Kings Theatre

1027 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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BobbyS on March 15, 2014 at 7:09 pm

You are so right Life’s Too Short. Stadium seating is really something. That would leave me to believe showing films might be in the future. The Uptown Theatre in Chicago which is trying to find funding to re-open is reported to have said their intenion is to remove all seats from the first floor and make it a dance club/theatre. The King’s sounds like the people in charge know what they are doing…I too hope the community is behind this beautiful place and will support it over the years…

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 15, 2014 at 6:30 pm

They are putting in stadium seating? That’s really first-class. I hope the community rallies around the Kings and makes of good use of it. Not every city is lucky enough to have a facility of this caliber.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 7, 2014 at 7:18 am

I also noticed the omission of films in the proposed line-up. I do hope they are installing projection equipment as well as theatrical lighting, sound, etc.

I’m also curious about the stadium seating. Will it rise as high as the first mezzanine, perhaps incorporating it? Can’t wait to find out…!

johndereszewski on March 7, 2014 at 7:05 am

Luis and LM, thanks so much for this very encouraging article.

It appears that the new management of the Kings is taking a prudent and level headed approach as to how they will market the theater once it re-opens. Given the disappointing experience that befell the Bronx Paradise, this is a very important consideration that will hopefully work out for the better in Brooklyn.

Finally, although it is not mentioned in the article, I hope that the restored Kings will possess the facilities to present an ocasional movie ot two. It would really be great to experience viewing a classic film in this envoronment. Such special events would also probably draw capacity crowds.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 7, 2014 at 7:01 am

To create a link, first copy the web address you wish to link to and put it in brackets [like.this] and right next to it put some words that will be in blue in parentheses (like this) then hit Add Comment and you should be done.

I try to remember the order of the bracket and parentheses by alphabetic order — “b” as in bracket comes before “p” as in parentheses.

LuisV on March 7, 2014 at 6:35 am

Thanks Lost Memory! Can you please tell me how to create that link myself? Many thanks! Luis

markp on March 6, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Thanks LuisV and Lost Memory. This old timer isn’t too good with that copy and paste and all that stuff. All greek to me. The story and photos are great. She’s gonna be a beauty when they’re done.

LuisV on March 6, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Have you tried to just copy and paste the link rather than click on it. That should work. The photos are beautiful.

markp on March 6, 2014 at 8:48 am

LuisV, for some reason (I don’t know why), so many links, including the one above in your last post don’t work for me. Im not sure if its my computer or what. I would love to read the article and keep tabs on the project.

LuisV on March 6, 2014 at 8:38 am

To all the naysayers, this $94MM restoration and expansion is happening and may actually be ahead of schedule. :–) According to this article in The Brooklyn Paper, the rejuvenated theater may open as early as this November! A tidbit I didn’t know was happening is that the theater will have “stadium” seating to provide better viewing for all.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on December 20, 2013 at 8:37 am

Goldman Sachs is involved? Nobody is happier than I am to see this happening. But it still isn’t clear to me how the deal came together.

BobbyS on November 13, 2013 at 9:30 am

Thanks for the wonderful photos. It is really happening. What a thrill it will be to see it when it comes back to life. Wish all the grand movie palaces had the same dedication.

BobbyS on October 21, 2013 at 8:20 am

Has the old marquee been removed yet? Anybody know.

BobbyS on October 17, 2013 at 7:27 pm

That is a good question..I bet Tinseltoes would know. I would say mid 1940’s when neon became big. I thought the present one was a bit bland…One size fits all. Chicago was much more creative when it came to modern signage.

matt11209 on October 17, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Does anyone know when the marquee changed from the deco curved one to the present rectangular one?

DavidDymond on September 11, 2013 at 5:42 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DOROTHY!! I have seen pictures of you in BOXOFFICE magazine and I saw you in the movie that was made about the Loew’s Kings Theater in 1979. Loew’s was lucky to have a person of your calibre as one of their Managers!! AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BIRTHDAY!!!

markp on September 11, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Thanks Stephenvb.

sgreenberg on September 2, 2013 at 11:30 am

It is my great pleasure to pass the word that Dorothy Panzica (nee Solomon) is about to turn 100 years old! She was the manager of the Kings when it closed and for some time before that as well. She is also my great aunt. I have many great memories of the theater and the person I’ve always referred to as the “Queen of the Kings”.

I know that many others who visit here remember her and I’d like to invite anyone who would like to wish her a Happy Birthday to post a comment here or send an email to queenofthekings at stuartistry dot com. I’ll be sure to pass all the comments on to her.


stevenj on August 24, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Thanks Mike (saps) – worked like a charm.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 23, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Put the word you wish to highlight,such as “Here” or another word directing the reader, in brackets [ ] and then right next to it (no spaces) put the link in parenthesis ( ) and when you post your comment the word in brackets should be blue and when clicked on it will lead to the link provided in the parenthesis.

It’s hard to remember which comes first, so I remember it alphabetically, that is, the Bracket comes before the Parenthesis (B before P, see?)

markp on August 23, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Thanks HowardBHaas. Unfortunately Im not very computer savvy, so I will have to try and get my daughter to do that cut and paste thing if she has time.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 23, 2013 at 8:54 am

Here’s the direct link to the NY1 report, but it seems you must be a Time Warner subscriber to play the video. (And they spelled marquee as marquis and I don’t see a way to submit a correction!)

HowardBHaas on August 22, 2013 at 8:02 pm

markp, sorry, extra steps need be taken to make the links auto links, so most of them you will need to please copy & paste into your browser in order to see the articles.

Brooklynboy43 on August 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm

I had the opportunity to be inside the theater several months ago. The renovations are really going strong, but much to do. The grand staircase, as well as the side one brought back many memories. Although the candy counter is gone, some of the old red velvet curtains still hang. The theater itself is under major demolition and construction. It’s amazing!

markp on August 22, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Why is it I click onto so many of these links and nothing happens???