If memory serves me right, the last movie I saw at Loew’s Kings Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn was Silver Streak starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. It was the mid-1970s and just two years after President Ford reportedly told New York City to “drop dead.” At that time crime was up, graffiti covered everything, and Times Square was not a place you took your family. So no one was surprised when all of our grand theaters began to close. One was the Loew’s Metropolitan Theatre in downtown Brooklyn. After years of laying dormant, it’s now home to the mega-church Brooklyn Tabernacle (their choir just sang “The Battle Hymn of Republic” at Barack Obama’s second inauguration). I also remember the RKO Albee Theatre in the same area – it was first turned into a shopping mall, then knocked down, then rebuilt as part of a $15 million revitalization project for Fulton Street and the Downtown Brooklyn area. But further down Flatbush Avenue is the gem of them all – the Loew’s Kings Theatre, originally built in 1929. I’m thrilled to announce it’s set to reopen in late 2014/early 2015 as an art venue for concerts, dance performances, musicals, and comedy shows!
– Lori Llewellyn, Controller/Director of Human Resources