Kings Theatre

1027 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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Quijibo on December 9, 2018 at 11:01 am

I went there last night. What a beautiful theater. So rich and grand. I spent half the afternoon just staring at the walls and ceiling. I don’t remember seeing it before the renovation. I took many pictures.

Orlando on October 26, 2018 at 7:05 am


THE KINGS THEATRE Management is about to take over their neighbor the Former FLATBUSH SAVINGS BANK when the bank ceases operations on December 19, 2018! The bank has been operated as an ASTORIA Savings Bank and more recently as FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK which took over Astoria in a merger. This tidbit hit my ears at 1:15 PM this afternoon. The bank is a landmark building but I don’t know if its' interior is (like the DIME SAVINGS BANK) in downtown. What will happen here is yet to be found out but let me take a guess, a BAR and eatery for folks who are already to line up for the evening show or after the show for drinks and light finger food. With their “B” grade at the theatre what grade would they recieve if it becomes that?

Anyway a BAR will not happen at the bank building because their is a bar on the corner of the next block called "BAR" and a fine restaurant called Delroy's just a few doors down on Duryea

St. which serves fine food and has a bar too! The KINGS already has seven BAR stations in the theatre besides its outdoor smoking area for shows now serves liquor and foods outdoors prior and to 12 Midnight during show days.

 The neighborhood does not want any more BARS in this area and will fight all liquor licenses requests for this bank building! We won't be caught being prepared this time.
                 The greed for LIQOUR money must be stopped now before it starts to develope. And remember this is if it becomes a bar, but i can't see as anthing else.


stevenj on May 4, 2018 at 8:11 am

“Required to lift and carry items 50 pounds or heavier, often up and down stairs”

Seems like this is the requirement that could disqualify many.

LuisV on May 4, 2018 at 6:25 am

There is NOTHING wrong with requiring someone to speak more than one language. It makes you MORE valuable, not less.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 4, 2018 at 1:30 am

Exactly when did you think that couldn’t be required in this country? You can also require the applicant to speak English AND Spanish.

BobbyS on May 3, 2018 at 5:27 pm

WoW !! Have to speak English. Never read that before. Can you you really say that today? It’s about time.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on May 3, 2018 at 9:08 am

The Kings currently has employment opportunities for people with bartending experience or eagerness to learn. Listing here

curmudgeon on May 3, 2018 at 4:36 am

Howard, with greatest respect I find your response to richardgreene’s comment hypocritical at best. Of course we are all of one opinion to glorify the movie palace, but many posts on Cinema Treasures share critical observations of shortcomings of our treasured theatres. EG TCL Egyptian Theatre, Pacific’s Cinerama Dome, have all had many negative comments posted on this site. The lack of masking/poor presentation/pricing etc. etc. is a common thread on this site. Why should the Brooklyn Kings be exempt from any negative communication? Yes, I’m thrilled that this beautiful theatre has been saved from the wrecking ball, however should I ever be fortunate enough to visit this location I would like to be assured that any food/beverages purchased has been strictly adhered to by local health authorities.

Orlando on May 2, 2018 at 11:10 am

Howard, the next time you are at the Kings, have a wrap and tell us about the your experience. LA-TI-DAH. Prepared food is something I would want to know in advance so I can eat before going to the show ANYWHERE.

HowardBHaas on April 30, 2018 at 8:10 am

Please note that in regard to richardgreen’s comment, this site is not tripadvisor, google reviews, yelp. etc. This site is more an appreciation of movie theaters, in terms of their architecture, history & experience. No doubt this theater is working to correct violations & make sure nobody gets sick, but as stated, this website’s purpose is not to serve as a focus of such comments.

richardgreen on April 30, 2018 at 7:21 am

Just passed by the Kings Theatre and noticed the B letter Inspection grade in the window, so I decided to look them up on the Dept of Health website. Here is what is going on with the food preparation:

Sanitary Violations 1) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation. 2) Sanitized equipment or utensil, including in-use food dispensing utensil, improperly used or stored.

I would not advise anyone attending a show there to get any type of food or you might get really sick. A performing arts center of this caliber should really make sure that these types of issues do not occur.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on March 3, 2018 at 4:27 am

Benjamin Mellniker, who joined Loew’s as an usher at the Kings Theatre and eventually became its chief legal counsel, has died at age 104. More details here

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on February 14, 2018 at 3:55 am

Mayor Bill de Blasio gave his annual “State of the City” speech at the Kings Theatre last night. Complete video coverage with many views of the auditorium can be seen here

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on January 22, 2018 at 6:56 am

A brief video tour of the rejuvenated Kings Theatre can be viewed here

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 16, 2017 at 3:54 pm

I don’t know, “THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER” sounds pretty Brooklyn to me.

