Movies with a brew! Park Slope’s Pavilion wants to serve beer, cocktails

Pavilion sold!
The building housing Park Slope’s Pavilion movie theater has been sold, but the new owner promises it will continue screening films for years to come.
The Brooklyn Papers / Julie Rosenberg

A Park Slope movie theater is hoping to pack the house with a blockbuster coming attraction: booze.

Cinema owners Peter and Ben Kafash are seeking an alcohol permit that allows movie-goers to sip mixed drinks, beer, and wine at the Pavilion Theater.

“It’s like watching a movie in the comfort of your own home,” said Christine Smitz, a spokeswoman for the cinema. “It’s a trendy new thing to keep the movie-going experience modern.”

Smitz said the movie house plans to sell drinks — including suds from local breweries and simple cocktails with rum, tequila, vodka, and whiskey — between 5 pm and 11 pm as “a date-night kind of thing” at the theater on Prospect Park West and 14th Street.

Under the plan, movie-goers will be able to grab a drink from a concession stand and hang out in a soon-to-be renovated lounge area — or pair a cold one with popcorn and head into the theater, she said.

The drinks-meets-flicks concept comes after the state nixed a law last year that barred movie houses from serving alcohol inside theaters.I

Brooklyn cinemas such as Nitehawk and IndieScreen in Williamsburg soon began serving booze along with meals — which owners cheered as a way to boost business.

Now the Pavilion Theater — which is also planning on adding “finger foods” to the menu — is seeking a greenlight from Community Board 6 and approval from the State Liquor Authority.

Alongside the local beers, Smitz said the cinema will offer bottled beers such as Heineken, Yuengling, and Guinness for between $7 and $10.

And she doesn’t expect movie fans to get too unruly inside theaters.

“People aren’t going to be getting sloshed — it’s a quaint community theater,” she said.

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