Once one of Brooklyn’s most elegant movie theaters, the Loew’s Kings Theatre opened in Flatbush as a movie and live performance space in 1929 but began to decline in the 1950s as multiplex cinemas became popular. The doors were closed in 1977, and the theater fell into disrepair. Now, after an elaborate $93 million renovation, the 3,074-seat theater is poised to reopen, its original glory fully restored. Click through the slide show below to see photos of the revamped space, as well as historical images of what it once looked like. The theater’s first show will feature Diana Ross, who performs February 3. (1027 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn)
The inside of the theater before the renovation process began
The inside of the theater while under restoration
The marquee as it looked in the 1930s
The celing of the theater as seen from center stage
New, wider seating was installed as part of the renovation. The space now holds over 3,000.
A worker puts finishing touches on the second-floor balustrade.
Original and new components of the bannister blend seamlessly together, before the new component's color is changed to match the old.
The theater's original drinking fountains are usable once more, with the inscription "Drink and be refreshed."
The theater's lobby
The theater's lobby during its heyday
The lobby ceiling, before renovation
One of the theater's original spotlights still remains in the lofted tech booth.
The theater's original movie projector will remain in the space now used to control lighting for shows.
The heads of many of the figures that decorate alcoves on the theater's main floor had been removed while it was closed. Molds were created from the ones that remained to recreate the faces.
The view from backstage