Abandoned for over 30 years, the Loew’s Kings Theatre in Brooklyn prepares for a Second Act. In 1929, the theatre on Flatbush Avenue opened as Loew’s flagship theatre. Architecturally influenced by the Palace of Versailles and the Paris Opera House, the theatre boasts high curved ceilings, pink marble, and ornate plaster walls. Originally a home for films and vaudeville acts, the 3,195-seat theatre closed in 1978, becoming a refuge for pigeons, vandals and squatters.
But intermission is over. Last month, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz announced that the Houston-based theatrical management and development company, ACE Theatrical Group, had been contracted to restore the theatre’s French Renaissance architecture and expand the stagehouse to accommodate the production needs of modern shows. ACE boasts similar affiliations with the Boston Opera House and Warner Theatre in Washington D.C. and plans to present 250 productions yearly. “Once completed, the restored Loew’s Kings will be the largest indoor theatre in Brooklyn, hosting concerts, plays, special events and graduations,” claims Markowitz. “It will be nothing less than a combination of the Beacon and the Apollo in one architectural jewel of a building.”
Slated to reopen in approximately five years, the Loew’s Kings Theatre is ready for its encore performance.
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