I’ve got all my life to live, and I’ve got all my love to give, and I’ll survive. I WILL SURVIVE!
So sang Queen Diana Ross at the grand re-opening of King’s Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn. On that cold, February night, Ross’s words were less about spurned love than the stage on which she was performing: After almost 40 years of disuse, decline, and decay, this monumentally beautiful palace was back – all to the tune of a $95 million restoration, the product of a public/ private partnership.
If this hypnotic, sold-out evening was any indication, the Kings will continue to survive, dammit. It will survive.
I got a few, harried iPhone pictures in while attending Ross’s concert – check them out… and then see the theatre for yourself.
The theatre is 3,200 seats strong, and not one of them is bad. (Believe me. I was in the very rear of the mezz and almost felt the ruffle of Ross’s tulle gowns.)
The governing principle behind the space’s design seems to be “more is more;” it’s impossible to argue with this philosophy when greeted by a box this sumptuous, this lavish:
Unlike, say, a typical Broadway theatre, the Kings is incredibly open, the mezz extending over only a few rows of the rear orchestra. This openness makes the space really feel like an arena.
The lobby is no less impressive than the house…
… and it features several architectural treasures like this old lighting unit.
Renovations this extraordinary face mind-numbing obstacles of politics and finance… so three hearty cheers to everyone involved in an urban renewal this miraculous. THANK YOU for bringing this gorgeous gem back to life!
Did you think I’d crumble?
Did you think I’d lay down and die?
Oh no, not I! I will survive!