Images on the website of architecture firm Architecture Outfit reveal that Park Slope‘s historic Pavilion Theater at 188 Prospect Park South may go residential. The theater is currently owned by a consortium led by Ben Kafash who purchased the theater from Morristown, NJ-based Cinedigm in 2011.
One scheme shows a six-story residential building rising behind the theater’s sublime Moorish façade and from a neighboring lot just south of the theater. It conceptualizes a mix of apartments along the circle dubbed Bartel-Pritchard Square and contextually scaled townhouses along narrow 14th Street. The second scheme preserves the theater in its entirety and limits new construction to the neighboring lot at 190 Prospect Park West where a nondescript one-story building currently stands.
The theater and its surrounding blocks were absorbed into the Park Slope Historic District in 2012. All changes to the theater’s exterior and new construction alongside it will be subject to review by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. However, the theater’s interior is not landmarked, and, according to moviegoers, has fallen into an unfortunate state of disrepair. Complaints of broken seats, exposed walls, torn upholstery, and bedbugs have plagued the theater. One recent visitor simply declared the theater a “bio-hazard.”
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