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(Daily Mail)   Loew's Kings Theatre in Brooklyn to undergo an insanely exorbitant $100 restoration   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 36
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2013-12-16 10:51:09 AM  
Well . . .

1) It's almost $100 million,
2) Looks like a pretty cool place, and
3) It boggles my mind that places like this sit abandoned for almost 40 years.  Even if it wasn't restored, I would have thought someone would have been interested in at least leveling it and putting up a strip mall by now.
 
2013-12-16 11:03:51 AM  
It is really in good shape for being abandoned for that long.
 
2013-12-16 11:14:17 AM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: Well . . .

1) It's almost $100 million,



Earlier it was "$100", but the geniuses at DM edited their shiat in time and killed their headline.
 
2013-12-16 11:14:58 AM  

that1guy77: Three Crooked Squirrels: Well . . .

1) It's almost $100 million,


Earlier it was "$100", but the geniuses at DM edited their shiat in time and killed their headline.


...killed Subby's headline. Ugh.
 
2013-12-16 12:27:59 PM  
$100?

Someone's de-greasing the popcorn machine!
They're hired a Chinese boy to usher for the next year!
Incandescent lights for the front seats!
Nalgahyde nalgahyde nalgahyde!

(Don't care if the article is accurate now, this is more fun)
 
2013-12-16 12:28:30 PM  
Looks like it would be a great place to see a band, especially from the balcony. I love old "movie palace" theaters like that, they're pretty common here in Los Angeles.
 
2013-12-16 12:29:37 PM  
Obviously they didn't go to Lowe's for materials.
 
2013-12-16 12:31:13 PM  
Ok, at first I was all "WTF fail subby?", then I read the comments.

I would have loved to have had a chance to wander through this place prior to the start of the restoration.  I've always been fascinated by this kind of old thing.
 
2013-12-16 12:39:43 PM  
Wasn't this a level in Bioshock?
 
2013-12-16 12:48:39 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: Well . . .

1) It's almost $100 million,
2) Looks like a pretty cool place, and
3) It boggles my mind that places like this sit abandoned for almost 40 years.  Even if it wasn't restored, I would have thought someone would have been interested in at least leveling it and putting up a strip mall by now.


If it were in Houston, that would have happened already
 
2013-12-16 12:53:24 PM  
Are they going to have nice leather seats and waitresses that bring you a giant mug of beer and food?
No?  Well fark that I'm going to to Movie Tavern.
 
2013-12-16 12:54:36 PM  
They're even going to get new rats, and everything!
 
2013-12-16 01:07:54 PM  
GOOD JOB SUBBY YOU FOUND A TYPO!
 
2013-12-16 01:16:05 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: 3) It boggles my mind that places like this sit abandoned for almost 40 years.  Even if it wasn't restored, I would have thought someone would have been interested in at least leveling it and putting up a strip mall by now.


My mom grew up here (Flatbush).  She went to the theater frequently.  Was predomantly Irish neighborhood (like a lot of Brooklyn) but then a "demographic change" occurred & the neighborhood went to hell.

In 1980, we had to move our grandparents out of the neighborhood (my Pop kept getting mugged).  Sold the house for $50k.  4 levels with yard.   I would KILL to have that back in the family.

** Checks Zillow ***

$1.1 million today!!!  My grandfather installed telephones for Ma Bell for a living.  Shows what lower middle class could get you around WWII era in NYC.
 
2013-12-16 01:32:16 PM  
Hope this link works this  is a Lowes in Jamaica Queens.  Woth the trip
 
2013-12-16 01:36:52 PM  
Good
 
2013-12-16 01:40:43 PM  

that1guy77: Three Crooked Squirrels: Well . . .

1) It's almost $100 million,


Earlier it was "$100", but the geniuses at DM edited their shiat in time and killed their headline.


LOL, I figured it was something like that before I even clicked on the story. $100 seemed obviously low.
 
2013-12-16 02:21:49 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: Well . . .

1) It's almost $100 million,
2) Looks like a pretty cool place, and
3) It boggles my mind that places like this sit abandoned for almost 40 years.  Even if it wasn't restored, I would have thought someone would have been interested in at least leveling it and putting up a strip mall by now.


It's in a very poor neighborhood. No one's building strip malls, or anything else, there. For decades, the land wasn't worth the cost of tearing the building down.

The area is not great even today, but it's much better than it used to be. I'm a little surprised that such an expensive renovation is already happening, though. The market for a high-end cinema still isn't large in this part of Brooklyn.
 
2013-12-16 02:25:29 PM  
Three Crooked Squirrels: It boggles my mind that places like this sit abandoned for almost 40 years.  Even if it wasn't restored, I would have thought someone would have been interested in at least leveling it and putting up a strip mall by now.

The building that's now the Tenement Museum in lower Manhattan was walled up in 1935 and wasn't reopened until 1988.
 
2013-12-16 02:44:39 PM  
You know, it kinda looks like the Muppet Theater when they started working on it. Is that Walter in the background?
 
2013-12-16 02:56:33 PM  
I love older buildings like that. There's just something about masonry and concrete from the 1900s to 1950s that I just find cool. Stuff from the 60s and 70s can hang too, though newer is typically meh.

Dunno why. But I also love buildings with basements and odd layouts. I'm awesome like that.
 
2013-12-16 02:59:25 PM  
What must have gone through the mind of the last person to lock up the doors, knowing the building would sit and rot for who knows how long?
 
2013-12-16 02:59:30 PM  

under a mountain: Hope this link works this  is a Lowes in Jamaica Queens.  Woth the trip


Wow!  I love the inside of the auditorium.  Moraccan themed and amazing!  I would love to own that.
 
