Members of the Fort Hamilton Senior Center in Bay Ridge were treated like movie stars when they visited the newly refurbished and grand Kings Theatre in Flatbush — the site of Standing O’s graduation many moons ago!
The group included Diane Goodman, Frank and Laura Grassi, Lupe Morales, Lucille Pucci, Phylis Costanza, Eileen Farrell, Mave Scaglione, Joan Kennedy, Maryjo Tipaldo, and center director Peter Lovett.
General manager Jason Sandoval gave his special guests — some of whom remembered going to the theater as kids — a group tour through the magnificent lobby and foyer, and took them on a trip down memory lane to Hollywood’s Golden Age, as they sank their feet into beautiful carpeting, gazed at the 60-foot-high ceilings, and walked a grand staircase.
The memories flooded back for Lovett.
“I spent my youth at the Kings when it was a movie palace,” he recalled.
After a gazillion-dollar makeover, the grand dame of Brooklyn’s movie theaters is now a live venue, and the site of some pretty amazing shows with such headliners as Diana Ross; Gladys Knight; and Crosby, Stills, and Nash — in addition to staging plays, dance performances, and National Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Campanion” with Garrison Keillor.
Standing O hopes the seniors had a great adventure and are looking forward to many other fabulous outings. Wonder where they’ll trek to next?
Fort Hamilton Senior Center [9941 Fort Hamilton Pkwy. and 100th Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 439–4296].