“Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity. Why would you be realistic? What’s the point of bein’ realistic? I’m gonna do it. It’s done. It’s already done. The second I decide it’s done, it’s already done. It’s just now we just gotta wait for y’all to see.” Will Smith
The immense amount of history in almost all of these theatres. The whole scope of genre’s. A time when movies and actors were classic. Stage productions. Vaudeville. Every time you walk into a theatre of such historic proportions….all I can say is I have walked in several places like these grand old Queens of theatre and for me, I literally have to stop and take it all in. I can feel the age, the spirit that still exists in places like these. I can assure you that the drive to capture this EPIC tour in still imagery does not exist in anyone else’s mind. Knowing now the theatres you have chosen to perform in….. you are literally laying a performance trail of salutations across the country…this book needs to witness that. Please.
Date: September 19
Theatre: Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY
Seating: 3000 people
Trivia/Facts about the Kings Theatre:
The Kings Theatre, formerly Loew’s Kings Theatre, is a movie palace-type theater in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY City. Opened in 1929 and closed in 1977, the theater reopened on February 3, 2015 following a complete renovation. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 22, 2012.
The lavish theater, was designed in the Rapp Brothers’ signature French-influenced baroque style. The interior decor was designed by Harold W. Rambusch. It was one of the five original “Loew’s Wonder Theatres” and it was designed to be a movie and live performance theatre of larger-than-life proportion. The unusually spacious theater boasts superb sight-lines, with the majority of its seats located on the main floor. Instead of a large balcony, the Kings has only a small mezzanine, allowing the entire elegant design to be viewed from anywhere in the auditorium. It has a sweeping staircase in the lobby that leads to the mezzanine.
This theatre originally presented shows that combined movies and live vaudeville. It opened September 7, 1929 with a program that included the film Evangeline, a live stage show, orchestra and solo pipe organ. The film’s star, Dolores del Rio made a special live appearances when the film was being shown. With the decline of vaudeville, however, the theater soon converted to showing feature films only.
On August 30, 1977, the Loew’s Kings closed. Its final film was Islands in the Stream with George C. Scott. After its closing, extensive physical damage was sustained to the Kings’ interior as a result of decades of neglect, water damage and vandalism. The roof was belatedly repaired in 2007 to halt further deterioration. It has been owned by the City of New York since 1979. After closing, the theater was the subject of a film documentary, Memoirs of a Movie Palace.
September 2006, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) in cooperation with the Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the reformation of the historic Loew’s Kings Theatre.
March 2008, the NYCEDC in collaboration with Marty Markowitz issued a Request for Proposals(RFP) for a developer and operator of the former Loew’s Kings Theatre.
February 3rd, 2010, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz announced that ACE Theatrical Group, LLC was selected and contracted as the developer for the restoration of the newly named Kings Theatre. The Houston, Texas based theatrical management and development company was selected to completely restore the historic theatre to a state reminiscent of its original architecture so that it would be able to accommodate modern shows through its expanded stage house. ACE Theatrical Group would also operate the Kings Theatre as a premier performing arts venue, reestablishing it as the prominent live performance establishment.
January 23rd, 2013 a fifty-five year lease with The Kings Theatre Redevelopment Corporation, was executed to commence the redevelopment of the Kings Theatre. Martinez + Johnson Architecture based in Washington, D.C., was selected as the architectural firm. Their award-winning restorations across the country had established them as the preeminent architectural firm of landmark theatres. The Kings Theatre restoration was financed through funding from the City of New York, Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, and United Fund Advisors.
The restoration project cost $95 million and restored the Kings’ Theatre to its original 1929 design. Original plaster and painting schemes were restored, vintage carpet and seating were recreated and historic lighting fixtures were renovated and re-installed.
The restoration of this former movie palace marks the rebirth of an historic venue.
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