Pavilion renovations are almost done — just in time for Memorial Day

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Park Slope’s Pavilion Cinema has finished its long-promised makeover and thorough scrubbing — and the curtain will be up in time for the big blockbuster weekend.

The owners of the 83-year-old moviehouse on Prospect Park West have finished replacing the former dingy purple cloth seats with black patent leather versions, and repainting peeling walls.

And they’ve even brought in that ultimate 1990s convenience: online ticketing.

All that remains is putting the finishing touches on an upstairs café, which will feature “finger foods,” said co-owner Ben Kafash.

“We are committed to making this a better place,” he added, admitting that the renovations were “long overdue.”

The spring cleaning comes just in time for Memorial Day weekend — historically one of the nation’s busiest movie-going periods. It also comes after a tough year for the cinema, which has been plagued by inconsistent heating, broken seats and unsubstantiated bedbug rumors.

But Kafash and his partners — who bought the multiplex from New Jersey-based Cinedigm group last month — say they’re well on the way to morphing a disheveled movie shack into a cinematic wonderland.

Before the makeover, five of nine theaters had chairs from 1996 — the last year the Pavilion was refurbished. Auditorium seven, for example, was especially bad: Six of the 70 chairs were missing seatbacks and about a dozen had rips or stains.

In Park Slope, everyone from snarky bloggers to concerned patrons cringed at the seats (and what was allegedly lurking in their fibers).

“We used to come here a lot,” movie-going South Sloper Dan Kluger said, back in February. “But I’ve found the place has gotten really rundown.”

The new chairs will likely improve theater’s tarnished image: Sleek seats have a cleaner “look,” and are less prone to stains. (They also allow movie-going canoodlers to sit closer together.)

Still under construction is the second-floor café with tables where movie-goers can munch pizza.

A sit-down eatery would bring to fruition a dream held by former owner Norman Adie, who bought the moviehouse in 1993 after two decades of 1970s-style ruin. Adie renovated the place — which had been called The Sanders when it was built in 1928 — and created a full-service restaurant on the second floor that never really took off.

Adie originally opened the Pavilion with three screens. It now has eight.

Posted 12:00 am, May 26, 2011
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Reasonable discourse

Allison from Park Slope says:
Oh Natalie, Natalie, NATALIE!!!! How could you not do some actual reporting on this? Head over to F'd in Park Slope for the real scoop.
May 26, 2011, 9:15 am
Alex from Park Slope says:
Thank you for the non biased article. Looking forward to returning to the Pavillon.
May 26, 2011, 11:49 am
kasey says:
——ed in Park Slope NEVER does any real reporting.
May 26, 2011, 2:43 pm
kasey says:
F'd in Park Slope NEVER does and real reporting.
Brooklyn Paper does.
May 26, 2011, 2:44 pm
Alison from Windsor Terrace says:
I can't go to the Pavilion, I can't do the stairs.
May 26, 2011, 6:27 pm
Joey from Windsor Terrace says:
Everyone should read the FIPS article before considering returning to the Pavilion, it sounds like the new owners have a long history of taking over rundown theaters. They enter with promises of renovation and end up doing very little to improve the place.

MANY reviews of other theaters that the new owners also own are included in the below story that back up this claim.
May 27, 2011, 5:52 pm
chris from windsor terrace says:
Uuummm, sorry Natalie but your report is all wrong. My kids and I sat in those dingy, nasty purple seats just this friday ( may 27th 2011). Kung Fu Panda 2 in auditorium #7 was the worst experience ever. Yuck!!! Never doing the Pavilion again.
May 29, 2011, 1:39 pm
v from windsor terrace says:
wish this story was true but alas, we had the same old disgusting Pavillion experience today at the 3D Kung Fu Panda show- filthy seats, smelly theater, no sign of any renovation!
May 30, 2011, 2:59 pm
Salt from Parkslope says:
Wait ppl if you want a nice time wait for july
June 1, 2011, 5:28 am
chris from Dumbo says:
Listen, Kafash is all bloated verbiage.
He had a chance as did Bud Mayo to bring back the cafe owner, who actually ran the theatre for the last two years before it was sold to the latter. Both men were indignant and condescending towards her. The "old" boys club in full regalia.
The only person that made that theatre anything was the lady with the blonde hair. Marty Markowitx used to do his political parties there, Gay and Lesbians in the early days became a welcome fixture there, commercials were filmed in the theatre. She put Parkslope and Windsor Terrace on the map. I know that she tried to return to the cafe and Kafash was an absolute bully to her.
May he learn like the others before him, money does not make a good manager and create a community theatre. Make the theatre perform. Rest in Peace the rightful manager. Power is an amazing tool in the wrong hands especially one with an ego like Kafash
June 1, 2011, 10:18 pm
laura s from windsor terrace says:
The reason the cafe failed was because of the owners. No one was willing to pay $7 for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This was in 1996.
Also, the more obvious issue- who goes to the movies to eat in a cafe? Especially when Connecticut Muffin is across the street...
Plus, the cafe wasn't wheelchair-accessable, and up a flight of narrow stairs. This prevented small children, carraiges, older people, and anyone with a disability from buying food there.
March 18, 2013, 2:47 am

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