Kings Theatre on its way to coronation

Don’t call it a comeback: Workers are in the process of renovating the Kings Theatre on Flatbush Avenue. The picture palace closed in 1977 and decayed for decades, but a group is restoring it to its former glory. When it reopens, it will seat 3,000 people, making it the largest theater in Brooklyn.
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Watch the throne.

The Loew’s Kings Theatre in Flatbush is on track to regaining its former gilded glory, and we got a sneak peek inside last week.

The Flatbush Avenue theater opened in 1929, just before the stock market crash that sparked the Great Depression, and you can tell from the details gimmering to life inside that it was built in a time of opulence. Coming back shining is the walnut wood that lined the lobby and the seven massive chandeliers, weighing a ton each.

The renovations are supposed to restore the original details while working in some modern amenities, such as comfier seats and an expanded backstage that required adding to the back of the block-deep structure and de-mapping part of the road behind it.

Ace Theatrical Group, the company that is refurbishing the theater, has not released any information about what the grand reopening will look like, but a spokesman told this paper in August that the theater will serve up an eclectic mix of programming appealing to Flatbush residents and people across the city.

The renovations have cost about $94 million, about half of which came from taxpayers, and are set to wrap up in time for a Januray 2015 opening.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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