The historic Loew’s Kings Theatre is undergoing a massive renovation that will restore the once majestic space to its original French Renaissance splendor. Constructed in 1929, the 3,200 seat auditorium was once the largest indoor theater in Brooklyn but has been closed since 1977. After falling into disrepair and abandonment for over 30 years, the building is finally being resurrected through a $94 million project led by Houston-based ACE Theatrical Group.
ACE plans to return the theater, which is located at 1025-1035 Flatbush Avenue, to its former glory as a classic 20th century movie palace and hopes it will become the centerpiece of a revitalized Flatbush. The restoration process, so far, has been a grueling three-year rehabilitation involving the repair and replacement of the theatre’s glass and mirrors, ornate plaster walls, wood paneling, glazed terra-cotta ornamental façade and high, curved ceilings.
When the restoration is complete in 2014, ACE plans to host about 200 to 250 productions a year. This will include concerts, films, dance and performing arts presentations and musical and comedy shows, as well as community events that reflect Brooklyn’s impressive diversity.
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