The Pavilion Cinema by Prospect Park is more convenient for many Brooklynians to get to for their weekend movie fix than many Manhattan theatres. Walking distance for Park Slope and Kensington residents, it is also easily accessible from both the F and G trains. Smaller and more run down than many more recently built multiplexes but with an 82 year history and the accompanying 1920s glamour, it is a Park Slope staple and beloved by residents. Unfortunately in recent years it has been dogged with bed bug rumors.
Bed bugs are becoming an increasingly large problem in New York and this neighborhood gem has not escaped unscathed. Accused by various Brooklyn blogs, forums and even more mainstream news media such as the Huffington Post of having bedbugs, residents are keeping a wary eye on the cinema as they face the choice of a longer commute to watch their films versus the risk of potentially bringing home unwelcome guests after an evening at The Pavilion. Fueling the worry, the national Bedbug Registry website has multiple reports of itching and bites following a visit to this theatre. Hopefully, for their own sake and for the sake of film hungry Brooklynians The Pavilion will find a way to control their bed bug problem once and for all.