Kings Theatre

1027 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm

BobbyS, Yes Loews is still around,just not in the theatre business,they still have their hotels one of them being the Loews Vanderbilt Plaza Hotel here in Nashville.Any new word on the rehab of the Loews Kings anyone?

BobbyS
BobbyS on February 3, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Thanks for the update on Loew’s Kings. Sounds so good. Do you think there is a chance Barbra Streisand would actually might do a concert there in 2014? Maybe the first show as a fund-raiser? Also is there a Loews company anymore? I know they were bought or merged with AMC theatres. I look so forward to attending a show at the Kings. I must go to something at the Loews Paradise. Do they still call it Loews Paradise or just Paradise?

Oceana
Oceana on February 3, 2011 at 2:57 pm

from today;s NY POST:

LONG LIVE KINGS OF FLATBUSH

Plans to turn Brooklyn’s biggest movie theater — the once-majestic Loews Kings in Flatbush — into “the next Apollo” should become reality by 2014, officials say.
Borough President Marty Markowitz is expected to announce during his State of the Borough address tonight that architects and contractors have finally begun site-preparation work on the city’s $70 million plan to restore the 82-year-old historic jewel to its former glory. The theater, which seats 3,195, closed its doors in 1978.
Construction is set to begin next year.
Markowitz â€" who has led a community effort to restore the theater â€" says in prepared remarks that when complete, the site will be “a state-of-the-art, 21st century performance venue” and “the pride of Flatbush and all of Brooklyn.”

Part of the Loews Kings' legacy is its A-list of former employees — among them Barbra Streisand and Sylvester Stallone, who worked as ushers.
It’s also where Markowitz attended high-school graduation and took his first date.
After decades of failed attempts to rejuvenate the site, the city last year tapped Houston-based ACE Theatrical Group to restore the historic theater to its original French-Renaissance-style, so that ACE could present up to 250 concerts, theatrical performances and community events annually.

LuisV
LuisV on February 3, 2011 at 2:41 pm

To all of the naysayers, the Brooklyn Borough President will announce tonight during his State of the Borough address that site prep work has begun and full restoration will begin next year with a 2014 opening of this $70MM project! YAY!!!!!!

News clip from Curbed.com below:

In the long life of Brooklyn’s neglected Loew’s Kings Theater, which shuttered in 1978, a year is practically nothing. So fans can start getting excited right about now for the theater’s restoration and reopening as a performance venue. The site prep work for the Flatbush project has begun, Brooklyn Borough Prez Marty Markowitz is expected to tell the world in tonight’s State of the Borough address, and construction on the $70M project should start next year, right on (the delayed version of the) schedule. The venue could ultimately host 250 events per year.

BobbyS
BobbyS on January 30, 2011 at 12:00 am

That is correct. That is where I heard it. The console is beautiful and sounds fabulous. I am sure he would sell to the people who are refurbishing the Kings and perhaps a deal could be struck. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see the original wonder organ back in its home?
Lets hope they can come to terms…

TonyM10036
TonyM10036 on January 29, 2011 at 9:25 am

A note about the organ. The original organ, which was stored by the city when it was removed from the theater, was mostly lost and/or stolen. The only piece that remained was its console which is now owned by Paul and Linda Van Der Molen of Wheaton Illinois. It does control 26 ranks of pipes and is almost identical in specification to the original Kings instrument.

BobbyS
BobbyS on January 28, 2011 at 2:48 am

The only problem I can see regarding the parking at Loew’s Kings is the lack of it. I do not know how safe the neighborhood is at night for the thousands of people it would take to fill the theater to walk to from their cars. I know here in Chicago, The Uptown has a public parking lot a block away. I really don’t know what the safety factor would be. There was talk of buying the businesses across from the Uptown to build a large parking lot for the theater project if it ever came to be. A great theater needs a great parking arrangement. Thanks again for the great links.

BobbyS
BobbyS on January 27, 2011 at 12:36 am

I’ll be there also. Re-opening night at the King’s. Sounds like a dream! Thanks all for the information everybody. The original wonder organ sits in a home in a suburb of Chicago. I have heard it played many times and is the most ornate, beautiful cream colored music machine I have ever seen. I understand it is for sale and maybe, just maybe Ace would buy it and once again it would thrill the masses once more!!

ZiegfeldMan
ZiegfeldMan on January 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Dear Ken:

Thank you for your detailed and informative update. As someone who is completely enthralled by the redevelopment of the Kings, I’m anxiously waiting for the work to begin….and to be there opening night. Well, I probably won’t be invited, so let’s make it the next night. This is even more exciting than the New Amsterdam revival in 1997. I was there on the second or third night for “King David,” and returned for both “The Lion King” and “Mary Poppins.”

Oceana
Oceana on January 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm

For some reason that top link I just posted might not work. Here’s the body of the info:

Update on Loew’s Kings Theatre
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

It’s been about a year since the city announced firm plans to restore the Loew’s Kings Theatre on Flatbush Avenue near Beverley Road. With three years left to make the proposed 2014 opening, let’s see how the project is progressing.

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, in coordination with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) late last month. The draft EIS is an extensive survey of the project and its potential impact on the neighborhood. Major points include:

  • A portion of the block of East 22nd Street between Tilden Avenue and Duryea Place would be demapped and closed to traffic permanently to accommodate an expansion of the theater’s stagehouse, back-of-house support areas, and loading areas into the street to support live theater events.

