Kings Theatre

1027 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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WilliamMcQuade on May 9, 2017 at 11:43 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 10:36 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 11:43 pm

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

WilliamMcQuade on April 17, 2017 at 1:07 pm

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 12:58 pm

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 11:38 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 6:22 pm

Good one, Mark! 😊

MarkDHite on April 13, 2017 at 4:55 pm

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

stevenj on April 13, 2017 at 3:10 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 1:17 pm

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.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 13, 2017 at 1:15 pm

I got there at 7 and security was very fast, but hardly anyone was there yet. It was like airport security: open all bags, go through metal detector, people being wanded, etc. My friend mentioned that it was advertised in the NY Times the day before, and that may have contributed to the unexpected box office crush.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 13, 2017 at 12:43 pm

Was the delay in seating due to slow security check-ins?

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 13, 2017 at 5:58 am

I was at the Barry Lyndon show. The 8 PM show started at exactly 8:46 PM. It was annoying, but the movie and the orchestra were so great that the long wait was soon forgotten. The theater staff in my section were extremely nice and helpful. They did continue to seat people after the show began, but they did it in a very quiet and unobtrusive way. I’m very glad I attended this show.

Saw Walking Dead star Norman Reedus in the lobby at intermission. He was going into a private party room on the second floor of the Kings.

PeterApruzzese on April 12, 2017 at 5:28 pm

Yeah, not exactly the kid of comment from staff that should be made public. He blames the poster for being late…except the poster wasn’t late. And, sorry, with a nearly 4 hour event the venue should open earlier than usual to be certain of starting the show on time.

HowardBHaas on April 12, 2017 at 4:47 pm

from Philly, I’m not about to attend evening screenings but I’d seriously consider a weekend matinee here of a film, regardless of whether or not it starts half hour late. Kudos to the Kings for honoring their movie palace existence with such events!

markp on April 12, 2017 at 2:19 pm

Sad to say, but I was really looking forward to seeing a show at the Kings, but now I will have to think twice.

MarkDHite on April 12, 2017 at 12:36 pm

And by problem I don’t mean him, I mean a top-down management problem that would result in one of their staff thinking it was okay to go off on a customer like that. And on a public forum. That’s one customer probably lost forever, plus everyone he tells his story to, and potentially anyone else who reads this blog.

Scott on April 12, 2017 at 11:49 am

Yeah, not exactly the Marcus Loew philosophy.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 12, 2017 at 10:21 am

Wow! I think you just proved John’s point.

Orlando on April 12, 2017 at 10:06 am

To John above, this is not a perfect world so when the box office experiences problems with today’s ticket selling methods, we do our best. Would it be right to start the movie and have people interrupt you while the orchestra is playing. We are not ill-mannered, unprepared inconsiderate staff! Doors open at 7:00 and traffic to the theatre on show nights is heavy. As with most shows PATRONS have no consideration when they show up through the first hour (8-9). and are angry. To those who come late, TOUGH LUCK! The theatre is three times the normal theatre it takes time to seat people. The Jersey deals with unreserved seats and has about 150 persons per movie screening. I’m sorry you had a bad time at Kings Theatre, Had you stayed,the orchestra that played got a standing ovation. There were no complaints as the over 2,500 audience was exiting, why didn’t you say something when you left in the middle of the show??? This doesn’t go for all patrons but “COME EARLY and BE ON TIME. Don’t blame the staff for your woes. There is a management team ready to help you. This is for John, stay in New Jersey and don’t pollute Brooklyn with your presence!

HowardBHaas on April 9, 2017 at 7:03 am

I just googled & found that Barry Lyndon (2 k) was screened with live music. I only found it at this theater.’s-barry-lyndon-live-orchestra-performance

JohnGibsonWhitley on April 9, 2017 at 12:59 am

Just left the screening of Barry Lyndon at intermission. For such a beautiful, generous space to have such an ill mannered, unprepared, inconsiderate staff is heartbreaking. A multi million dollar renovation with a lousy team to run it makes for a soulless evening. Very sad, I so wanted to experience a more magical night there. Instead I left halfway through the evening, which started an hour late due to the woeful mismanagement of the venue. If a film in a grand movie palace is what you’re looking for, you’re better off at the Jersey Loew’s, which is infinitely friendlier. They do it right in Jersey.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 6, 2016 at 5:08 pm

More than one party looked into multiplexing this place but given its dimensions it proved impractical.

moviebuff82 on September 6, 2016 at 1:38 pm

Had Loews kept the theater open through its corporate history it would’ve gotten multiplexed in the 1980s and in the 90s with Sony owning the theater have SDDS in the screens as well as plush seats along with recliners by AMC. At least the Kings has become a popular venue for performing arts.

MarkDHite on September 6, 2016 at 1:07 pm

Of course that is how it would have been intended to be lit originally. An array of colors, with no white bulbs, amber being the brightest, displayed from recessed coves giving a luminous, atmospheric, and slightly mysterious glow to the auditorium. Dazzling and brilliant probably wasn’t what the original designers had in mind.