Lolita Lens | See Brooklyn's Spectacular Kings Theatre Before it Opens to the Public (Part 1)

See Brooklyn's Spectacular Kings Theatre Before it Opens to the Public (Part 1)

February 01, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The Loews Kings Theatre was once a grand, sumptuous entertainment palace in the heart of Flatbush, Brooklyn. Films and vaudeville acts played there amidst its opulent interiors until it closed in 1977. It then became a rotting, dilapidated, ignored shell of its former self....until 2 years ago, when a $95 million, massive re-building began. It is now a grand, gorgeous, supremely sublime theater...and with 3200 seats, it's Brooklyn's largest. The Kings is set to re-open to the public on February 3, with Diana Ross performing the inaugural concert. Over 200 performances will play there annually, with Gladys Knight, Frankie Valli, the Moscow Ballet, Sarah McLachlan and Crosby Stills & Nash already lined up.

I truly enjoyed the privilege of photographing the reborn, European-flavored theater in all its glory...from the grandiose lighted ceiling, to the intricate details carved into the pillars, to the small, deliberate reminders of the theater's past. Like Barclays Center, the Kings Theater is a gorgeous feather in Brooklyn's already marvelous cap.

Inside the Kings Theatre

Executives oversee the marquee for the Kings Theatre.

 

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams speaks about the rebuilding of the Kings Theatre

Brooklyn politicans and dignitaries at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Kings Theatre

Balcony of the Kings Theatre Beautifully ornate ceiling in the Kings Theatre lobby

Intricate details adorn the Kings Theatre

 

The Kings Theatre ceiling lights up in different colors

 

The Kings Theatre ceiling lights up in different colors

This water fountain is a remnant and reminder of the original Kings Theatre, before it closed in 1977

 


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