Kings Theatre

1027 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 13, 2017 at 2:17 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 2:15 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 1:43 pm

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

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 13, 2017 at 6:58 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 6:28 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 5:47 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 3:19 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 1:36 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 12:49 pm

Yeah, not exactly the Marcus Loew philosophy.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 12, 2017 at 11:21 am

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

Orlando on April 12, 2017 at 11:06 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 8:03 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 1:59 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 6:08 pm

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

moviebuff82 on September 6, 2016 at 2:38 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 2:07 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.

Orlando on September 6, 2016 at 1:33 pm

The organ is in ivory with gold trimmings,sorry for the typo.

Orlando on September 6, 2016 at 1:29 pm

The house lights are now fully lit and are on a dimmer. This happened during the first 6 months and was corrected. Remember all the lobby tubular light fixtures were not replaced also decreasing the beauty of the entrance lobby. However, some great news, the Robert Morton Organ console is now (as of 9/1/2017) on display in the rear promenade, fully restored inioory and gold trimmings. I have photos, but as an employee, I am prohibited from posting them here. IT IS SPECTACULAR to see it up close. So, come on down and see a show, look or ask for me, and as a paying guest, I’ll give you a short history. PLEASE change seating count to 3,398. Thank You and I’ll see you at Kings Theatre. TODAY the Loew’s Kings Theatre turns 87 years old. Happy Birthday to my baby!

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 18, 2016 at 1:40 pm

I saw a show there soon after it opened and one difference between seeing the photos here and actually being there is that it is not as well lit in person. The house lights and lobby lights are down (at half?) as the patrons enter the building and the auditorium, as they should be. But this means that all the restoration work is not as eye-popping because the house is not lit for photo-taking but is lit for actual use, which means the show is the star and not the theater.

Of course it is still magnificent but in an elegant, more subdued way.

Do they have the houselights on full for the tours?

Orlando on August 18, 2016 at 1:24 pm

The tours are not worth the price and travel. New management have no idea of the neighborhood or the “history of the Loew’s Kings”. They only discuss the renovation of the KIngs Theatre. The tours are also very short. Instead of the tour, come and see a show and view the theatre at the same time. It’s the best way. Beleive me, I know!

Orlando on August 18, 2016 at 1:17 pm

The screen for Star Wars was 30' wide and 17' tall. As a kid I remember it as 36' wide and 20' tall. Yet, it looked great.

markp on August 11, 2016 at 4:24 pm

walterk, I am trying to co-ordinate with my wife to take one of these tours in the coming months. We shall see.

walterk on August 11, 2016 at 3:41 pm

Mike (saps), I stand corrected. I had looked at the Kings website as recently as June to see if there were tours (I was visiting the area most of July) and didn’t find any information then, so I thought when a Facebook announcement on Monday said they were “kicking off our monthly tours today”, it was something new.

What I was looking for when I found the tour info was the pricing for the Star Wars Trilogy, which was a topic here. As tickets were no longer being sold, all I could find was an article that mentioned tickets started at $55, which would be for a balcony seat and the price that was mentioned in a comment above. One person commented to the article that with ticketmaster charges, two advance tickets came to $131.

I’m hoping my next visit to NYC this December coincides with at least one of the tour dates that month, that would be a holiday treat!

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 9, 2016 at 2:22 pm

I think they have been giving tours for some time now, about twice a month…evenings, weekends, different schedules. Their e-mailings give the dates and times.

walterk on August 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm

markp, believe it or not, today is the first public tour of the Kings, cost $15.00. This is going to be a regular event, there are 2 more tours later this month, one an evening event with a glass of wine. That might cost more. You can get more details by clicking the link to the Kings website on this page.