Kings Theatre

Brooklyn, NY

“Kings has begun to dazzle again. Plasterers and painters are back in charge.”
-New York Times 

Designed by architects Rapp & Rapp and built in 1929, the 3,200-seat Kings Theater in Flatbush is the largest indoor theatre in Brooklyn. One of the five “Loew’s Wonder Theaters,” the interior was inspired by Versailles and the Paris Opera House with high, curved ceilings, ornate plaster walls, wood paneling, pink marble, and a glazed terra-cotta ornamental façade. After closing its doors in 1977, the shuttered theater slowly deteriorated. Extensive physical damage was sustained to the Kings’ interior as a result of decades of neglect, water damage and vandalism.

In 2013, The Kings Theatre Redevelopment Company (ACE Theatrical Group, the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, and the National Development Council) was chosen by the NYCEDC to revive the theatre as an economic engine and cultural hub. EverGreene worked with Gilbane Construction and Martinez + Johnson Architects to completely rehabilitate and restore the Kings Theatre for its 2015 reopening. Ornamental plaster in the auditorium was restored: lost balcony fascia had to be created from extant sections, decorative statues in the grotto were in need of repair and smaller ornamental fixtures that had been completely lost and damaged were recreated. A decorative paint scheme sympathetic to the 1929 original was implemented; ornament in the auditorium and lobby ceilings was gilded and glazed, returning the shine back to the theatre. Wood finishes were regrained and restored as were historic metal fixtures throughout the palatial space.

The restoration took two years to complete, returning the brilliance and majesty inherent in Kings’ wondrous design.

Read more on Curbed, Gothamist, NY Observer and Brooklyn Paper

Owner: City of New York
Operators: ACE Theatrical Group
General Contractor: Gilbane Building Company
ArchitectMartinez + Johnson

 
Kings Theatre before restoration

Kings Theatre before restoration

Kings Theatre plaster decay and distruction

Severe water damage had destroyed entire areas of the theater

Work in progress to restore the ceiling of the Kings Theatre

Craftsmen restore ornamental ceiling

Work in progress to repaint the ornamental ceiling at the Kings Theatre

Craftsmen restore the ornamental ceiling

Kings Theatre, Brooklyn

A decorative painter glazes finishes in the auditorium

Master plasters recreate the lost balcony fascia in the auditorium.

Decorative painters implemented an historically accurate palette to adorn the interior.

Kings Theatre, Brooklyn

Master plasterers re-created historic ornament that had been lost entirely.

Kings Theatre, Brooklyn

Plaster ornament in the theatre grotto.

The restored lobby of Kings Theatre, photo by Matt Lambros.

A completely restored stairwell, Kings Theatre. Photo by Matt Lambros.

The fully-restored auditorium, Kings Theatre. Photo by Matt Lambros.

Another look at the complete restoration of Kings Theatre's auditorium. Photo by Matt Lambros.

Kings Theatre opened in early 2015, with Diana Ross performing at a sold-out opening night show. Photo by Matt Lambros.



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