Kings Theatre

Construction services provider Gilbane Building Company has completed the $95m restoration and renovation of Kings Theatre in the Flatbush neighbourhood of Brooklyn, New York.

The theatre was vacant for nearly 40 years and needed restoration and renovation work to bring the former movie palace back to its original grandeur.

Construction work broke ground in January 2013 and included a five-month stabilisation period to make the space a safe working environment.

As part of the renovation, accumulated water and mould was removed and the roof was repaired to prevent further environmental damage.

The Kings Theatre revitalisation project was led by Martinez+Johnson Architecture and involed restoration or recreation of ornate plaster walls, gold-leaf ornament throughout, rich wood paneling, elaborate curved ceilings and the terracotta facade.

Original elements were retained where possible and areas damaged beyond repair were recreated and an extra 10,000ft² of space was constructed to accommodate live performance.

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"We are proud to have played a role in bringing this beautiful theatre back to the borough of Brooklyn and the city of New York."

Gilbane Building Company vice-president Neil Heyman said: "The collaboration between all parties involved, from owners, architect, preservation specialist, and all the trades-made this a successful project, completing on schedule and on budget.

"We are proud to have played a role in bringing this beautiful theatre back to the borough of Brooklyn and the city of New York."

New York City, New York State, Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, the National Development Council and ACE Theatrical Group jointly funded the restoration.

Designed by Rapp & Rapp in 1929, the Kings Theatre features curved ceilings, ornate plaster walls, wood paneling, pink marble and a glazed terracotta ornamental facade.

The theatre’s renovation and restoration is said to be a partnership between the New York City Economic Development and the Kings Theatre Redevelopment Company, which is a consortium of ACE Theatrical Group, Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group and the National Development Council.

Image: Construction work on Kings Theatre broke ground in January 2013. Photo: courtesy of PR Newswire.