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Loews Kings Theater to be Restored to Former Glory

A massive $93 million restoration project will soon be underway to reopen the Flatbush theater, which has been closed since 1977.

 

After being shutterred for 36 years, a historic Flatbush theater will once again serve as a source of entertainment in Brooklyn. 

The refurbishing of the Loew's Kings Theater, located at 1027 Flatbush Ave., has officially begun, with Borough President Marty Markowitz and Mayor Michael Bloomberg ceremoniously breaking ground Wednesday in what is considered the largest indoor theater in Brooklyn.

"Restoring the glory of the Loew’s Kings Theatre into a combination of the Beacon and the Apollo all rolled into one has long been a dream of mine and the Flatbush community—and now it is time for the theater’s triumphant 'encore,'" said Markowitz, who was joined by officials including New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth Pinsky, Councilman Mathieu Eugene and State Senator Kevin Parker.

"Once the largest and grandest indoor venue in Brooklyn, Loew’s Kings Theatre was a major attraction for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and countless visitors," said Bloomberg. "Soon it will be again." 

Markowitz noted the facility will host a plethora of events including concerts, plays and graduation ceremonies. "...[I]t will be an engine of economic growth along Flatbush Avenue and for all of Central Brooklyn," he continued. 

"The Loew’s Kings Theatre is a great example of the private and public sectors working together in order to serve the common good,” said Eugene. "This theatre is part of Brooklyn history and will continue to be part of its future as a great social and cultural institution that uplifts, and unites the community."

Originally constructed in 1929, the 3,200-seat theater's design was heavily influenced by the Palace of Versailles and Paris Opera House and features ornate architectural details in the French Renaissance Style. In 1977, the theatre closed and has remained vacant since, suffering decades of neglect and deterioration.

Now, ACE Theatrical, which has been working to revitalize the space over the last three years, has secured funding for $93 million to renovate.

The undertaking, which has been financed through funding from the City, Marty Markowitz, the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group and United Fund Advisors, will include restoring the theater's grand staircase and seven chandeliers. Completion is tentatively scheduled for early 2015. Renderings are available at the Mayor's Flickr account

Pinsky noted that this project will bring "a brand new cultural center in the center of Brooklyn, helping to revitalize this bustling neighborhood and create jobs."

"I am thrilled that the rehabilitation and restoration of the former Loews King Theater is finally complete," said Parker. "This project created hundreds of construction jobs for individuals who were unemployed and it is projected to create over 50 permanent positions right here in Flatbush."

fit4ufor3rd January 24, 2013 at 12:55 PM
wow. childhood flashbacks. wonder if my sister will take me to a show and resent it for having to drag her little sis along. : D
JannyB. January 26, 2013 at 06:14 PM
I was a kid growing up on Long Island in the late 50's, coming to Brooklyn just about every weekend to visit my cousin and grandparents. The one-time impression of that theatre, the magnificent staircase and the Ladies Lounge, (yes, the Ladies Lounge, with all sorts of wonderful vending machines for perfumes, lipsticks, combs, etc) were bigger than life and I never forgot the feeling of grandeur and opulence.

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