Monday, September 15, 2014

The abandoned Loew's Kings Theatre in New York

Loew's Kings Theatre opened September 7, 1929 in Brooklyn. The 3,676 seat house was built and operated by the Loew's Theatres chain, and was one of the five "Loew's Wonder Theatres" in the New York metropolitan area. It originally presented shows that combined movies and live vaudeville. Many celebrities who grew up in Brooklyn and went to area high schools worked as ushers at Loew's Kings, among them were Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler.

King's Theatre closed in 1971 and fell in disrepair for the next 4 decades. Although it was left intact at the time it shut down, extensive physical damage was sustained to its interior as a result of decades of neglect, water damage and vandalism. The City of New York, owner of the theater since 1979, decided in 2010 to fully restore it and renovate it in order to be used as a modern theater, accommodating some 250 performances a year. Restoration works are currently in progress and Kings Theatre is going to reopen in 2015. Most of the following photos where taken before these works began.

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