The restoration of this architectural jewel will make the former Loew’s Kings Theatre a premier performing arts venue for all to enjoy.
The rehabilitation and restoration 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 $70 million project will create over 500 construction jobs and 50 permanent jobs, not including individual production personnel.
Located at 1025-1035 Flatbush Avenue, the space will be the largest indoor theater in Brooklyn 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 and operate the space. A contract has now been signed with the developer to rehabilitate the art space. A firm specializing in historic restoration and theater operation, ACE's many projects include the Boston Opera House, the Chicago Theatre and the Warner Theatre in Washington DC.
ACE plans to host about 200 to 250 productions a year. They will include concerts, theatrical productions, dance and 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, Loew's 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 and 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 Loew’s Kings Theatre will be restored to its original architectural style. The design will begin immediately and the theater is scheduled to open in 2014. Bravo!
The Kings Theatre project was subject to an environmental review process pursuant to the Rules of Procedure of City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR). Under CEQR regulations, proposed projects which involve discretionary government actions (e.g., re-zoning, street mapping) require the preparation of an Environmental Assessment Statement (EAS) to determine if there exists the potential for significant environmental impacts from the proposed project.
The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, as the lead agency, issued a Positive Declaration for the Kings Theatre project and directed that a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) be prepared. The Public Scoping Meeting was held on November 16, 2010 and a final Scope of Work for the project was issued on December 16, 2010. A Notice of Completion of the DEIS was issued on December 30, 2010.