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I like the theatre’s stained glass exit signs and brass rails. These proove it is an older house (theatrical term) and beautiful. Furthermore, where else do you see brass rails in the 2010s?
I would like to encourage more people to go there and see a show. I would also like for them to contribute to the restoration fund. I ushered there during a storm and parts of the roof leak (lol) However, it is a beautiful theatre or theater and should remain.
Actually, the building dates back to 1863, which happens to be the same year as the Battle of Gettysburg. I wonder if that’s where people got news of the battle.
The good news is that it is slated to reopen as a performance venue next year, it’s been a long time since I’ve been on this site
What would you all think about contacting that performing arts center? The theater here in Patchogue gets help from the Gateway Playhouse. If they can show some interest then that is the better for us. Being part of the college, they are probably not for profit.
You must also consider the number of times that a restoration has boosted a neighborhood. In the 1970s and 1980s, the South Beach section of Miami was a bunch of run down and vacant hotels. Suddenly, one person had the idea of renovating one of the historic hotels and others followed. Today it is one of the top travel destinations in the world. The restoration of the Kings may just be the boost that Flatbush needs.
I may add that the Kings was a place where future giants of show business worked as ushers. Barbra Streisand, Sylvester Stallone, and Henry Winkler walked its aisles as their first job. Not many other theaters can make that claim. Ben Vereen, whose mother worked in the basement, danced on the stage there. When it comes down to it, this theater has a historical background in American popular culture.
You are correct. These theaters are being used for many performance purposes like concerts. I can name two offhand, the Patchogue Center for the Performing Arts in Patchogue, New York, and the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This is a feasible idea.
Wait a minute here, but there are those of us former Brooklynites who live such places as Long Island. I say that if we are willing to take a trip into Junior’s for the Cheesecake and Nathan’s for the hot dogs we will be willing to take a trip to the Kings. It will be our theater forever, no matter where we go.
IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE!!!!!!!!!! As you can see I was the last person to add something here and that was nine days ago, almost ten.
The only thing I can say is that I hope it comes through
Many people remember the Kings. If you can find someone in the restoration field that actually does then they may be interested. Another possibility is Castle Construction in Queens, since the company, I believe, is restoring the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead and a Brooklyn hotel. The Suffolk, like the Kings, is a former vaudeville house. You may want to also contact the Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts, another former vaudeville and movie house in Patchogue, New York, to see what company did the restoration there. That only closed for a few years, but it was multiplexed before the closing.
Boy am I glad to have Bruce 1 back, and that is not sarcasm folks. I can easily see this as both a performance space and, possibly even a television studio. Then again, my degrees are in theater and broadcasting. Either way, let’s hope they keep the inside. One should not change something that once had beauty.
What’s the latest? Is that corporation thinking of renovation?
Our work may be cut out for us folks, and those pictures Tony really make that statement, they’re great.
I hope that tour leads to a possible affirmative answer for restoration. As a theater major and nostalgia buff I hope for two things. One of them is the restoration of this grand lady and the other is for the World’s Fair to Return to Flushing Meadow. Getting the parachute jump operating would be another one, though I don’t ever remember it when it was operational. I may have been out of the loop for a while, but I never gave up hope that the marquis on Flatbush Avenue near the Flatbush Sears would light again. I may now start praying.
is there anybody out there!!!
This was my first time in months on this page and there is not a reply to anything. I want this theater open.
All joking aside, I would like to say that a grand dame like the Kings should be open for all those to see. It was a vaudeville house so it should be suited for something other than a movie theater.
GO FER IT!!!!!
I forgot to tell the site to notify me, so I’m writing again
I may not have been on this site for a while, but I feel that Markowitz is right. This old queen of a theater should be reopen
I think you should all know, and I don’t know if it’s mentioned here, that there is a documentary on the Loew’s Kings on you tube.
I assume this was the one in town. I live on Long Island in New York (like most people don’t know where Long Island is). My second cousin wanted to see the movie Gettysburg in Gettysburg. So, in a brief moment of insanity, we drove her down to this theater to see that movie. We entered as the movie started and, once the movie was over, we drove back. We have made many trips to Gettysburg and toured the battlefield many times, but this was, by far, the shortest since most lasted a few days. We will see you guys down there this weekend, and we plan to spend the night.
I just hope he does something. Brooklyn could use a real entertainment center, and, being an old vaudeville house, the Kings could do.
I would also like to be kept informed on this.