The Loew's Kings Theatre located at 1027 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn NY has been undergoing a meticulous, museum standard $94 Million restoration. The magnificently ornate 3,200 seat venue is being restored to it's original condition which will include a magnificent staircase to the mezzanine, 80 foot ceilings, period details from the guilded age of the 1920's when the theatre was originally built, a modern backstage area for dressing rooms and set storage as well as a two truck loading dock and much, much more.
The restoration is being done by venue operator Ace Theatrical Group, Martinez and Johnson Architects, Evergreen Architectural Arts and Gilbane Building Co. Ace CEO David Anderson stated that "our mission is to provide entertainment for the entire community". Set to reopen in January, the Loew's Kings Theatre will host 200 music, comedy, theatre and dance performances per year. The restoration and reopening of the Loew's Kings Theatre is part of an effort to fuel the economic growth of Central Brooklyn.
Famous architects Rapp and Rapp designed the Loew's Kings Theatre and opened in 1929. The theatre closed in 1977 and fell into disrepair from roof leakage. The theatre was called the "Wonder Theatre" because of it's size and opulence. This truly spectacular theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
It's no surprise that Bob Hope appeared at the Loew's, but surprisingly enough, Barbara Streisand used to go to the movies there every Saturday in her youth. There are some neighborhood folks that still remember the white gloved movie ushers who were a part of the prestigious style of the Loew's Kings Theatre.
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