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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