By now you’ve heard that the folks at Williamsburg’s beloved Nitehawk Cinema are giving a $10 million makeover to Park Slope’s ratty Pavilion theater. Which is good news to anyone who has ever gone to Smorgasburg in Prospect Park and thought, “Oh, I’d like to see Snowden but I forgot my bed bug detector.” Still, there are likely some nostalgics who will miss the Pavilion and bitch about the hipsters taking it over and ruining everything with Werner Herzog-themed cocktails like the Even Dewar’s Started Small. (Hey, at least tickets won’t cost $32, like they do for VIP seats at South Street Seaport’s new dine-in theater.)
If you plan to romanticize the days when you could pick the foam right out of your seat without having your tater tot order canceled, you might want to give the theater a proper goodbye on Nov. 1.
Starting at 6pm on All Saints Day, Nitehawk is holding a jazz funeral of sorts for the Pavilion. While the Street Beat Brass Band belts out some tunes, you can stroll in, buy wine and beer, munch some free popcorn, and point out the seat you were in that time Steve Buscemi sat down next to you. Some previously off-limits areas of the theater will be open for snooping.
This’ll definitely be your last chance to see the place for a while. The Pavilion will be closed as of Oct. 28, and it’ll take Nitehawk about a year to add an elevator, refurbish the public areas and bathrooms, restore the atrium overlooking Prospect Park, and add new seats. When it opens in 2017, Nitehawk Prospect Park will have seven screens (two less than the Pavilion), 650 seats, two kitchens, and two bar areas.
Don’t worry, the Pavilion’s Moorish exterior won’t be going anywhere– it’s landmarked, since it dates back to when the theater opened as the 1,516-seat Sanders in 1928. So, don’t even think about tagging it up.
Correction: The original version of this post was revised because only beer and wine, rather than cocktails, will be served at the party.