Williamsburg’s Nitehawk Cinema Courts Park Slope’s Pavilion Theater


Clockwise from top left: Pavilion Theater and renderings of the proposed redesign via Hidrock Realty, photo by Nitehawk

Its redesign might not be a blockbuster hit, but Park Slope’s Pavilion Theater at 188 Prospect Park West has already caught the eye of a hip Williamsburg Cinema operator, reported DNAinfo. Matthew Viragh, owner of Nitehawk Cinema on Metropolitan Avenue, told DNA he’d like to take over the Pavilion once its renovation is complete.

Nitehawk is known for its hipster atmosphere and for serving cocktails and dinner during films. Nitehawk would be a catch for the Pavilion — in previous years, the theater was plagued by complaints of trash, poor heating and bedbugs.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission recently asked for revisions to the Pavilion Theater’s renovation plans. Developer Hidrock Realty and architect Morris Adjmi propose a rooftop addition, underground parking, and the construction of a condo building next door.

Critics compared the Pavilion’s new design to a penitentiary. At a recent Landmarks hearing, one neighbor called the new building “a disaster, visually and contextually,” according to the Brooklyn Eagle.

Nitehawk Cinema Eyeing Park Slope’s Pavilion Theater [DNAinfo]
Landmarks Has Rescheduled Hearing on Park Slope’s Pavilion Theater [Brownstoner]
Pavilion Theater Condos Plan Compared to Penitentiary, Conditionally Approved [Brownstoner]
Park Slope’s Pavilion Theater Still Stinks [Brownstoner]

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