Orlando on November 4, 2017 at 4:09 am

Yes,it is my blood and thank you for your words. There are those who will stomp on you and try to wipe you out for credit. I don’t answer to them. I am true to myself and say what is the truth. I answer to my wisdon and knowledge. A theatre that has been in my life for over fifty years and I fought for with a “Breakfast with the Arts” episode in 2005 surely outweighs any management that operates and manages it. I was born way before them. They will never no the experince of seeing movies at the Loew’s Kings that I did. That experience comes once in a lifetime and what they have know is ten liquor bars in the space, that’s all they care about. The shows are for out-of-Brooklyners, who love the shows and the theatre. Otherwise the Kings Theatre does not serve the Brooklyn population and they (the locals) know it.

markp on November 3, 2017 at 7:00 am

Orlando, sorry to hear this. I like you, have memories of some old theatres here in NJ. I am now the house projectionist at the Union County Arts Center, and I try to get more classic films in there. I am also trying to get equipment installed and running at the Brook Arts Center in Bound Brook. Lots of hurdles. Money. Management. But I will not give up. I, like you, have it in our blood.

Orlando on November 3, 2017 at 4:25 am

John Gibson Whitely who had a bad experience at the Kings Theatre on April 9 has submitted one comment to cinema treasures on that date. He is obviously a phony, using a pyseudinum. Just click on his comment. I believe a jealous THS member associated to Loew’s Jersey posted this comment. The initials are S.T. He was in the audience that evening. I defended the staff and disclaim this frauds comment. I have resigned the Kings Theatre which I was involved in long before ACE was in the picture. While I enjoyed my two plus years there, I cannot condone the upper managements running of the theatre which I am still truly fond of. Byn the way, there was a building situation which cost $2,5000,000 to repair neglected by management which could have led to lose of life. I am glad that I put the lives of patrons and the staff above the pettiness of management. Now, after six months, management has banned me from the theatre even with a ticket. My efforts to save my Kings Theatre means much more that the management that runsit. Esta la vista!

Orlando on October 23, 2017 at 4:33 am

Happy (belated) Birthday on Sept. 6 2017. 88 years young.

Orlando on September 22, 2017 at 2:43 am

“The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” -1920 to be shown with live orchestra accompaniment on Friday, October 31, 2017 at 8 P.M. Tell them Orlando sent you.

Orlando on September 13, 2017 at 3:56 am

In correction, Mrs. Dorothy Panzica gave the Kings Theatre 12 furnishings most of which are in the upstairs lounge to the right of the bar. The two high back wooden carved chairs are in the grand lobby to the left of the grand staircase.

theatrefan on September 11, 2017 at 6:10 am

Here is the official Obituary for Dorothy Solomon Panzica, Regal Queen of the Loew’s Kings Theatre in Brooklyn:

Dorothy Solomon Panzica September 13th 1913 – August 23rd 2017

WELLSVILLE – Dorothy Solomon Panzica, 103, of 4192B Bolivar Road, passed away on Wednesday (Aug. 23, 2017) at Manor Hills. She was born on Sept. 13, 1913, in Summerville, Mass., the daughter of William and Sarah (Schneider) Rose. She was predeceased by two husbands, Benjamin Solomon and Charles Panzica.

Dorothy was raised in Brooklyn and was employed by Loew’s Theaters throughout her career, beginning as an usherette, and retiring as the General Manager of the Loew’s Kings Theater in Brooklyn. She and Charles moved to Elm Valley in the mid 1970’s and after Charles passed away, she moved to Cummings Circle in Wellsville, where she resided for many years before moving to Manor Hills in 2011.

Dorothy was well known in the downtown Wellsville area for her kindness and generosity, and for giving away dollar bills folded like shirts to almost everyone she met.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Frances Rose of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and several nieces and nephews, including Jerry and Sonya Goodman of Pikesville, Md.

She will be buried next to her beloved husband, Charles, in the Calverton National Cemetery on Long Island. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, 141 E. State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit Published in Wellsville Daily Reporter on Aug. 24, 2017

Orlando on August 26, 2017 at 3:31 am

I met Dorothy Panzica over 45 years ago when passes the the LOEW’S KINGS where called in from the Granada Theatre. In those days, the managers where a friendly group and the six theatres cross honored passes. That day she was called by the cashier and greeted me at the door. She walked me through the foyer and inner lobby to the auditorium door. She tried to coax me to come work at LOEW’S KINGS, but I was well entrenched in the Granada Theatre by then. Still, I will remember that day and still do 50 years later and meeting her. I safe guard the original 9 furnishings still used and on display at the theatre. All should visit Mrs. Panzica’s gift from the former Loew’s Kings when visiting the theatre. Without her kindness and generosity, furniture of the theatre are there for all to enjoy. So, go see them. Mrs. Panzica’s spirit will live long within the LOEW’S KINGS, an Brooklyn institution and landmark.

REST IN PEACE, forever in my mind, those were the days.
                                Love and Sympathy
                                ORLANDO LOPES
                                Loyal Supporter of the LOEW'S KINGS
Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on August 24, 2017 at 9:20 am

I was lucky to meet Dorothy once a few years ago. She was quiet at first, but as soon as I showed her some photographs of the Kings she began to talk about her time there. She was an amazing person, and I’m sorry for your loss.

“Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest until your good is better, and your better is best”

sgreenberg on August 24, 2017 at 7:24 am

I’m sorry to report that my great aunt Dorothy Solomon Panzica, former manager of the Loews Kings has passed away just a month shy of her 104th birthday. She loved the theater very much and upon learning of its restoration donated the furniture she was given back to the new Kings Theatre. I know that many people who have been to this site remember her. We will all miss her.