Pavilion Theatre

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

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Pavilion Theatre

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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.

Contributed by John Chappell, Suzanne Moore

Recent comments (view all 28 comments)

dizdi on March 1, 2009 at 1:13 pm

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 26, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Great photo. Thanks.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on February 15, 2010 at 6:51 am

Older channel 7 news report on the restoration.

Bway on February 16, 2010 at 4:19 am

That is great! Thanks!

CSWalczak on February 22, 2011 at 9:27 am

This theater is getting new seats and some other upgrades: View link.

DJM78 on January 7, 2012 at 12:50 am

When I was a young kid my uncle lived at 1 Prospect Park Southwest.The Pavilion was right across the street. I remember the theatre being closed for awhile. There are times I still call it the Sanders because of my uncle and parents. I still go to the Pavilion because of it’s classic look and feel and the fact that Farrell’s is a block away doesn’t hurt.

CSWalczak on August 30, 2012 at 2:49 am

The management of the Pavilion is seeking permission to serve alcohol as a way of boosting patronage: View article

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on July 20, 2014 at 4:30 am

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 12:12 pm

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.

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