Brooklyn Heights Cinema owner Kenn Lowy has written this guest post in response to the news that the building may be demolished to make way for a 5-story residence.
“So the news is out: the Brooklyn Heights Cinema building is going to be demolished and a 5 story condo will take its place. A lot of people have asked me if I knew this could happen? The answer is yes. When I met with the landlord last year he told me there was a good chance he would develop it. So I had a choice, let it close or move forward and take my chances. Actually, there wasn’t a choice for me because this was a once in a lifetime opportunity. If I succeeded at making it better and growing the business, then I knew I could continue it elsewhere if it came to that. I wanted to make it more of a destination adding music, comedy (coming in February) and silent films with live music and you (my neighbors) have been very supportive.”
“Back to the demolition of the building. Our lease runs to June 30th, so we’ll be at this location for a while longer. The landlord is a decent guy and has told me we’ll be able to stay until he’s ready to move forward with his plans. That could be July, or it could be December. Either way, we’re looking for a new home in the area and with any luck, we’ll close in one location and open in the other seamlessly (like the Knitting Factory and St. Ann’s). We do things other cinemas can’t or won’t do, and that’s why I bought it, to do something different. We played Battle for Brooklyn for months and next month we’ll be showing local filmmaker Heather Quinlan’s “If these Knishes Could Talk” (a work in progress). We’re not slowing down or going anywhere for a while.
“For now, the best thing you can do is continue to support us. Without your support, there is no going forward. If you have any ideas or suggestions, come in and tell me your thoughts. Unlike any movie theater I’ve ever been to, the owner (me) is usually here and actually wants to talk to you.”