Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Pavilion

The Pavilion movie theater at Bartel-Pritchard Square in Park Slope.

The Pavilion closed last month, and is going to be re-opened under the management of Nitehawk Cinemas of Williamsburg, a dinner-movie theater known for indie films and theme nights. Most of the time, the closing of long-standing local businesses is lamented by locals, but the Pavilion was not beloved. In fact, it had been called the worst theater ever. Among its problems, infestation of bed bugs and rats, no heat in winter and no A/C in summer, an infamous incident where the movie staff called the cops on a diabetic patron who'd brought his own fruit to snack on, very small screens (In the past, three theaters had been divided into nine), and general dirtiness and run-down-ness.

I only went here a few times, and while I never experienced problems as bad as these, it still was not a good theater. The tickets were cheap, relatively, but . . . Perhaps the best indicator of the quality of the theater is how the movie "Middle School" is misspelled on the marquee. It's misspelled on all three sides of that marquee!

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