Kings Theatre

1027 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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markp
markp on January 28, 2015 at 9:57 pm

@Jeffrey1955, yours are cut off to the right also. Maybe its my screen setting. @Matt Lambros, thanks so much. My wife and I hope to make it.

GaryCohen
GaryCohen on January 28, 2015 at 9:10 pm

I am so excited about this theaters reopening. I went there many times during the 1960s and ‘70s. Among the many films I saw there were John Wayne in True Grit, Clint Eastwood in Kelly’s Heroes and Kirk Douglas in The Brotherhood. My high school graduation was held in the Loews Kings.
For years my express bus from Brooklyn to Manhattan turned about a block from the Kings. I would see this beautiful theater boarded up and always dreaded it being torn down. I had always hoped that someone would take over and reopen this magnificent theater.
Now I look forward to seeing a concert there and letting the wonderful memories wash over me. Wouldn’t it also be great if they could reshow many of the epic films that played there? That would almost be too much to hope for.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on January 28, 2015 at 3:58 pm

Mark – Yes there is a community open house tour at the Kings on Feb 7th. You can find more info about it here: Open House at the Kings

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on January 28, 2015 at 3:56 pm

? LuisV’s comment is not cut off on my computer. It says: Here is a great link to some incredible photographs of the fully restored Loew’s Kings Theatre! FREE Tours to the public will be offered on Saturday, February 7th from 12:00 – 4:00 PM! I can’t wait to see it for myself! http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/01/26/behold_brooklyns_magnificently_restored_kings_theatre.php#more

markp
markp on January 28, 2015 at 3:48 pm

LuisV, your comment above is cut off to the right. What is going on Saturday Feb 7th? Is it a tour of the theate?? I would love to go if it is.

HenrySchmidt
HenrySchmidt on January 28, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Tiny URL: http://tinyurl.com/mktrhc7

Be sure to enlarge each photo! It’s really spectacular.

LuisV
LuisV on January 26, 2015 at 11:50 pm

Here is a great link to some incredible photographs of the fully restored Loew’s Kings Theatre! FREE Tours to the public will be offered on Saturday, February 7th from 12:00 – 4:00 PM! I can’t wait to see it for myself! http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/01/26/behold_brooklyns_magnificently_restored_kings_theatre.php#more

TheALAN
TheALAN on January 14, 2015 at 8:01 pm

Okay, so it took 12 years, but they got it done! To those who said it shouldn’t happen, couldn’t happen, wouldn’t happen, or didn’t happen — ?!*/%#+ … . , to you! It did happen! Welcome back King’s Theatre, and thank you to all those who made it happen!

Orlando
Orlando on January 14, 2015 at 5:00 pm

I am now an employee of Kings Theatre.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 2, 2015 at 4:02 am

A bunch of new photos of the renovation were posted here today.

DavidWallick
DavidWallick on January 2, 2015 at 3:57 am

Great article in the New York Times about the Kings:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/31/realestate/commercial/kings-theater-in-flatbush-set-to-reopen-and-lift-a-neighborhood.html

paullewis
paullewis on December 18, 2014 at 9:10 pm

This is like a dream come true – I lament being denied seeing any of the great NYC Movie Palaces before they were scandalously ripped down but now the wonderful Loews Kings has risen again like a phoenix and I’m determined to make another trip to N.Y. just to see that beauty restored. Just hope this will be a huge success and give impetus to the much needed revival of the Chicago Uptown one of the greatest ever built and miraculously still standing though in desperate need of major restoration.

LuisV
LuisV on December 12, 2014 at 6:21 pm

The Grand Opening is scheduled for February 3rd with a performance by none other than Diana Ross! Tickets went on sale today. Also announced that tours of the theater will be offered as part of the open ing festivities, but I don’t have any details on that.

http://gothamist.com/2014/12/11/diana_ross_will_reopen_kings_theatr.php

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on October 17, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Hi Mike – Just uploaded one. More to come!

Orlando
Orlando on October 17, 2014 at 3:30 pm

The marquee went up last week and is wonderful and the front has been cleared and is visible for the time since it was gated and boarded up. The boxoffice is now visible and was being worked on yesterday. The lobbies are in the final stages of completion. I will keep you posted.

spectrum
spectrum on September 11, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Their official webpage is http://www.kingstheatre.com/

Their facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/KingsTheatreBklyn

The facebook page has a lot of restoration news and photos.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on August 25, 2014 at 2:49 pm

According to Curbed it is opening in January.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on June 2, 2014 at 7:39 pm

I’ve been working on a book documenting the Kings for a long time, and I’m really excited to finally be able to talk about it. Here’s some more information about the project:

Kings Theatre – The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Brooklyn’s Wonder Theatre

THS Press Release

Curbed Article with new restoration photographs

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 29, 2014 at 1:02 am

And here’s one from 09/13/13 with more photos.

http://gizmodo.com/inside-the-restoration-of-brooklyns-glamorous-temple-o-1295348916

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 29, 2014 at 12:58 am

Here is an article dated today, about the restoration with photos.

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/05/28/see_the_amazing_restoration_of_flatbushs_1920s_movie_palace.php

tibia
tibia on May 21, 2014 at 8:34 pm

I just went by the theatre on Sunday. The front of it is covered in scaffolding. The marquee is gone in prep for a new replica of the original to be installed. The extended stage house also needs to be walled in. My mentor, Lee Erwin, played the last concert on the organ, and tried to save it. NYU dropped the ball and refused to take ownership of it. The console was then put into Carnegie Hall Cinema, and the pipework put into storage. While in storage, the pipework was terribly vandelized and damaged. I do not believe any of it still exists. Paul Van der Mohlen bought the console and had it restored for his home. He put Morton pipework to it. If the Kings gets the organ, it will be a Wonder Morton console with Morton pipework that needs a lot of work on it in order to fill the room. I hope this happenes, and that the theatre gets its voice back.

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
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.