PARK SLOPE — The new operators of the Pavilion Theater are inviting the public to bid farewell to the much-maligned movie house at a free party.
Nitehawk Cinema, which is converting the Pavilion into a 650-seat seven-screen theater called Nitehawk Prospect Park, will host the "Pour One Out For The Pavilion" bash Nov. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. The soiree will have a cash bar, live music by Street Beat Brass Band, and of course, free popcorn.
The Pavilion, the oldest movie theater in Park Slope, will close for good Oct. 28. Nitehawk will renovate the 188 Prospect Park West theater from top to bottom, installing two bar areas, a double kitchen, and an atrium overlooking Prospect Park. Nitehawk plans to open the new theater in 2017.
Like its original Williamsburg location, Nitehawk Prospect Park will serve food and drinks during movies, which will include a mix of blockbusters and independent films.
Nitehawk's vision for the new theater has gotten rave reviews from moviegoers weary of the rundown Pavilion. Developer Hidrock Realty had planned to build condos atop the theater and on the property next door, but that project was shelved.