After the Final Curtain | Photographically documenting neglected and abandoned theaters throughout the United States
I found this site to be really interesting. The photographer has photos of
other theaters as well. Loew's Kings Theatre seems so beautiful to me.
Loew’s Kings Theatre
Auditorium of the Loew's Kings
Loew’s Kings Theatre opened on September 7, 1929 and was designed by the architectural firm of Rapp and Rapp (also known for the Paramount Theater in Times Square) and decorated by Harold W. Rambush. It was operated by the Loew’s theaters chain, and, along with the Loew’s Jersey Theatre, Loew’s Paradise Theatre, the Loew’s Valencia Theatre and the Loew’s 175th Street Theatre, it was one of the five “Loew’s Wonder Theaters” in the New York metropolitan area.
The lobby of the Loew's Kings Theatre
The Kings introduced a few well known stars to their future craft. Many celebrities who grew up in Brooklyn worked as ushers in the 3,676 seat theater, including Sylvester Stallone, Barbra Streisand, and Henry Winkler.
Loew’s dropped the Kings in August 1977 due to low attendance and high maintance costs, as well as the decline of the surrounding neighborhood. The Kings was passed over for many 1970s blockbusters, including Jaws and Star Wars. Instead, it showed mostly kung-fu and B-horror movies, films that were incapable of pulling in the massive audiences needed to sustain the theater. Already visibly deteriorating, the theater was sold in 1979 and later seized by the city for back taxes owed by the purchasing company.
Hand carved mahogany adorns an exit to the lobby
Numerous restoration proposals have been presented over the years – including one that would have turned part of the lobby into a wax museum – but only recently have any plans been made official. On February 2, 2010, the City of New York announced a $70 million renovation in partnership with ACE Theatrical Group of Houston to restore the Kings Theatre for use as a performing arts center by 2014.
View of the Loew's Kings from the balcony
The current plans call for the Kings’ interior spaces to be restored to their original 1929 splendor. Once reopened, the theater will be the third largest in New York City.
One of the entrances to the auditorium
One of the exits from the balcony
Ornate chandeliers decorated the lobby
Projector room of the Loew's Kings