Stop in the name of love, and mark your calendars!
The historic Kings Theatre located in Flatbush is set to re-open its doors, and Diana Ross, an icon in Motown music history, will headline its debut!
Ross will hit the stage on February 3, 2015, to celebrate the $93.9 million restoration of the 3,000-seat landmark theatre.
"We are thrilled to welcome New Yorkers back to this historic space and to launch a new era of presenting live entertainment at the Kings with an opening performance by Diana Ross, one of the great living legends of American music," said Kings Theatre executive director Matthew Wolf.
The Kings Theatre opera house and movie hall was originally designed by Rapp & Rapp in 1929 and was one of the five Loew's Wonder Theatres built in New York and New Jersey during that period. Featuring high curved ceilings, ornate plaster walls, wood paneling, pink marble and a glazed terra-cotta ornamental façade, the classic 20th-Century movie palace was inspired by the French Renaissance Revival style of the Palace of Versailles and the Paris Opera House. The once elegant theatre at one time was one of the most sought-after performance venues in the city, attracting the likes of Barbra Streisand and Bob Hope. Unfortunately, it eventually fell into disrepair and was forced to close its doors in 1977.In 2013, a partnership between the city and private investors started the process of the Kings Theatre's renewal. The redevelopment project, spearheaded by ACE Theatrical Group and designed by Martinez+Johnson Architecture with Gilbane Building Company, has revived the historic structure's original splendor and transformed the theatre into a state-of-the-art facility— the largest of its kind in Brooklyn.
Today, almost 40 years later, the iconic theatre will reopen its doors, featuring a performance by Diana Ross, a living icon herself.