Heights Cinema Looking for Temporary Digs

The Brooklyn Heights Cinema may relocate to Dumbo for 18 months while its landmarked building at 70 Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights gets an addition for luxury condos. Kenn Lowy, who owns the building as well as the theater — and also sits on the local community board — told the Brooklyn Paper he plans to raise $20,000 through an online crowdsourcing funding site to finance the move and upgrade with leased digital projectors. Lowy is looking for any suitable space in the area. The cinema opened in 1971, and Lowry bought the building it in 2011.

Next up: The Dumbo Heights Cinema? [Brooklyn Paper]

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  • Why are we being asked, by a man who owns a building AND even sits on the Comm Board which oversees what happens there, for our money so he can keep his business open in another location while he adds onto the building he owns so he can make millions and millions of dollars more? I support this theater when I go see a movie there. And now you want public funds to keep it open? Am I the only one who finds this disgusting?

  • LOL that this guy doesn’t have 20K. I guess he take out a loan????

  • it’s amazing how a rich person that lives in the greatest neighborhood on earth (right, minard?) is gonna depend on donations to fund his hobby.
    It’s a case of: Rich taking from the common folk to get richer

  • Cate

    The owner of the cinema, Kenn Lowy, asked us to post this comment:

    Wow. I’m not sure where to begin. I am the owner of the Brooklyn Heights Cinema, I am NOT the owner of the building. I am not a “rich” guy. In fact, I have spent every dollar I have to keep the cinema open. We are not actively looking for a temporary space because we can stay where we are until the landlord (the owner of the building) gets approval for his plan. That could be in 3 months, it could be a year. But if we don’t have a digital projector in the next month or so, we will in fact go out of business because we won’t be able to get new films. The industry is moving away from 35mm film and we have no choice but to upgrade. And this is not a hobby, this is how I earn a living. Which is also true for my employees. Thankfully, our neighbors have been amazingly supportive and want to see us survive. The Brooklyn Heights Cinema is a the last (yes, the last) locally owned independent movie theater in NYC. Digital projection is very expensive and for a cinema like mine, there is no other way forward. If you go to kickstarter and do a simple search for “go digital or go dark” you will find dozens of small cinema’s around the country who are or were in the same situation. You will also see that most of them were funded by their customers or movie lovers around the country.

    I don’t know who halvewit is, but your comments could not be more offensive and wrong. “it’s amazing how a rich person that lives in the greatest neighborhood on earth (right, minard?) is gonna depend on donations to fund his hobby. It’s a case of: Rich taking from the common folk to get richer” & “LOL that this guy doesn’t have 20K. I guess he take out a loan???”

    As I wrote above, I am not rich, in fact at this point in my life, I would guess that everyone reading Brownstoner has more money than I do (yes, everyone).