Posted in movies | music | venues on May 9, 2014

renovation on Loew's Kings Theatre in Brooklyn taken last month
Loews Kings
photo by Matt Lambros via the theater's Facebook page.

Long in the planning, the restoration of the classic Loew's Kings Theatre on Flatbush Ave. is currently underway (see photo above) with hopes to open in 2015. Houston company ACE Theatrical Group is handling the $93 job (which was initiated back in 2008 by then Borough president Marty Markowitz). From an article in the New York Times last year:

Built in a more opulent time for a more populous Brooklyn, the Loew's Kings at 1025 Flatbush Avenue has spent more than three decades in New York City's hands. The struggling old movie palace, which once accommodated 3,600 theatergoers, closed not long after the 1977 blackout. The property was seized for nonpayment of taxes.

Would-be rescuers, Magic Johnson among them, came and went. The Kings never fully lost its haunted Hollywood grandeur, but its glory was draining away.

Today, however, seemingly in concert with the revitalization of Brooklyn, the Kings has begun to dazzle again. Plasterers and painters are back in charge. There is visible reason to believe the ACE Theatrical Group of Houston when it says the theater will reopen in 2015.

The King's Theatre was one of the five Loew's Wonder Theatres, all in the NYC area, that included the Loew's Jersey City which is also about to undergo restoration and is holding concerts as well.

Meanwhile, construction also continues on Marty's other big music venue project, the new amphitheater in Coney Island (where there will meanwhile be no Seaside Concert Series this summer).



Comments (19)

$93?! what a bargain!

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 4:12 PM

$93? What a bargain!

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 4:12 PM

$93? As Mad Magazine would say--CHEAP!

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 4:12 PM

4:12, get out of my head. And, jinx, you owe me a beer.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 4:13 PM

I could have floated them the $93, gotten it done earlier

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 4:14 PM

I'm gonna get the papers - get the papers.

Posted by Johnny Two Times | May 9, 2014 4:15 PM

That neighborhood is the dregs. It's filled with lots of people who have no self respect or regard for other humans. Icky . Good luck ace!

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 4:30 PM

Yes 4:30, lots of shweaties.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 4:40 PM

4:30 is clearly a racist. The neighborhood is normal Brooklyn, it's fine. 4:30 was just bitch scared that there were people of color kickin it our on the Ave

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 4:41 PM

Being branded a racist has become the modern day version of the scarlet letter. Society prefers murderers and thieves over racists.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 4:48 PM

That neighborhood will be filled with yuppies and hipsters 10 years from now, once people can't afford Bed-Stuy and Bushwick. It's already happening a few blocks from there in "Victorian Flatbush"

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 4:57 PM

The walking in Brooklyn is torture. People trick themselves into believing it's acceptable because they have cute sneakers. Grow up.

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | May 9, 2014 5:08 PM

I could have done it for $92...

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2014 7:12 PM

Padma Botnshicts

Posted by Blixa Bargeldd | May 9, 2014 10:21 PM

Maybe it will be done in time for Star Wars VII

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2014 12:21 AM

4:41, define "normal Brooklyn". It's funny, people are quick to brand people racist, but I didn't see anything in 4:30's comment that said anything about race.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2014 9:18 AM

I live in the area and I honestly think a movie theater there isn't the best idea.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2014 2:25 AM

2:25, unless you don't mind people yelling at the screen and throwing stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2014 11:06 PM

First of all it's 93 million second it's a theater for the performing arts not a movie theater and third the hipster are already there.

Posted by Stephanie | May 31, 2014 7:06 PM

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