The marquee is lit and the former Pavilion Theater in Park Slope has been burnished inside and out into a new Nitehawk venue.
This morning the Landmarks Preservation Commission will consider developer Hidrock Properties' surprising plan to restore a one-story row of shops rather than build condos in Park Slope.
The transformation of the former Pavilion Theater in Park Slope is getting closer to reality as Nitehawk Cinema pushes forward on its revamp of the beleaguered theater.
Park Slope’s nostalgically decrepit Pavilion Theater has a secret storage mezzanine — perfect for cult gatherings, shrines to the 1970s and otherwise questionable activities.
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.
New renderings have been released showing Hidrock Realty’s plan to convert Park Slope’s Pavilion Theater, and the vacant restaurant space next to it, into condos. According to Leslie Albrecht of DNAinfo, who attended the Community Board 6 Landmarks and Land Use Committee meeting Thursday night, some residents said the design resembled a “penitentiary.”
Even worse, someone compared it to Washington, D.C.
But the news wasn’t all bad for Hidrock Realty. Despite widespread criticism of a perceived failure to integrate the building into the architectural styles of the surrounding neighborhood, the committee voted unanimously to approve the plans to build 24 condos on Bartel-Pritchard Square and restore the Pavilion Theater at 188 Prospect Park West, as long as certain changes were made.