A Theatre (Re)Grows in Brooklyn

(Photography by Chasi Annexy)

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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5 responses to “A Theatre (Re)Grows in Brooklyn

  1. This looks wonderful! Can’t wait to see the finished product! Thanks for the heads up!

  2. Thommy

    It’s so great see that the last of the five Loew’s “wonder theaters” getting the restoration she deserves! It just shows that creative preservation can add so much to a community as evidence with success of the Paradise and Jersey. Go Brooklyn!

  3. Magnificent.

  4. Mike Rubinate

    I have alot of happy memories with Loew’s Kings.
    One of the earliest was a summer night out to see
    ”Thoroughly Modern Millie” .
    This is great news that it finally get restored

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