Last year, Untapped Cities contributor Matt Lambros took us into the abandoned Loew’s King Theater in Brooklyn, a theater designed with inspiration from the Paris Opera Garnier and the Palace of Versailles. Although it was Loew’s flagship theater, high maintenance costs along with the arrival of the multiplex doomed this beautiful space like many other grand theaters of the era. But in 2010, the City of New York announced a $70 million renovation to restore the Kings Theatre for use as a performing arts center by 2014.
The Economic Development Corporation recently released photographs of the renovation:
An article on the EDC blog states that once completed,
the Theatre will host approximately 200-250 live performances a year, including concerts, dance, theatre, comedy and other live shows. The Project will generate approximately 510 construction jobs and approximately 50 permanent jobs…The Theatre will serve as both a cultural hub and catalyst for economic growth along Flatbush Avenue and throughout Central Brooklyn.