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Pavilion Theater seeks liquor license in Park Slope

Movies with a brew! Park Slope’s Pavilion wants to serve beer, cocktails

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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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Reader Feedback

Not Goish from Prospect Heights says:
What foods DO go with bedbugs?
Aug. 27, 2012, 7:07 pm
Beatriz from Park Slope says:
Great idea!!! Back home there is a movie theatre that serves beer, wine, and food aside from normal movie snacks (salads, sushi, sandwiches). It has worked really great. This theatre does have seats that The Pavillion lacks, which are comfortable reclining seats with small tables (like college conferencence folding tables that are attached to the seat). Hope the remodeling and new perspective works!! I'm there!
Aug. 27, 2012, 7:27 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
THe owners have a good track record of running theatres into the ground and not using unions - see what they did in Monroe NY
Aug. 27, 2012, 8:42 pm
BunnynSunny from The Hill says:
This could be a great Gay Bar.
Aug. 27, 2012, 9:37 pm
Tony from PS says:
This place is a mismanaged dump.
Aug. 27, 2012, 11:32 pm
Scott from Park Slope says:
I always loved Brew 'n View at the Vic in Chicago. They only ran B movies but they served pizza and beer in pitchers and it was a great way to spend a Friday night. I wish them much success!
Aug. 28, 2012, 12:18 am
Eager for Beaver from Cobble Hill says:
Nitehawk is a great place to see a movie. Would love to see something similar that is closer to home.
Aug. 28, 2012, 12:37 am
park slope res from park slope says:
I'd like to see the Cinema try to at least compete with Night Hawk on pricing:

charge $12 per ticket, but give the average person a break on a beer. There's no reason to buy more than 1 beer if its $7-10 dollars, especially bottled.

My suggestion is price drafts in the $5-7 range, and make it accessible for the average movie goer to purchase a beer. It costs you $2, per glass so don't try to rape customers on the profit margins.
Aug. 28, 2012, 9:23 pm
chris from park slope says:
Maybe they should worry about how the place looks then getting us drunk so we don't care how it looks lol. That place really needs to be renovated from the seats to the bathroom.. nasty all around.
Aug. 29, 2012, 3:52 pm
chris from park slope says:
Maybe they should worry about how the place looks then getting us drunk so we don't care how it looks lol. That place really needs to be renovated from the seats to the bathroom.. nasty all around.
Aug. 29, 2012, 3:52 pm

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