Kings Theatre

1027 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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ZiegfeldMan on January 7, 2012 at 5:00 am

Hi Bobby:

I can hardly wait either. I thoroughly agree with DJM78 (Hello to you to sir, and thank you for your service as one of NY’s Finest.) In (about) 1986, I toured the Kings with a local Flatbush Historical Society and was in awe. What this was and what is could be again. That’s 25 years ago.

I aways had the same feeling about the “infamous” 42nd Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. Through the stops and starts, look what it and Times Square have become. I always tell younger peop[e (I’m 61) , if you want to know what it was, sit and watch a double feature of “Midnight Cowboy” and “Taxi Driver.” To me the New Amsterdam is the most beautiful theatre I have ever seen, and I know what that was—there is a marvelous “coffee table” book about that theatre that shows all the “before and after” pictures.

The Kings will be wonderful. Somewhere above, somebody mentioned that the original Morton organ is being returned from private hands.

Bobby, you and I will probably not be invited for opening night, that’s for the VIP’s. But I guarantee you that we will be there for opening week. We’ll have a celebratory drink together.

Happy New Year to all,

The Ziegfeldman (Gary)

BobbyS on January 6, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I wonder if the Kings is on schedule to re-open in 2014? Only two years away and I can hardly wait!!!

EcRocker on November 15, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Glad to see this project is getting off the ground. It’s only to bad NYU who has a ton of money demolished the Academy of Music on 14th st and built a dormatory

BobbyS on November 15, 2011 at 9:36 am

Tinseltoes, you’re the tops! Thanks

BobbyS on September 14, 2011 at 7:44 am

Thanks! Kings was a better choice..

CSWalczak on September 14, 2011 at 4:31 am

It is probably a reference to Samuel J. Tilden, once a governor of New York and a presidential aspirant. Fort Tilden State Park and a number of other institutions in Brooklyn and Queens are named for him.

BobbyS on September 13, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Why Tilden? Is that a name of a person? Or a place?

HerbS on September 13, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Seems that the original name for the Loews Kings was the Loews Tilden. Map from 1929 shows it thus.

Syraflix on September 13, 2011 at 1:36 am

Another of the last movies run there in June 1977 was Exorcist II – The Heretic.

BobbyS on September 6, 2011 at 11:24 pm

I only hope by the time 2014 comes around the US ecomomy improves. Otherwise at 50+ dollars a seat, it might be hard to fill the theatre seats night after night being more of a threat than TV in the 1950’s.

dfc on August 31, 2011 at 1:51 pm

The old PBS documentary of the Loews Kings “Memoirs of a movie palace” is available for viewing only, not borrowing, at the:

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

40 Lincoln Center Plaza New York, NY 10023-7498 (917) 275-6975

More info:

RobertR on August 17, 2011 at 10:25 am

It has never been updated in the opening but the theatre was reopened again after Loew’s on 2 occasions as an independent, if you read back I posted the information a few years ago.

BobbyS on August 12, 2011 at 10:09 am

Wonderful to see it beginning to unfold. Loved the video! Many thanks..

TLSLOEWS on August 12, 2011 at 9:34 am

Nice update,thanks for posting.

BobbyS on July 25, 2011 at 7:11 am

May I suggest Cinema Treasure name tags with our names. I expect it to be as exciting as it was years ago when the theater opened its doors for the first time. Actually more exciting because so many palaces were opening in the 1920’s it was “common” to see what one would outdo the other. This will be a real Phoenix rising from the ashes!

LuisV on July 25, 2011 at 5:49 am

What exciting news! I too expect to be there for opening night. Perhaps we will all get to meet each other then? :–)

BobbyS on July 24, 2011 at 9:07 pm

It is indeed confirmed fact. The organ was removed from the home in Il. and is on its way to Oklahoma before being shipped out east. I can hardly wait to attend the re-opening in 2014. That will quite a night!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 24, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Hey Bobby… Thanks for sharing. Is that a confirmed fact? If so, perhaps the stars are truly in alignment for this old gal! Terrific news!

BobbyS on July 24, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Just heard the organ that graced the theater at the opening was just returned to the Loew’s Kings from the owner in Illinois. It will be shipped to Oklahoma for a restoration before coming home to the King’s. Isn’t that great news?

BobbyS on June 12, 2011 at 5:49 am

Has anyone seen any progress yet? I would think major things are happining at this point to be ready for a 2014 opening.

BobbyS on April 14, 2011 at 8:10 am

I didn’t realize the Brookyln Paramount was stilled owned and used by the college. I agree with Scott. It is a real gem and would be thrilling to see it once again returned to all of her glory!

kong1911 on April 14, 2011 at 6:59 am

To LuisV, There will be a One Credit Course/Conference at the old Brooklyn Paramount tomorrow, April 15 that is open and free to the public. We’ll see if there is any talk re: the above. For more info see the Brooklyn Paramount page.

LuisV on April 14, 2011 at 5:45 am

BobbyS, I have a lot of hope for the Brooklyn Paramount. First, it is owned by a local college and not a for profit business. Second, downtown Brooklyn is fast becoming one of NY’s prime arts districts. There is so much development going on. I expect this theater to ultimately be renovated. Brooklyn has 2.6MM people. There is room for 2 restored palaces. :–)

BobbyS on April 13, 2011 at 10:52 pm

The brass plaque of Marcus Loew is in the upper lobby of Loews Lincoln Square theater in Ny upper west side. All their auditoriums are named after famous Loews theaters in NY. Of course now its called AMC Loews Lincoln Square. At least AMC had the guts to keep the Loews name. Scott, you are right Joe’s love was the Paradise and would have loved to usher there but was too young. I never saw him at the Marbro either. I moved in 1960. The Brookyln Paramount was in excellent shape ten years ago when I visited. Alot better than the King’s and would not take much to bring it back to life. But I doubt if anyone would want too with the Loew’s Kings being in the news so much and with all the talk of a new life.

WilliamMcQuade on April 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm

When the Triboro went down, I wonder what happened to the brass plaque with his likeness on it that was on the lobby wall. I think this may have been in all his theaters