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Nitehawk Cinema opening second Brooklyn location

The Pavilion
The Pavilion

While we wait for the Alamo Drafthouse NYC to open, there’s good news for movie fans as Nitehawk Cinema announced they’ll be opening a second Brooklyn location, taking over Park Slope’s Pavilion Theater. The original Nitehawk opened in Williamsburg in 2011. From The New York Times:

The new multiplex, to be rechristened Nitehawk Prospect Park, will have seven screens, a total of 650 seats, a double kitchen, two bar areas, a restored atrium overlooking the park, and, of course, in-theater dining, according to Matthew Viragh, Nitehawk Cinema’s founder.

The Pavilion will be closed by the end of October, he added. Renovations, which should cost less than $10 million, are expected to take about a year.

“We’ve always wanted to do more locations,” Mr. Viragh said. “Our focus is Brooklyn; we want to be a neighborhood cinema. That’s in our DNA, to cater to this area.”

The theater was originally The Sanders which opened in 1928, closed in 1978 and became The Pavilion in 1996. Nitehawk owner Matthew Viragh told the Times, “How rare is it to save a theater in New York, and not make it into a Duane Reade or a Starbucks?”

Nitehawk is hoping to open the Park Slope location in early fall 2017 but you know how that goes.

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