Rebirth of Loew's Kings Theatre
The Loew’s Kings Theatre originally opened in 1929, and after years in disrepair, it is on its way to once again becoming one of the most beautiful entertainment spaces in New York City.
Closed since 1978, the Theatre’s rehabilitation is underway, thanks to support from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. The Theatre’s 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 – elements that made it a classic, early 20th century movie palace.
The complete historic restoration is scheduled to wrap up by the end of 2014, and once it is finished, the Theatre will host approximately 200-250 live performances a year, including concerts, dance, theatre, comedy and other live shows. The Project will generate approximately 510 construction jobs and approximately 50 permanent jobs.
The rehabilitation and restoration of the 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. There is no need to wait until 2014 to see inside. Take a look at these progress shots that show the work already being done.