Kings Theatre

1027 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 18, 2016 at 10:40 am

I saw a show there soon after it opened and one difference between seeing the photos here and actually being there is that it is not as well lit in person. The house lights and lobby lights are down (at half?) as the patrons enter the building and the auditorium, as they should be. But this means that all the restoration work is not as eye-popping because the house is not lit for photo-taking but is lit for actual use, which means the show is the star and not the theater.

Of course it is still magnificent but in an elegant, more subdued way.

Do they have the houselights on full for the tours?

Orlando
Orlando on August 18, 2016 at 10:24 am

The tours are not worth the price and travel. New management have no idea of the neighborhood or the “history of the Loew’s Kings”. They only discuss the renovation of the KIngs Theatre. The tours are also very short. Instead of the tour, come and see a show and view the theatre at the same time. It’s the best way. Beleive me, I know!

Orlando
Orlando on August 18, 2016 at 10:17 am

The screen for Star Wars was 30' wide and 17' tall. As a kid I remember it as 36' wide and 20' tall. Yet, it looked great.

markp
markp on August 11, 2016 at 1:24 pm

walterk, I am trying to co-ordinate with my wife to take one of these tours in the coming months. We shall see.

walterk
walterk on August 11, 2016 at 12:41 pm

Mike (saps), I stand corrected. I had looked at the Kings website as recently as June to see if there were tours (I was visiting the area most of July) and didn’t find any information then, so I thought when a Facebook announcement on Monday said they were “kicking off our monthly tours today”, it was something new.

What I was looking for when I found the tour info was the pricing for the Star Wars Trilogy, which was a topic here. As tickets were no longer being sold, all I could find was an article that mentioned tickets started at $55, which would be for a balcony seat and the price that was mentioned in a comment above. One person commented to the article that with ticketmaster charges, two advance tickets came to $131.

I’m hoping my next visit to NYC this December coincides with at least one of the tour dates that month, that would be a holiday treat!

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 9, 2016 at 11:22 am

I think they have been giving tours for some time now, about twice a month…evenings, weekends, different schedules. Their e-mailings give the dates and times.

walterk
walterk on August 9, 2016 at 9:00 am

markp, believe it or not, today is the first public tour of the Kings, cost $15.00. This is going to be a regular event, there are 2 more tours later this month, one an evening event with a glass of wine. That might cost more. You can get more details by clicking the link to the Kings website on this page.

markp
markp on August 9, 2016 at 6:42 am

Admittingly, I completely forgot about this until a friend of mine posted on facebook that he was there. By then it was too late for me to start driving to get there. I would have loved to be there. This was the event I wanted to go to so I could see the renovated theatre.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 8, 2016 at 10:56 pm

I checked when I first found out about it. I think they were $55.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 8, 2016 at 9:18 pm

How much were the tickets?

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 8, 2016 at 6:08 pm

Unfortunately, with almost no advertising for these special events, there would have been few people attending high priced Star Wars screening. I also would like to know more- was curtain used? was there surround sound?

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 8, 2016 at 5:57 pm

Orlando, was there a big crowd? If the event was a success, maybe more film showings will be added to the Kings' menu?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 8, 2016 at 4:06 pm

I too would like to hear a more detailed report…

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese on August 8, 2016 at 3:38 pm

How many people were there for the show? What type of gear did they bring in to run it? I would have liked to be there but one-day events are hard to get to in the summer.

MarkDHite
MarkDHite on August 8, 2016 at 1:31 pm

I would’ve gone if I didn’t live 700 miles away.

Orlando
Orlando on August 8, 2016 at 8:57 am

The Sound Of Movies commenced at 2 PM as the Star Wars was to presented at the former Loew’s Kings. This is the first movies presented since August 30, 1977 when the theatre closed. Yes, 39 years later (shy three weeks). I was in heaven as I sat center balcony and saw all three films. This once in a lifetime event is not likely to be repeated as films are not on the Kings menu. Where were all you people who shouted to save the Kings and now that it’s open never showed up?

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 30, 2016 at 5:37 pm

Too bad I can’t go. It’s the same day as Paul McCartney’s MetLife stadium concert. I hope they show more movies at the Kings in the near future. Pete, I hope YOU can go!

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese on June 30, 2016 at 3:39 pm

Contrary to the above post, the Star Wars Trilogy is coming to the Kings, tickets go on sale Friday, July 1 at 10am:

http://www.victory.drafthouse.com/j/ol/bHN0OjgwNjUzOjEzNzkwODI-

TICKETS

MarkDHite
MarkDHite on May 14, 2016 at 1:31 pm

I think he meant that the Star Wars films aren’t being shown on film there or anywhere. The Star Wars Trilogy Tour is on DCP. Will still be awesome, the tour is going to a number of former movie Palaces including the Kings, the Boston Opera House/Keith’s Memorial, and the Oakland Paramount. Great to see those films on the big screen in the kind of theatres they were meant for!

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese on May 14, 2016 at 12:09 pm

“The Star Wars Films are not going to be shown here”

That’s too bad, it would have been worth crossing the two rivers for that show.

JamesD
JamesD on May 14, 2016 at 10:10 am

Yes, the pipes from the organ will never be installed, but ACE did purchase the console from NYTOS for $50,000 in late 2015. They said it was so they could create a digital version of the organ, but who knows if that will actually happen.

Orlando
Orlando on May 14, 2016 at 8:59 am

P.S. The exact seating of the Kings Theatre is 3,398 seats. 905 in the mezzanine and 2493 on the main floor. When LOEW’S reseated the orchestra in the 1950’s the extended leg room and the seating in the orchestre went down. Now however, at 3,398… the orchestra seat have been returned close to the same seating, the mezzanine lost some 50 seats or so. I counted all the seats in all the sections (16 of them) while I worked those various sections … so they are ACCURATE!. For the 3,676 in 1929 to the 3,398 in 2016, only 278 seats were lost.

Orlando
Orlando on May 14, 2016 at 8:50 am

The pipe organ will never be installed as the contractors have heating and air-conditioning ducts running up and down the chambers of the original pipes. The people who have offered it back to the theatre (ACE) were told by someone at ACE that they would display the organ console in the lobby, but the offering party declined. It was all (in working condition) or not at all. That’s a real shame, but then MOVIES are not part of the Kings current menu. The Star Wars Films are not going to be shown here or elsewhere.

BobbyS
BobbyS on April 26, 2016 at 3:05 pm

Can the pipe organ installed soon to follow you think?

Lou_Lumenick
Lou_Lumenick on April 12, 2016 at 2:02 pm

A spokesman says the STAR WARS trilogy will indeed be shown on DCP.