Restoration Starts on the Historic Loew’s Kings Theatre
Today the restoration of the historic Loew’s Kings Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn was announced. Originally constructed in 1929, the 3,200-seat Loew’s Kings Theatre is the largest indoor theatre in Brooklyn which was closed in 1977. The theatre will be revitalized by a consortium of ACE Theatrical, Goldman Sachs and the National Development Council and received financing from the City, Marty Markowitz, the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group and United Fund Advisors.
The $93.9 million project is estimated to create more than 500 construction jobs and 50 permanent jobs. The theatre will expand from a 68,000 square-foot space to about 93,000 square feet. Once renovations are complete in late 2014, the theatre is expected to host between 200 and 250 performances a year. The Loew’s Kings Theatre will serve as a cultural hub and catalyst for economic growth along Flatbush Avenue and throughout Central Brooklyn.
For more information, visit http://on.nyc.gov/145nANK.
This is so awesome. The theatre is not that far away from Brooklyn College. Very exciting news.
Before there was Brooklyn College…
The other day I spent a remarkable afternoon perusing old photos of Brooklyn College in the Archives and Special Collections portion of the library. Brooklyn College has a huge collection that spans seven floors (including the largest private collection of boxing memorabilia — who knew?).
With the help of Edythe Rosenblatt, the assistant archivist, I am going to be posting *tons* of amazing photos from BC’s history. Just to give you a little taste …
This photo was taken in 1905 of the Ditmas House, which was torn down in 1961 to make way for the Student Center. Can you believe Flatbush used to be surrounded by trees and had cows roaming a green pasture?
This next photo was taken in the 1920s on the lot that is now Brooklyn College. Before the land for the campus was purchased, the lot was home to a circus. I wish we still had a ferris wheel on campus!
Stay tuned for more from the archives.