Nitehawk Cinema is one of the cities most popular film destinations, screening a combination of new movies, retro films and themed film series such as Spoons, Toons, and Booze and The Deuce. It opened in 2011 in the heart of Williamsburg and provides a boutique experience accompanied by fine dining and drinks. This unique approach to movie-going has made it stand out from the rest of the pack and elevated it into the highest echelon of NYC theaters. During it’s duration it has progressed from instant hit to an expanding force in the film scene of Brooklyn. After 6 years in business it is ready to open it’s second location!
The Pavilion Theater stood at the corner of Prospect Park West and 14th street. Located right on the border of Park Slope and Windsor Terrace, the building originally was the site of “The Sanders”, a theater opened in 1928 and shuttered in 1978. Since the Pavilion’s opening in 1996 it has been the only theater in the area and brought good times and films to the neighborhoods for many years. After opening to much excitement, The Pavilion began to decline in the mid 2000’s due to a variety of reasons ranging from neglect, filthy conditions, a failed cafe and pizza joint, and most recently bedbugs. After a long, slow fade from its former glory, the theater finally closed and became the site for the new Nitehawk Cinema.
There was much debate about what would become of the site of the old Pavilion. Developers had plans to build condos but those fell through after neighborhood advocates protested the loss of the only theater around. Nitehawk Cinema saw this opportunity to expand and jumped on it, preserving the theater buildings natural purpose and giving residents something to look forward to. The experience it provides will bring the space into a new generation of specialty theaters, one where instead of an overpriced large popcorn and coke, you’ll be able to order a filet mignon and cocktail to your seat. Add some class to your next date night and impress anyone by taking them here. Slated to open in Fall 2017, be sure to check it out!