Loew’s Kings Theatre- Brooklyn

This is a teaser post featuring a few shots over the past couple years from the Loew’s Kings movie palace, located in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Two separate full posts, documenting both the theatre itself as well as the mezzanine and lobby spaces will  be coming in the next few days. The theatre is currently in the process of being renovated back into a performing arts space. Designed by Harold W. Rambusch and constructed by the Rapp Brothers in a french-inspired Baroque style, the Kings was one of the five Loew’s Wonder Theatres, constructed as flagship venues for the Loew’s company and only built in New York City metropolitan area. The Kings is the only of the five that remains vacant, though fortunately all five are still standing.

View from the mezzanine

Broad view of the ornate ceiling, shot from the balcony

Mezzanine level of the lobby

View from the grand stairwell at sunset, looking toward the theatre entrance

It’s always interesting taking a break from documenting quarantine hospitals and asylums (which I tend to focus on) in favor of shooting such grandiose structures that were constructed for recreation, rather than recuperation, and I could not be happier that the Kings is being restored.

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    • Mark Bender
    • April 14th, 2011

    Evidently I joined your sight just in time to see this post on The Kings. The theater shares a soft spot in my heart,as I graduated High School at The Kings, and remember marveling at the space while waiting to walk down the aisle in cap and gown. Back in the late 60’s she was looking a “little tired”. Eventually the theater closed and The New York Times ran an article “Movie Palace for Sale”. It was then, back in the 80’s that I met
    Michael Rubinate, and Bruce Friedman. We started a group, “Save The Kings” and were successful in having The City stop the ravages of water intrusion by putting on a new roof. Unfortunately so much damage had already been done by water damage and then came the vandals that ripped the copper wiring out of the building. The brass handrails that graced the grand staircase was ripped out and sold for scrap. A scene from Sophies Choice was filmed in the shuttered theater and the handrail was “reproduced” in styrofoam painted a gold color. (I “think” that scene wound up on the cutting room floor however.)
    I will be happy to fly back to New York for the rededication of this marvelous space and I salute those that continued to fight for its survival. Thanks for your coverage.

  1. I love your photographs. Very atmospheric; but crips and clear

    • Alba Seoane
    • June 28th, 2011

    Those are beautiful.

    I have been trying to contact the management company or office that takes care of the place because I am planning to direct a music video and would love to use the location. It would mean the world to me if you could tell me who to contact to get in there or just point me in the right direction. Thanks a lot,

    Alba

    • Luis Herrera
    • August 29th, 2011

    So many remembrances from when I was 16 or 17 yrs. old

    • Daniel Hack
    • April 30th, 2012

    Can anybody confirm this. My dad recalls seeing Gunga Din at the Kings or maybe it was the Kingston. There was a heatwave at the time in Brooklyn and the audience sat on the roof…for an open-air night screening…Did this happen?

    Daniel

      • Mark Bender
      • May 8th, 2012

      To my knowledge The Kings did not have a rooftop theater, however, I believe The Cameo (?) on Eastern Parkway did.

      • mark bender
      • May 9th, 2012

      Daniel, I checked the Brooklyn Baby Boomers site of Facebook and photos of the Kameo/Cameo Theater’s rooftop theater are posted in one of the MANY theater sites. Explore, and enjoy! BTW…though the theater is currently a church, the rooftop theater though unused is still up there and visible in the photos.

  1. May 2nd, 2011

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