The restoration and expansion of this architectural jewel will make the Kings Theatre a premier performing arts venue for all to enjoy.
The restoration and expansion of the former Loew's Kings Theatre marks the rebirth of a marvelous historic arts space. The Theatre will serve as both a cultural hub and catalyst for economic growth along Flatbush Avenue and throughout Central Brooklyn. The approximately $95 million project will create over 500 construction jobs and 100 full time jobs, not including individual production personnel.
Located at 1025-1035 Flatbush Avenue, the space is the largest indoor theater in Brooklyn, the third largest theater in New York City, and will be the centerpiece of a revitalized Flatbush.
NYCEDC, in partnership with Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz , issued an RFP for the Site and selected ACE Theatrical Group, LLC of Houston, Texas from amongst the respondents to restore, expand and operate the space. A firm specializing in historic restoration and theater operation, ACE will lease the theater from the City. ACE's many projects include the Boston Opera House, the Chicago Theatre and the Warner Theatre in Washington DC.
ACE will host about 200 to 250 productions a year. They will include concerts, theatrical productions, dance, performing arts presentations, and musical and comedy shows, as well as community events that will resonate with Brooklyn's impressive diversity.
Originally designed by the renowned firm of Rapp & Rapp, Kings Theatre opened in 1929 as Loew’s flagship theater. Its French Renaissance style architecture was inspired by the Palace of Versailles and the Paris Opera House. It features high, curved ceilings, ornate plaster walls, wood paneling, pink marble, and a glazed terra-cotta ornamental façade, making it a classic, early 20th century movie palace. The theater has been vacant since 1978.
A rich part of Brooklyn history, the Kings Theatre will be restored to its original architectural glory. The theater is scheduled to open on February 3, 2015. Bravo!