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Loew's Kings Theatre

Loew's Kings Theatre


The Kings Theatre, formerly Loew’s Kings Theatre, is a movie palace-type theater located in Brooklyn, New York City. Opened in 1929 and closed since 1977, the theater is scheduled to reopen in 2014 following a complete renovation.
It was built and operated by the Loew’s Theatres chain, and was one of the five “Loew’s Wonder Theatres” in the New York metropolitan area. This 3,676 seat house originally presented shows that combined movies and live vaudeville. It opened September 7, 1929 with a program that included the film Evangeline, a live stage show, orchestra and solo pipe organ. The film’s star, Delores del Rio made a special live appearance. With the decline of vaudeville, however, the theater soon converted to showing feature films only.

The lavish theater was designed in French-influenced baroque style. The unusually spacious theater boasts superb sight-lines, with the majority of its seats located on the main floor. Instead of a large balcony, the Kings has only a small mezzanine, allowing the entire elegant design to be viewed from anywhere in the auditorium. It has a sweeping staircase in the lobby that leads to the mezzanine.

Many celebrities who grew up in Brooklyn and went to area high schools worked as ushers at Loew’s Kings. Among them were Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler. Ben Vereen danced on the stage at the Kings, where his mother was working. After closing, the theater was subject of a film documentary, Memoirs of a Movie Palace.

On August 30, 1977 the Loew’s Kings closed.

(Source: Wikipedia)


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