They don’t seem to exist anymore (except in Japan). The office was pretty small, with a single door leading into a tiny room containing a counter on the left side, and a door straight ahead leading into what was presumably some kind of “back office” (probably the dressing rooms for the theater). Being right across the street was definitely handy at times, as whenever something was wrong with the cable, my mother would just send me over there to complain in person!
They’re currently doing some sort of construction there: the bottom floors are closed and customers have to take a series of escalators to the third (or was it fourth?) floor to even reach a box office. The rest of the theater is blocked off with partitions. The entrance to the building itself is a bit hard to find; the outside is blocked off with Regal-marked wooden partitions that point in the general direction of the entrance but it’s easy to miss.
We went there on a Thursday evening and the place was dead; the staff didn’t even bother taking our tickets.
This is a Best Buy now.