Pavilion Theatre

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

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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.

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Ed Miller
Ed Miller on July 19, 2014 at 8:30 pm

It would be nice if Cinema Treasures cross-referenced this as the Sanders, so that users wouldn’t have to go to the trouble of leaving this site and going to Google.

rasLXR on July 21, 2014 at 4:12 am

Many theatres have had previous names some of them many previous name therefore it would be difficult to list theatres by all their names, even if all those previous names were provided by the person listing the theatre. There is a section on the right of the page that lists previous names.

Metropolite on December 8, 2014 at 2:45 pm

The Pavilion may become residential.

Kris on December 10, 2014 at 9:45 am

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.

theatrefan on April 23, 2015 at 8:24 pm

There is an article in today’s AM New York that states this building will be turned into a luxury housing apartment building which will include a smaller high end movie Theatre underneath & retail, that will feature independent films. The article also states that the plans are still fluid and could go in a number of different ways. I guess only time will tell what will eventually happen to the Pavilion.

hdtv267 on April 24, 2015 at 4:42 am

The AM New York is available online.

Can you please provide a link to this information, which I’ll presume is a follow up to the link posted on Dec 8th?

theatrefan on April 24, 2015 at 5:39 am

Here is the AM New York Link:

theatrefan on April 24, 2015 at 5:41 am

Here is a story from The Real Deal:

Metropolite on August 26, 2015 at 3:18 am

Nitehawk Cinema eyeing the Pavilion.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 26, 2015 at 6:43 am

Direct link to this article.

PARK SLOPE — The saga of the Pavilion Theater could have a major plot twist in the next act.

The owner of Williamsburg’s Nitehawk Cinema says he would love to take over the Pavilion after its new owners renovate it.

“I’ve always been interested in the Pavilion, even in its current state,” Nitehawk owner Matthew Viragh told DNAinfo New York. “It’s been somewhat neglected, but I’ve always thought if we could get a hold of it we could do great things.”

Viragh first approached the Pavilion’s owners around the time he opened Nitehawk, the popular Metropolitan Avenue movie theater where cinephiles dine on gourmet food and booze during screenings.

Nothing came of those talks, but Viragh spoke again to the Pavilion’s new owners, Hidrock Realty, after news broke that they plan to renovate the Pavilion and construct a five-story condo building next door.

“We reached out when we heard about the new development plans, [but] they’re not in tenant mode yet,” Viragh said. “They’re trying to get the building through the [city approvals] process.”

A Hidrock spokesman confirmed that Nitehawk is one of several contenders to take over the Pavilion, but that the developer won’t make a decision until after the development gets the approvals it needs to move forward.

“Nitehawk is absolutely under very serious consideration,” spokesman Ethan Geto said. “Hidrock thinks they would a great job.”

The Pavilion is in Park Slope’s historic district, so the Landmarks Preservation Commission has to sign off on any development there. The condos and theater renovation will also need a zoning variance that must be OKed by the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals.

The LPC recently asked Hidrock to tweak its plans after locals raised concerns about the look of the new building.

A new operator for the Pavilion would likely be a significant upgrade for the theater. The multiplex draws crowds from across Brooklyn for blockbusters, but it’s battled several problems in recent years.

The theater fought bed bug rumors in 2011, and a lack of heating forced customers to chill out during screenings in 2013. Recent online reviews have complained of malfunctioning air conditioning and dirty theaters.

Viragh has made other forays outside of Williamsburg — he recently bought a commercial building in Bushwick that he plans to rent out.

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