(Images: Matt Lambros, reproduced with permission)
Photographer and urban explorer Matt Lambros has made it his mission to document some of the United States’ most impressive abandoned theatres and cinemas – with spectacular results! Cataloging many of the nation’s most endangered former picture houses – some of them perhaps for the last time – led Matt to launch his website After the Final Curtain, which we’ve had the honour of featuring several times before on Urban Ghosts.
This article brings us to Brooklyn, New York City – and a positive outcome for the majestic Loew’s Kings Theatre. It was here in 1929 that the magnificent structure opened to combine movies and vaudeville, seating 3,676 customers. Among the celebrities who worked there as ushers during their younger days were Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler.
When the Kings closed in 1977, its lavish auditorium remained eerily intact, lying in silence behind its shuttered facade for more than 30 years while adaptive reuse plans came and went. But a $70 million effort is now underway to return the theatre to its former glory. Set to reopen in 2015, the haunting movie palace at 1027 Flatbush Avenue will be among the largest of its kind in New York. Find out more about the restoration here, and be sure to take a glimpse beyond the final curtain.
The Loew’s Kings Theatre was also featured in our article about abandoned ballrooms, dance halls and movie palaces.