Pavilion Theatre

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

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Willburg145 on June 16, 2016 at 3:39 pm

I went there today for the first time. I think I was in screen two. The air conditioning was not hardly on and it was somewhat warm in the theatre. And there was a musty smell.

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.

Metropolite on August 26, 2015 at 3:18 am

Nitehawk Cinema eyeing the Pavilion.

theatrefan on April 24, 2015 at 5:41 am

Here is a story from The Real Deal:

theatrefan on April 24, 2015 at 5:39 am

Here is the AM New York Link:

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.

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.

Metropolite on December 8, 2014 at 2:45 pm

The Pavilion may become residential.

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.

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.

CSWalczak on August 29, 2012 at 6:49 pm

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

DJM78 on January 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm

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 February 22, 2011 at 1:27 am

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

Bway on February 15, 2010 at 8:19 pm

That is great! Thanks!

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on February 14, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Older channel 7 news report on the restoration.

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:

View link

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.