Kings Theatre

1027 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on April 17, 2014 at 7:29 pm

Just posted a shot of the auditorium during renovation in the photos section.

sam siklas
sam siklas on April 10, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Once the restoration project has progressed far enough, the New York Theater Organ Society will begin the process of re-installing a Robert Morton Wonder organ into the Kings. The console used will be the original which was installed the year the theater opened in 1929. With the King’s smaller mezzanine/large main floor seating area, the Morton will have a nicely open area to speak into – it should be a “Wonder” to hear it!

BobbyS on March 19, 2014 at 9:29 pm

The beautiful Rialto Theatre in Joliet, Il. does a very brisk business in weddings. I am there once a month on a Sunday and many times the marquee still spells out from the day before. Example: “A Love Story” starring the names of the couple who just wed. The theatre has many packages that include catering, flowers etc. all from local Joliet businesses. Some use the lobby alone, many use both lobby & stage & Barton organ. They do reach out and lobby the theater rental. You are right Lifes Too Short, management has to be creative & pro-active in these times for a successful operation.

Scott on March 19, 2014 at 8:08 pm

“Tax dollars are supposed to be spent on projects that make taxpayer’s lives better.”

Right. And that definition provides an umbrella under which politicians justify just about anything.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 19, 2014 at 7:54 pm

I think there are two keys to future success: 1) support of the government and 2) creative and intelligent management.

Obviously they have number 1 or the project never would have gotten done. Hopefully number 2 will materialize.

There are so many ways a building of this size and grandeur can be used. One example is for weddings. Several old theaters I am aware of seem to be benefiting from that. My hope is that they will hire a manager who understands and has the hustle to go out and form business relationships.

If they just sit there and wait for big bookings to roll in I’m not sure things will work out very well. Nationwide it seems like there is competition for business and I doubt New York City is an exception.

I’m also not sure they can expect it to be strictly profitable all the time. It may be. But if it isn’t every year and still adds to the community that really isn’t a bad thing. Tax dollars are supposed to be spent on projects that make taxpayer’s lives better.

BobbyS on March 16, 2014 at 2:09 am

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 16, 2014 at 1:30 am

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 3:18 pm

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 3:05 pm

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 3:01 pm

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 2:35 pm

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

markp on March 7, 2014 at 2:24 am

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 11:14 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 4:48 pm

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 4:38 pm

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 4:37 pm

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 5:30 pm

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 4:20 pm

Has the old marquee been removed yet? Anybody know.

BobbyS on October 18, 2013 at 3:27 am

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 10:21 pm

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

DavidDymond on September 12, 2013 at 1:42 am

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 10:37 pm

Thanks Stephenvb.

sgreenberg on September 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm

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 8:06 pm

Thanks Mike (saps) – worked like a charm.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 24, 2013 at 5:38 am

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?)