Kings Theatre

1027 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on September 18, 2015 at 11:56 pm

No, that’s not what happened with the organ. It was donated to ATOS, and ACE bought it from them. Once more funds are available it will be reinstalled in the theater. However, due to a modern HVAC system taking over one of the organ chambers, it will not have organ pipes, but will be a digital organ.

BobbyS on September 18, 2015 at 11:50 pm

Didn’t the ACE people predict shows 300 nights a year? It could never have happened. No theater is that busy. One only has to look at Radio City to see that. Great idea to put up a screen and show films. TCM should be interested…What about installing the donated organ that once played there…Owners refused the offer!!

theatrefan on September 17, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Looking at the schedule of events here, they seem to have a great deal of gaps between certain shows. Wouldn’t it be great if they got some donated projection equipment and a screen and do some sort of classic film programming here? Perhaps they could even entice TCM as a corporate sponsor and have Robert Osborne host this series as a companion to the regular cable channel. I think it would be better than just having this magnificent theatre sit dark, unoccupied and empty in the long stretches in between the regular live programming. Plus people would be exposed to seeing some of the greatest films ever made by Hollywood, in a grand movie palace that was designed to showcase them. If the Jersey & 175th can do it, why can’t the Kings?

BobbyS on July 21, 2015 at 1:31 pm

The Coranado theatre marquee in rockford once was struck and ripped open by a truck passing too close after the theatre was re-opened. Guess it isn’t too hard if the driver is distracted and doesn’t realize the size of his truck and how close he may be. And this was before cell phones!

theatrefan on July 21, 2015 at 12:15 pm

The new marquee is exactly to the edge of the sidewalk, so these truck drivers are not driving as carefully as they should.

MarkDHite on July 21, 2015 at 11:39 am

How are trucks hitting the marquee? Does it extend past the sidewalk?

theatrefan on July 21, 2015 at 11:06 am

They can also put poles on the sidewalk underneath the marquee to keep the trucks away, the Kent has them. I don’t think the 1949 marquee was dinged up as much, but it was much better constructed.

robboehm on July 21, 2015 at 9:56 am

You’d think they’d set them back from the road a bit.

theatrefan on July 21, 2015 at 8:18 am

Apparently a truck hit the marquee again, the Kings name on the front of it is no longer lit, hope they fix it soon.

theatrefan on June 30, 2015 at 8:28 am

The old vertical stayed on for a very long time, I remember taking pictures of it around 2000. Although the neon letters were off, you could still make out the outline of the former LOEW’S name. I would assume when the Terra Cotta got fixed, they would have to make sure the support structure underneath would have to be up to code as well.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 28, 2015 at 5:22 pm

I’ve heard the steel support work at the Jersey is too far gone to reinstall their vertical sign at present. I suppose that might be one positive thing to come from a big time company taking over, though I don’t generally care for the idea. I wonder what condition the support structure at the Kings is in?

BobbyS on June 23, 2015 at 2:36 am

LuisV is right. A neon/bulb vertical is the finishing touch that a theatre needs. The show really does begin with the signage outfront!

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 18, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Hey fellas, I wasn’t thinking that, I was just quoting Orlando.

I actually WANT to see a new vertical sign installed, lighting up Flatbush Avenue and visible from blocks away!

LuisV on June 18, 2015 at 11:01 am

Mike, I full hear what you are saying and I would like to agree, but……..there is nothing that says “Theatre” than a Blade! I want a Blade to return to the Kings and also to the Loew’s Jersey.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 17, 2015 at 2:48 pm

I know what you mean Mike. That terra cotta makes a really nice presentation. But the Kings doesn’t feel finished without a vertical sign.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 16, 2015 at 11:15 pm

On February 14, 2015, Orlando wrote: “A new replica of the vertical sign will read K I N G S with Theatre below it when it is installed at a later date. Personally, I think I would like to see the terra cotta without any sign on it.”

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 16, 2015 at 9:17 pm

They spent so many millions on this (and it looks great, I’m not complaining). But after all that why not spend a little more to put in a new vertical marquee? Does anyone know the story behind that?

Robbie25646 on June 9, 2015 at 10:55 am

tntim, Thank you for posting the link to Loew’s Wonder theatres, a wonderful example of what can be done to save the theatres of yesteryear.

tntim on June 4, 2015 at 9:24 am

If you have not seen this episode of the Blueprint NYC series devoted to the Loew’s Wonder Theaters that was aired on April 7th, here is a direct link. It really is worth watching. Link

MarkDHite on May 5, 2015 at 11:16 am

Here’s a link to interesting interview with Dornin in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in 1931. There are nice photos of her face and in Loew’s Ohio in Columbus OH. Very interesting to learn that her professional association was not so much with Loew’s as with Thomas Lamb, gradually taking greater responsibility over the years for the decor and construction of the theaters he designed.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on May 4, 2015 at 10:49 am

No, thank you for clearing that up.

MarkDHite on May 4, 2015 at 10:46 am

Thanks Matt. I’ve never seen it spelled any other way but you are absolutely correct. Anne Dornin. Her married name was Anne D. Scudamore. Her obit can be found in the NYT on Sept 18, 1960. That explains a lot. Thanks again.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on May 4, 2015 at 9:52 am

Mark – How sure are you about her name being spelled with an “a”? I’ve only seen Dornan used in captions, but I read an interview with her about her work with Loew’s Inc that spelled it Dornin.

MarkDHite on May 2, 2015 at 10:18 pm

And, for what it’s worth, Ann Dornan ( with an a ) was the name of the decorator who worked for Loew’s in the late 1920s.

MarkDHite on May 2, 2015 at 10:14 pm

For an old theatre, or any historic place, to survive decades of neglect and to be revived in splendor, two basic things need to have happened. One, there need to have been selfless volunteers to spend hundreds and thousands of hours to keep the building alive for years and years when no one else cared. This first group is almost solely motivated by love for the place and the community. Two, there need to be powerful politicians, fundraisers and entrepreneurs to get the huge amounts of $$$$ and combine those with the right expertise to make a restoration happen. Naturally enough, the second group get all of the headlines and awards. But without the first group no restoration would or could ever have happened. They tend to be forgotten, but deserve the accolades just as much as the politicians for making it all happen.