The Pavilion movie theater in Park Slope, Brooklyn has been in operation since 1928, but soon the longest-running movie theater in the neighborhood will be transformed into a different kind of theater. Nitehawk Cinema has announced that they will be taking over the Pavilion and opening up a second Brooklyn location. The original Nitehawk opened in Williamsburg in 2011 and gained notice for being a premier dine-in theater, serving artisanal food while screening first-run or repertory programming.
According to the New York Times, the new theater, Nitehawk Prospect Park, will have, “seven screens, a total of 650 seats, a double kitchen, two bar areas, a restored atrium overlooking the park, and…in-theater dining.” Matthew Viragh, Nitehawk Cinema’s founder says that they have “always wanted to do more locations” and that their “focus is Brooklyn.” He continues, “We want to be a neighborhood cinema. That’s in our DNA, to cater to this area.”
Nitehawk Prospect Park will be another in a recent line of speciality arthouse cinemas in New York. It follows the Metrograph on the Lower East Side and the Syndicated in Bushwick. An Alamo Drafthouse is set to open in Downtown Brooklyn this fall, and the Quad Cinema in Greenwich Village is currently being refurbished and will open in the near future.
The Pavilion will be closed at the end of October, and Nitehawk Prospect Park is set to open in early fall 2017.