Kings Theatre

1027 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on February 14, 2018 at 6:55 am

Mayor Bill de Blasio gave his annual “State of the City” speech at the Kings Theatre last night. Complete video coverage with many views of the auditorium can be seen here

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on January 22, 2018 at 9:56 am

A brief video tour of the rejuvenated Kings Theatre can be viewed here

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 16, 2017 at 6:54 pm

I don’t know, “THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER” sounds pretty Brooklyn to me.

Orlando on November 4, 2017 at 8:09 am

Yes,it is my blood and thank you for your words. There are those who will stomp on you and try to wipe you out for credit. I don’t answer to them. I am true to myself and say what is the truth. I answer to my wisdon and knowledge. A theatre that has been in my life for over fifty years and I fought for with a “Breakfast with the Arts” episode in 2005 surely outweighs any management that operates and manages it. I was born way before them. They will never no the experince of seeing movies at the Loew’s Kings that I did. That experience comes once in a lifetime and what they have know is ten liquor bars in the space, that’s all they care about. The shows are for out-of-Brooklyners, who love the shows and the theatre. Otherwise the Kings Theatre does not serve the Brooklyn population and they (the locals) know it.

markp on November 3, 2017 at 11:00 am

Orlando, sorry to hear this. I like you, have memories of some old theatres here in NJ. I am now the house projectionist at the Union County Arts Center, and I try to get more classic films in there. I am also trying to get equipment installed and running at the Brook Arts Center in Bound Brook. Lots of hurdles. Money. Management. But I will not give up. I, like you, have it in our blood.

Orlando on November 3, 2017 at 8:25 am

John Gibson Whitely who had a bad experience at the Kings Theatre on April 9 has submitted one comment to cinema treasures on that date. He is obviously a phony, using a pyseudinum. Just click on his comment. I believe a jealous THS member associated to Loew’s Jersey posted this comment. The initials are S.T. He was in the audience that evening. I defended the staff and disclaim this frauds comment. I have resigned the Kings Theatre which I was involved in long before ACE was in the picture. While I enjoyed my two plus years there, I cannot condone the upper managements running of the theatre which I am still truly fond of. Byn the way, there was a building situation which cost $2,5000,000 to repair neglected by management which could have led to lose of life. I am glad that I put the lives of patrons and the staff above the pettiness of management. Now, after six months, management has banned me from the theatre even with a ticket. My efforts to save my Kings Theatre means much more that the management that runsit. Esta la vista!

Orlando on October 23, 2017 at 8:33 am

Happy (belated) Birthday on Sept. 6 2017. 88 years young.

Orlando on September 22, 2017 at 6:43 am

“The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” -1920 to be shown with live orchestra accompaniment on Friday, October 31, 2017 at 8 P.M. Tell them Orlando sent you.

Orlando on September 13, 2017 at 7:56 am

In correction, Mrs. Dorothy Panzica gave the Kings Theatre 12 furnishings most of which are in the upstairs lounge to the right of the bar. The two high back wooden carved chairs are in the grand lobby to the left of the grand staircase.

theatrefan on September 11, 2017 at 10:10 am

Here is the official Obituary for Dorothy Solomon Panzica, Regal Queen of the Loew’s Kings Theatre in Brooklyn:

Dorothy Solomon Panzica September 13th 1913 – August 23rd 2017

WELLSVILLE – Dorothy Solomon Panzica, 103, of 4192B Bolivar Road, passed away on Wednesday (Aug. 23, 2017) at Manor Hills. She was born on Sept. 13, 1913, in Summerville, Mass., the daughter of William and Sarah (Schneider) Rose. She was predeceased by two husbands, Benjamin Solomon and Charles Panzica.

Dorothy was raised in Brooklyn and was employed by Loew’s Theaters throughout her career, beginning as an usherette, and retiring as the General Manager of the Loew’s Kings Theater in Brooklyn. She and Charles moved to Elm Valley in the mid 1970’s and after Charles passed away, she moved to Cummings Circle in Wellsville, where she resided for many years before moving to Manor Hills in 2011.

Dorothy was well known in the downtown Wellsville area for her kindness and generosity, and for giving away dollar bills folded like shirts to almost everyone she met.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Frances Rose of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and several nieces and nephews, including Jerry and Sonya Goodman of Pikesville, Md.

