September 23, 2014
The Kings Theatre restoration in Flatbush Brooklyn is receiving vast local and national press coverage. On September 16th, NDC joined project partners and investors to host a media tour.
The Kings Theatre will reopen its doors in January 2015 as New York’s newest major performing arts facility, and the largest theatre in Brooklyn with over 3,000 seats. Spearheaded by ACE Theatrical Group—one of the nation’s leading restorers of historic cultural resources—the former movie palace and architectural gem will be a major new fixture in the City’s cultural landscape, presenting a wide spectrum of cultural programming from local, national, and international performing artists across a variety of disciplines. Serving as both a cultural and economic cornerstone, the Theatre plans to present more than 200 performances annually—including music, dance, theatre, and comedy—creating jobs and attracting thousands of visitors to the neighborhood.
Located at the geographic center of the City’s most populous borough, the Kings Theatre opened in the Flatbush neighborhood in 1929 as one of the five Loews ‘Wonder Theatres’ constructed in New York and New Jersey. Designed by architecture firm Rapp & Rapp as an entertainment palace where films and vaudeville acts were presented amidst sumptuous interiors inspired by the Palace of Versailles and the Paris Opera House, the Theatre closed its doors to the public in 1977 and remained vacant, suffering decades of neglect and deterioration.
The renovation and restoration of the Kings Theatre is a partnership between the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Kings Theatre Redevelopment Company — a consortium of ACE Theatrical Group, Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, and the National Development Council.
Read Full Press Release HERE
Other coverage from the Media Tour can be found in links below: