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 3:44 pm

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
shoeshoe14 on August 28, 2006 at 9:48 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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 10, 2007 at 2:57 pm

A color photo of the marquee being used by American Apparel can be found on the front page of today’s NY Daily News. The site happens to be adjacent to a subway station that was closed by this week’s storm flooding.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 4, 2007 at 2:58 am

Here is another photo of the marquee:
http://tinyurl.com/3275jh

CinemaDude
CinemaDude on December 19, 2007 at 9:25 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
Bway on April 17, 2009 at 1:09 am

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

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PragmaticGuy
PragmaticGuy on January 31, 2012 at 8:11 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 2, 2012 at 4:22 am

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

leslegr
leslegr on February 14, 2012 at 5:50 pm

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

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 12, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Two color photos of the building as retail can be found in the body of this recent article: Forgotten-ny

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