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Pavilion to Be Converted to Condos and 'Quality' Theater, Developer Says

By Leslie Albrecht | April 22, 2015 12:17pm | Updated on April 22, 2015 2:20pm
 The Pavilion Theater in Park Slope is being converted into residences, according to The Real Deal.
The Pavilion Theater in Park Slope is being converted into residences, according to The Real Deal.
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PARK SLOPE — Park Slope's Pavilion Theater will be converted into condos and a new "high-quality" theater will replace the historic cinema, a spokesman for the developer said Wednesday.

Developer Hidrock Realty will renovate the inside of the landmarked Pavilion to create 24 condos inside, as well as a retail space and 16-car parking garage, spokesman Ethan Geto said.

The Real Deal reported Wednesday that the residential development was slated to "replace" the Pavilion, but Geto said there are no plans to demolish it.

Hidrock plans to keep a theater on the site, but wants to open one that's higher quality than the Pavilion, Geto said.

"They're not going to maintain the current theater for a variety of reasons, but they’re hoping and expecting to provide a better theater," Geto said. "They are diligently working towards incorporating a new theater with a high quality operator that will be more in tune with the kind of fare that the community would appreciate."

The Pavilion, on Prospect Park West and 14th Street, isn't an individual landmark, but it's in a historic district, which means that any development plans must be approved by the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission, Geto said. Hidrock hopes to submit plans to the LPC within a few months, and, if the project is approved, start construction by the end of the year.

The architecture firm designing the project, Morris Adjmi Architects, is well-known for its work incorporating new elements into older buildings, Geto said. “They selected him because he’s very sensitive to making buildings fit into historic districts,” Geto said.

Hidrock plans to refurbish historic elements on the building's exterior. The entrance to the residences will be on 14th Street, and the entrance to the theater and retail space will be on Prospect Park West and Bartel Pritchard Square, Geto said.

Hidrock bought the Pavilion in 2006 for $16 million, according to the Real Deal.

Representatives for the Pavilion did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

While the theater has battled problems in recent years including a bedbug scare, it attracts a steady stream of movie lovers who put up with spotty heating and questionable customer service.