  • As part of the expansion and modernization, the total square footage will increase from 66,230 square feet to approximately 101,970 square feet. The renovated theater would maintain a similar seating capacity as the existing theater by providing up to approximately 3,600 seats. It will be the largest indoor theater in Brooklyn.

  • The developer and operator, ACE Theatrical Group of Houston, TX, will host up to approximately 200 performances a year, including music, dance, cabaret, and comedy performances, catering heavily to local interests.

  • The building will be nominated to the State and National Registers of Historic Places and is seeking federal historic tax credits, thereby ensuring that the proposed repair and alterations are in compliance with various state and federal historic rehabilitation guidelines.

  • Traffic will be impacted before and after performances, but this isn’t the Atlantic Yardsâ€"the proposed project is expected to generate approximately 922 vehicle trips in the Saturday midday and evening arrival peak hours, and 1,092 vehicle trips in the Saturday midday departure peak hour. They are not adding a parking facility, but there are two within a block of the site that would be used for event parking. One is the Sears parking lot, and the other is the rooftop lot located above the Stop & Shop/Old Navy complex.

  • They anticipate as many as 292 subway passenger trips would be assigned to at least one subway line (Q/B at Beverly or Church or the 2/5 at Beverley), but they figure there is no potential for impact at this level of passengers on a Saturday, so no quantitative subway analysis was performed.

There is a public hearing tonight at 6:30pm at the Flatbush Public Library to address comments on the draft EIS. After receiving comments, they will finalize the EIS.

The NYCEDC tells us that they expect the design process to begin in February, and so far, everything is proceeding as planned for a 2014 opening.

BobbyS
BobbyS on December 26, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Someone took me into the Kings in 1990. We were on the look-out for rats living there. Didn’t find any. But a few pigeon sightings were welcome. If this Ace group was responsible for the Chicago Theater, it remains alot to be said. This was not a first-class re-hab. I think the walls were only washed down. No repainting that I could see, certaintly not like the Rialto Theater in Joliet, IL. or the Oriental in Chicago both of them gleams with rich colors! 70 million
dollars sounds right if it is to be done right. But to quote a line from GWTW, “Asking ain’t Gett'in”.

Bway
Bway on December 25, 2010 at 7:29 pm

That is a pretty impressive auditorium. Was that build originally as a theater, and if so what theater?

BobbyS
BobbyS on December 25, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Hi Scott….. Its Me!!!!! Merry Christmas to you. I visited the King’s twenty years ago and it was a very strange experience. Dark and scary, but still a wonder for me. I wonder if the restoration has began!!!!!!!

ERD
ERD on December 25, 2010 at 11:28 am

Architectually, the Kings is far superior to the auditorium of Broolyn Tech. I don’t know how the two can really be compared. As far as rehabiliting the Kings, that remains to be seen. It certainly would become a treasure for many generations to enjoy.

2brooklyncats
2brooklyncats on December 24, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Album of photos taken at Brooklyn Tech Auditorium 2009-2010

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Just registered. Have been reading the site for quite some time and wondering why the links posted by Harris (who clearly has so much information to share) do not work, or at least they are not working for me.

Thanks.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 1, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Any word on whats going on at this theatre?

spectrum
spectrum on September 27, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Some articles about the upcoming restoration by ACE Theatrical Group:

http://nyrej.com/38524

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Ace Theatrical Group’s website: www.acetheatricalgroup.com (just a stub at present)

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Older article:

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TonyM10036
TonyM10036 on August 11, 2010 at 9:19 am

The last time I was there I asked about those hanging cables. Many are for lights. Remember the building has little working power. There is one electrical panel near the managers office off the lobby that is working and all of the power to light the auditorium comes from there. Also there is a fire alarm system that was installed, those account for the red wires hanging all over the place. I’m not saying this is gospel, just what I was told.

ZiegfeldMan
ZiegfeldMan on August 10, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Let’s keep this dialogue going!!!!!!!!!

ZiegfeldMan
ZiegfeldMan on August 10, 2010 at 1:16 pm

There is a beautiful book on the New Amsterdam published when the theater reopened:

NEW AMSTERDAM, THE: THE BIOGRAPHY OF A BROADWAY THEATER

still available on Amazon and worth the price. That theater was in far worse shape, as detailed in before/after shots. It shows you what the Kings can be.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 9, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Bruce those murals are most likely in some city employees home or sold off.Never trust those guys.

Bruce1
Bruce1 on August 9, 2010 at 7:51 am

Scott,
You forget that the City of New York owned this theater since 1979 and they forgot everything including any kind of decent security. Also they weren’t very interested in adding a new roof!!

Former Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden (with a little prompting) saw the need for
that new roof. But then again, what happened to the 3 murals on either side of the auditorium?
Somehow under the City’s watchful eye they were meticulously removed!

Bruce1
Bruce1 on August 9, 2010 at 7:51 am

Scott,
You forget that the City of New York owned this theater since 1979 and they forgot everything including any kind of decent security. Also they weren’t very interested in adding a new roof!!

Former Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden (with a little prompting) saw the need for
that new roof. But then again, what happened to the 3 murals on either side of the auditorium?
Somehow under the City’s watchful eye they were meticulously removed!

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on August 8, 2010 at 8:23 pm

It seems like they got to this place before it really went to hell. the devastation seems limited to the right auditorium side-wall. The rest seems to be in relatively good shape.