Two years ago to the day that New York City embarked on a $94 million restoration of the Loew's Kings Theatre in Flatbush, the institution reopened its doors and reclaimed its standing as Brooklyn's largest theater. The restoration was painstaking: when it began in 2013, the theater had already been sitting vacant for four decades, a time during which looters plundered everything that wasn't bolted down (and most of the things that were), and nature found its way into the neglected structure. "The carpets used to kind of squish when you walked around," Jeff Greene of EverGreene Architectural Arts said recalling the building in its pre-restoration state, when, during inclement weather, water would gush through the ceiling, down the balconies, and pool amidst the theater seats. Looking at the majestic space now, any traces of its derelict state have been absolutely erased. From the brink of utter deterioration, the former Loew's Wonder Theatre has been saved and returned to the city perhaps in a more glorious state even than before.
Looking at the before restoration pictures the decay looked to be terminal, but what a turn round from the edge of oblivion to a restored icon of Hollywood's Golden Age. I do so envy those who can go and see this theatre you are so fortunate while we on the other side of the pond have to be content with pictures.
I commend those who chose to restore this magnificent theater. Unfortunately there were people here in our city who could have did the same and chose not to. Thus many of our old movie palaces were razed and became parking lots. Our United Artist was the only restoration. Sitting in this beautiful theater for movies ,stage shows, etc,one can imagine how it would have been in the other theaters. If multiplexes is your thing, go for it. As for myself, Ill take the originals anytime.
Just looked at the pictures of the restored theatre and it is absolutely sumptuous. For anyone who has not read this article of a Picture Palace from the Golden Age gloriously resurrected, be sure to have a look. What a magnificent achievement!