Sunday, September 12, 2021

Loew’s Kings, 1027-1031 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn

 The Kings was one of the five "Wonder Theatres" built by Loew’s Inc. and named for  Robert Morton ‘Wonder Organ Installed in each. Four were constructed in New York City and one in Jersey City.

On January 7 1929, the Loew's Valencia, Jamaica, Queens,  would be the first of the Wonder Theatres to open its doors.  The Loew’s Kings was a joint-second, opening the same day, September 7, 1929 as the Loew’s Paradise in the Bronx.

Motion Picture News
, September 7, 1929:

Auditorium towards left, rear

Left proscenium wall

Proscenium and Stage

"Marking another significant advance of the major type motion picture playhouse into the neighborhood districts of large cities. This palatial cinema, with a seating capacity of 3, 900, styled in the period of the Italian baroque, is luxuriously equipped with every patron-convenience and apparatus for presentation of elaborate stage spectacles and sound motion pictures.--C. W. & Geo. L. Rapp, Architects [Loew's Kings]"

Interior 2019, Copyright Betty Sword. All rights reserved

Daily Mail, February 3, 2015:
“A once gilded Brooklyn movie palace that’s been crumbling for decades, with pigeons infesting its stage, is back-- again a glittering gem from the 1920s. Diana Ross headlines Tuesday’s opening night in the 3,200-seat Kings Theatre in the Flatbush neighborhood where a teenage Barbra Streisand spent afternoons enjoying double features.

“After a two-year, $95 million dollar renovation, every detail from its jazz age 1929 incarnation has come to life amid computerized sound and LED lighting. The theatre that first opened weeks before the Wall Street crash is now the largest in New York’s biggest borough.”

Since 1997 theatre historian, Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of  theatre talks and walks, available for  historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc. Private walks also available.
Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres.
Currently seeking funding for “Editing & Formatting” the first three volumes of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, 3rd Edition



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