The restoration and expansion of this architectural jewel reestablishes the Kings Theatre as 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.
The approximately $95 million project, which features an authentic restoration of the original 1929 design, created over 500 construction jobs and 100 full time jobs, not including individual production personnel. The Theatre will serve as both a cultural hub and catalyst for economic growth along Flatbush Avenue and throughout Central Brooklyn.
Kings Theatre was one of five “wonder theaters” in New York and New Jersey built in 1929 and 1930 by the Loews movie theater. 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.
Kings Theatre officially closed its doors on August 30th, 1977 and sat shuttered for more than 37 years, suffering deterioration from a leaking roof, water damage, and vandalism.
In 2009, 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, reactivate, expand, and operate the 89,000 square foot space as a performance venue. 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.
Construction was completed in late 2014 with a ribbon cutting ceremony—and an opening performance by Diana Ross—in early 2015. The Theatre is now New York City’s fourth largest, after Radio City Music Hall, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, and the Metropolitan Opera House.