Flatbush Pavilion

314 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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Flatbush Pavilion

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The Flatbush Pavilion, located in Brooklyn’s now fashionable Park Slope, is down the road from where such former movie palaces as the Fox and Albee once stood.

A small twin, the theater was closed in May of 2004.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 17, 2006 at 7:38 am

I think Ken and Lost (well, his first instinct anyway) are correct. The Ionic columns belong to the old Strand. But then, the subway site has mis-captioned the photo by locating it on Flatbush Avenue. The Strand is OFF Flatbush at the corner of Rockwell Place and Fulton Ave. Here’s one of Lost Memory’s favorite images of mine (clipped from the local.live site and highlighted for the mentally challenged – heh heh):

Aerial View of Strand

The angle of Rockwell Place to the theater’s right matches up in both images, and you can make out a slight angle to the theater facade in the subway photo that matches up with the aerial view.

(Slipping on my architectural nerd beanie now…) Ahem! Bway – a Doric order column has no capital feature. The columns on the Strand evidence the opposed volutes (the scroll-like feature) at their capitals that define the Ionic order. Here endeth the lesson.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 17, 2006 at 7:39 am

My error (again!) Rockwell Place angles in to Fulton to the theater’s LEFT not the right.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 17, 2006 at 7:44 am

Of course, now that we know the theater, if you look above the building across the street from the Strand, you can make out the V-shaped roof-top sign for the Brooklyn Paramount looming a couple of blocks away on the corner of DeKalb and Flatbush Aves. That should have been a dead giveaway.

shoeshoe14 on August 28, 2006 at 1:48 pm

The marquee is still up and it’s still an American Apparel clothing shop (socially conscious, American and union made, sweatshop free).

The little pics above the marquee on the sides are no longer there but the “1, 2, 3” still is with messages on the side.

kencmcintyre on December 3, 2007 at 6:58 pm

Here is another photo of the marquee:

CinemaDude on December 19, 2007 at 1:25 pm

The closeing of this dive was a mercy killing. The place was a horrid place to see a film. The lobby was dark and dank; the auditoria were even more forboding. The film presentation was beyond bad. In a day and age of 6 channel digital sound, this place was still sporting a mono system in both rooms.

It was a scouting exhibition just to find a seat that wasn’t broken, and even those that were in decent shape were very uncomfortable.
The screens were placed much too high making the viewing angle very hard on the neck muscles. Because it was twined, the rooms were long and narrow, giving you the feeling that you were in a tunnel. This shape was detrimental to speech intelligibility, which sank to near zero; it was a good thing they ran lots of foreign films so you could read the dialogue.

This abomination is an example of just how terrible a movie theatre can be when it is tortured into more than one screen, even though it was designed as a single — a sorry practice in the rush to multiplex. It is no wonder it drove patrons away.

Sadly, there are many, many theatres that should have been saved; this is not one of them.

Bway on April 16, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Here’s a photo when it was Cinema Plaza in 1980:

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PragmaticGuy on January 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I remember passing by the theater when it was the Plaza and the for a quite awhile the community was up in arms because it was showing XXX rated movies. Then it went back to first run for a short time before closing.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 1, 2012 at 8:22 pm

After it switched back from porn, it played mainstream for many, many years.

leslegr on February 14, 2012 at 9:50 am

Back in the late 50’s, early 60’s it showed most foreign and “art” movies.

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