Monday, January 3, 2011 at 10:57AM
When the 1500-seat Moorish-inspired Sanders Theater shut down in 1978, after 50 years in operation, it was a real blow to a neighborhood that had seen just about every other one of its theaters fall to the wrecking ball or be re-purposed in recent years. As it sat vacant, developers squabbled over what to do with it, and ideas ranged from turning it into a co-op to converting the ground floor into a hardware store.
When Norman Adie and three local investors bought the property in 1993 with plans to keep it a theater, the neighborhood rejoiced. In 1996, it re-opened as the Pavilion Theater, with three screens and a really good cafe on the second floor. Eventually more screens were added, with the final tally now at nine.
The cafe didn't last very long, and I'm not sure if Adie is still the owner, but the multiplex is currently really in disrepair. A couple of the larger theaters there are in okay shape, but the smaller ones, and theater 5 in particular, are really falling apart. A couple of the theaters have no heat. These photos of theater 5 showed up on Brooklynian a few days ago:
Don't know about you, but these are about the grossest-looking movie theater seats I've ever seen. With the bedbug scare still keeping some people away, and management that clearly doesn't care about upkeep, I hope that someone comes along and cleans the place up before it goes the way of the Flatbush Pavilion.