Williamsburg Movie Theater:
Website Now Showing,
Jobsite Not Going
Based on the Stop Work Order dated October 10th, we suppose this is old news - but it seems to have been overlooked by the local press and bloggers. Work on the forthcoming independent cinema being built at 136 Metropolitan Avenue in the 'Burg apparently ground to a halt several months ago when the Department of Buildings cited the developer for "work [that] does not conform to approved plans", and the fact that neighboring "134 Metropolitan Ave has not been underpinned".
On the other hand, things in the virtual world are shaping up quite nicely, with the quiet launch of a great-looking "beta" website for the theater, which seems to suggest that the three-screen complex will be called the Cassandra Cinema (a January '06 press release from Ocularis, the not-for-profit film collective behind the development, said the theater would open in Spring 2008 as "The Brooklyn Kinetoscope").
Our friends over at Curbed reported on the development - which BTW includes nine apartments upstairs - back in September, in a piece that linked to the architect's website which includes some nice renders and elevations of the finished product (see "Metropolitan Cinema and Apartments" in the "Work" section).
This is one film project we truly hope gets greenlighted and released.
136 Metropolitan interior and exterior shots [Flickr]
Cassandra Cinema / Brooklyn Kinetoscope Beta site link
Here's Williamsburg's Metropolitan Cinema & Apts. [Curbed]