This is happening. Nitehawk Cinemas—one of the best NYC movie theaters—announced finalized plans today to create a second location in Park Slope, in the renovated husk of the Pavilion Theater.
Come fall 2017, Nitehawk Prospect Park will open with seven screens, 650 seats, an atrium lounge, two bars and plenty of movie-themed menus. As Brooklyn cinephiles anxiously await the opening of the Brooklyn Alamo Drafthouse this Fall, this news comes as an unexpected surprise. Soon, we'll have three dine-in theaters instead of one.
Still hanging on for dear life as the lone theater in the neighborhood, the Pavilion has seen better years, and for patrons familiar with its scotch-taped screens, sticky floors and dubious winter heating, this news of its rebirth is reason to stay in the area.
Nitehawk closed the sale of its second location with current owner Hidrock Properties on August 26. Originally, the developers planned to install condominiums on the site, while retaining a small three-screen theater. Luckily, common sense—and the potential for Nitehawk's brunch menu—prevailed, and Hidrock co-owner Steven J. Hidary decided to let the theater flourish without creating another real estate monstrosity.
Park Slope residents: say your goodbyes to the Pavilion before it closes in October, then buckle up: soon, we'll be toasting champagne and watching midnight movie screenings of the Fifth Element in our brand new theater.