She will be buried next to her beloved husband, Charles, in the Calverton National Cemetery on Long Island. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, 141 E. State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit Published in Wellsville Daily Reporter on Aug. 24, 2017

Orlando on August 26, 2017 at 7:31 am

I met Dorothy Panzica over 45 years ago when passes the the LOEW’S KINGS where called in from the Granada Theatre. In those days, the managers where a friendly group and the six theatres cross honored passes. That day she was called by the cashier and greeted me at the door. She walked me through the foyer and inner lobby to the auditorium door. She tried to coax me to come work at LOEW’S KINGS, but I was well entrenched in the Granada Theatre by then. Still, I will remember that day and still do 50 years later and meeting her. I safe guard the original 9 furnishings still used and on display at the theatre. All should visit Mrs. Panzica’s gift from the former Loew’s Kings when visiting the theatre. Without her kindness and generosity, furniture of the theatre are there for all to enjoy. So, go see them. Mrs. Panzica’s spirit will live long within the LOEW’S KINGS, an Brooklyn institution and landmark.

REST IN PEACE, forever in my mind, those were the days.
                                Love and Sympathy
                                ORLANDO LOPES
                                Loyal Supporter of the LOEW'S KINGS
Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on August 24, 2017 at 1:20 pm

I was lucky to meet Dorothy once a few years ago. She was quiet at first, but as soon as I showed her some photographs of the Kings she began to talk about her time there. She was an amazing person, and I’m sorry for your loss.

“Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest until your good is better, and your better is best”

sgreenberg on August 24, 2017 at 11:24 am

I’m sorry to report that my great aunt Dorothy Solomon Panzica, former manager of the Loews Kings has passed away just a month shy of her 104th birthday. She loved the theater very much and upon learning of its restoration donated the furniture she was given back to the new Kings Theatre. I know that many people who have been to this site remember her. We will all miss her.

WilliamMcQuade on May 9, 2017 at 12:22 pm

For a brief moment,it looked like Loews 175th Street. It was the Kings and wished it had been used much more than it was.

HowardBHaas on May 9, 2017 at 11:03 am

I appreciate your earlier comment because I also watch Gotham so I knew from your comment the auditorium that I was looking at was this theater.

WilliamMcQuade on May 9, 2017 at 9:43 am

Small portion in the theater . Was dimly lit and not really worth watching unless you were a Gotham fan which I am.

WilliamMcQuade on May 6, 2017 at 8:36 am

Watch Gotham on Fox Monday night 5/8. The preview shows the interior of the Kings featured. Interesting to see how the theater is shown in this and how long the segment will be.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 17, 2017 at 9:43 pm

It’s amazing (or not) what $93 million can do…

WilliamMcQuade on April 17, 2017 at 11:07 am

It was closed for over 30 plus years with no maintenance. The fact that it looks this good is flat out amazing. Kudos to the company that did the renovation. Waiting to hear about the Paramounts reopening. Sadly the Fox is no longer with us.

richardgreen on April 17, 2017 at 10:58 am

I was also at the Barry Lydon event and can tell you that the staff of the Kings displayed nothing but the utmost respect and professionalism to me, there was a problem with the ticketing system that was in no way their fault.

That being said I did now notice this time that there is netting which is installed over the main dome in the auditorium, when I asked one of the ushers what that was all about, the reply was: “That’s to keep the loose plaster from falling on people’s heads” I guess the 95 million dollars they spent renovating this place could not insure that the ceiling would necessarily stay up and in place like it does in other venues.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 13, 2017 at 9:38 pm

Orlando, you have shown yourself over the years to be a true movie theater lover, historian, preservationist, and restorer, and that’s only scratching the surface. And you’ve been a valuable asset to this site.

So please delete your intemperate response to a paying patron’s experience, rethink your answer, and post again in the cool light of day.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 13, 2017 at 4:22 pm

Good one, Mark! 😊

MarkDHite on April 13, 2017 at 2:55 pm

Well, you know, “Barry Lyndon” – attracts a rough crowd.

stevenj on April 13, 2017 at 1:10 pm

Why the intense security? Metal detectors, being wanded? Is this something new?

The comment made by orlando…"when the box office experiences problems with today’s ticket selling methods" sounded like the reason for the late start. I have personally experienced this (at a SF movie theater) when people by a ticket online and then have their cell phone barcode scanned and the ticket takers cell phone took inordinately long to do the task.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 13, 2017 at 11:17 am

One thing that made the long wait bearable was just being able to sit in the Kings and look around at the beautiful job they did with the theater.