Brooklyn Heights Cinema faces closure as building owner puts theater up for sale

Brooklyn Heights Cinema has been screening independent films in the neighborhood for the past 45 years. (3/4/14)

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS - The screen at an independent theater in Brooklyn Heights may be going dark soon, as the building owner has put the theater up for sale.

Brooklyn Heights Cinema has been screening independent films in the neighborhood for the past 45 years. Last year, theater owner Kenn Lowy says the building's landlord pitched multiple plans to put an apartment building on the spot, with plans to keep the theater on the first floor. However, the City Landmarks Preservation Commission rejected the idea because Lowy says the design didn't meet its standards. The landlord then put the building up for sale a few weeks ago.

Lowy says he's concerned the building will be bought and he'll have to leave. The theater is also in need of a new digital projector that costs $30,000.

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The building's landlord had no comment when asked by News 12 Brooklyn.

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