Nitehawk Cinema - Prospect Park

188 Prospect Park W,
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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Pavilion Theatre

Located in the Park Slope district, and built on the site of the Marathon Theatre (1908-1927). The Sanders Theatre was opened in August 1928 with 1,516 seats. The interior design was carried out in a Moorish style, and it was equipped with a Wurlitzer 2 manual 7 rank organ. It was closed in 1978, and stood unused for over a decade.

It was taken over by a new operator in September 1995, and was eventually repaired and reopened as the Pavilion Theatre in 1996, with 3-screens. By October 2004, it had been converted into a 9-screen cinema with 1,108 seats. In September 2016 plans were announced that the cinema would close in October 2016 to be converted into a 7-screen Nitehawk cinema, to be known as Nitehawk Cinema – Prospect Park. It reopened on December 19, 2018.

Contributed by John Chappell, Suzanne Moore

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markp on December 18, 2018 at 10:43 am

I don’t know. Maybe its me. I must be old school. I just don’t see the point of theatres with 48, 56, and 70 seats. Even 166. Must be like watching a large screen tv. Give me the old days. Even theatres I worked at after twinning or more still had 600, 700 seats.

digital3d on December 18, 2018 at 11:00 am

Those 48, 56 and 70 seat auditoriums here are more like standard 96, 112 and 140 theaters because the seats here have extra space in between them for the tables and servers.

See this image for instance of a new auditorium here:

BTW, four of the seven theaters here (1, 2, 4 and 6) are supposed to be have 35mm capability.

I don’t think we’ll see many new theaters with 600, 700 seat screens opening, as nice as those auditoriums are. Recliner seats and dine-in tables are taking over movie theaters. Possibly IMAX would be the only place for those kind of seat counts as they use non-reclining leather chairs for their new Laser locations.

Screen size however doesn’t necessarily suffer from lower seat count. When a 700 seat auditorium with old chairs gets converted to a 350 auditorium with recliners or dine-in tables, the screen still remains the same.

Also: this theater will be showing Mary Poppins Returns, Aquaman and Vice. Movies that Nitehawk in Williamsburg is not likely to get.

Bway on December 18, 2018 at 11:05 am

I agree and it sure is better than being gutted and converted into retail, or worse gutted and converted to luxury apartments like is happening to a few of them recently. At least this is still showing movies

markp on December 18, 2018 at 11:50 am

I agree with both of you that its a good thing its still a cinema showing movies. The other thing Im really not a fan of is the whole dine-in thing. Went to an AMC one once and that was it. AS I said Im old school, having been a projectionist now for 42 years. Im glad at least Im still called on to run 70MM once in a while.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 18, 2018 at 1:07 pm

I have to laugh at a chain like Alamo, which has a strict no talking and no texting policy, yet meanwhile there are servers running in and out of the theater throughout the feature film…!

digital3d on December 18, 2018 at 8:22 pm

Theater just opened doors, lots of people in attendance. Theater 2 has great stadium seating, other theaters don’t but very large leg room everywhere. Masking in all auditoriums, seats are comfortable. They also put an old and dusty film projector on display in auditorium 2.

ridethectrain on January 6, 2019 at 7:11 pm

The theatres are nice, theatre 6 the sighlines are poor. Theatres 1 and 2 look the best and theatre 5 has 4 long rows, close to the screen (That was the pavilion ad on theatre before it closed). I posted some photos of the auditoriums. When in theatres 4 and 6, the bathrooms are a couple of flights downstairs.

This theatre needs reserve seating, people are fighting over seats. When pictures playdate with the Alamo, the Alamo Downtown Brooklyn is the better movie theatre.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 6, 2019 at 9:07 pm

Is there any original or recreated architectural detail in any of the auditoriums?

Willburg145 on April 10, 2019 at 11:31 am

Too bad there are no photos of the old interior when it first opened

classictheaters on April 18, 2019 at 12:44 am

Went once – what a waste of time. Theaters are so small, it’s like watching your large screen TV at home. – Well – back to the Loew’s Jersey 3200 seat Palace for some classic films on that huge screen! (wish the King’s in Brooklyn would show films from time to time)

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