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Inside the incredible restoration of the Loew’s Kings Theatre

It sat abandoned for 40 years

It took the city two years and $94 million to restore the crumbling Loew’s Kings Theatre, but the effort paid off. The magnificent space re-opened in 2015 and reclaimed its standing as Brooklyn’s largest theatre.

Before the restoration, the derelict theatre sat vacant for 40 years. Looters plundered the building and vegetation began to take over the abandoned building. When it rained, water would flood the building.

Now, thanks to the help of funding from the state of New York, NYCEDC, and the Kings Theatre Redevelopment Company, the theatre is back to its glorious state. Restoration began in 2013, and Martinez+Johnson were the project architects.