2013-12-16 03:03:35 PM  
Now that's a proper movie theater!  It's going to be absolutely gorgeous when the restoration work is done.  Wish I could go there.  Bugger all these damn stupid shoebox multiplexes.
 
2013-12-16 03:09:14 PM  
i.telegraph.co.uk

Approves
 
2013-12-16 03:55:58 PM  
Just curious, but who's paying for this?  Is it a city-owned "community center" type place or a foundation-type place or what?  Private investors?  Just wondering....

Is a cool old building.....
 
2013-12-16 04:02:16 PM  
Maybe they can spare a couple million to help restore Steinert Hall.
 
2013-12-16 04:44:32 PM  
FTAC (Fromt the Article's comments)
"As beautiful as it will be, it will need 2,600 consecutive sold out nights @ $10/head to generate the revenue to pay for the rehab. Considering expenses, 30 years to break even will be a long shot, so expect the price of popcorn and soda to be outrageous!"

I never really understood when people "restore" buildings that are significantly destroyed/disrepair.  If you have to essentially rebuild the entire building to bring it up to code, why not just make it modern?
 
2013-12-16 06:35:02 PM  
That's 61 British Pounds Sterling.
 
2013-12-16 06:45:00 PM  

wookiemonster: FTAC (Fromt the Article's comments)
"As beautiful as it will be, it will need 2,600 consecutive sold out nights @ $10/head to generate the revenue to pay for the rehab. Considering expenses, 30 years to break even will be a long shot, so expect the price of popcorn and soda to be outrageous!"

I never really understood when people "restore" buildings that are significantly destroyed/disrepair.  If you have to essentially rebuild the entire building to bring it up to code, why not just make it modern?


It's in New York, it will have that, I assure you. 2600 nights is 7 years. A place like this in Brooklyn will be filled up for 20.
 
2013-12-16 06:46:34 PM  

wookiemonster: FTAC (Fromt the Article's comments)
"As beautiful as it will be, it will need 2,600 consecutive sold out nights @ $10/head to generate the revenue to pay for the rehab. Considering expenses, 30 years to break even will be a long shot, so expect the price of popcorn and soda to be outrageous!"

I never really understood when people "restore" buildings that are significantly destroyed/disrepair.  If you have to essentially rebuild the entire building to bring it up to code, why not just make it modern?


Um, if they do live performances then they will likely be charging a lot more than 10 dollars a head.  Whoever did that math has probably never been anywhere near the entertainment industry.  Another reason not to read comments.  Also, if they restore this they can get a lot of things grandfathered in during the restoration, you would be shocked to see what modern safety equipment theaters I have worked in are lacking because of this (Fire alarms, smoke detectors, etc...)  I'd sit near an exit at this place.
 
2013-12-16 06:52:43 PM  

puckrock2000: Maybe they can spare a couple million to help restore Steinert Hall.


You know, Interscope wasted more than $25 million marketing Lady Gaga's "Artpop" which is looking like it won't make back nearly that much money.  If the studio had spent the estimated $6 million to restore that theater and just recorded her singing in it with a piano, along with video of the restoration and her songs, they probably could have made back triple, not including any licensing deals they made with artists that would subsequently use the space.

They could even sell it as Lady Gaga singing in a theater that has been shut off from the public for the last 70 years.  People who didn't know what they were talking about would dedicate articles to "the richness of the sound" and "how she got back to her art."  It would be a giant win-win masturbatory exercise for her, the label, and the music press all at once.
 
2013-12-17 01:29:10 AM  
Lady Gaga
 
2013-12-17 01:51:50 AM  
I live a few blocks away from this theater.  Yeah the neighborhood ain't great, but it's not too bad if you like West Indian and Caribbean food.  I was walking by with a friend who asked me what was up with the old run down theater, and a passer-by filled us in on the restoration.  I had no idea it was that nice inside from the looks of the outside.  Looking forward to seeing it.
 
2013-12-17 01:52:12 AM  

wookiemonster: FTAC (Fromt the Article's comments)
"As beautiful as it will be, it will need 2,600 consecutive sold out nights @ $10/head to generate the revenue to pay for the rehab. Considering expenses, 30 years to break even will be a long shot, so expect the price of popcorn and soda to be outrageous!"

I never really understood when people "restore" buildings that are significantly destroyed/disrepair.  If you have to essentially rebuild the entire building to bring it up to code, why not just make it modern?


Ever been to Florence, Paris, or Vienna? Ever seen pictures of what Penn Station used to look like before they torn it down and our up modern buildings? Beautiful things are worth keeping.

What little architecture we have left is part of our history as an American people. What hasn't yet been turned into a strip mall, WalMart, or cheap condos and McMansions is worth fighting to keep and preserve.
 
2013-12-17 01:55:26 AM  

rocinante721: Three Crooked Squirrels: 3) It boggles my mind that places like this sit abandoned for almost 40 years.  Even if it wasn't restored, I would have thought someone would have been interested in at least leveling it and putting up a strip mall by now.

My mom grew up here (Flatbush).  She went to the theater frequently.  Was predomantly Irish neighborhood (like a lot of Brooklyn) but then a "demographic change" occurred & the neighborhood went to hell.

In 1980, we had to move our grandparents out of the neighborhood (my Pop kept getting mugged).  Sold the house for $50k.  4 levels with yard.   I would KILL to have that back in the family.

** Checks Zillow ***

$1.1 million today!!!  My grandfather installed telephones for Ma Bell for a living.  Shows what lower middle class could get you around WWII era in NYC.


My wife's family owned almost a whole block in Chelsea. Gave it away in the 70's to move out and go to Jersey.

Crazy to think how much it would be worth today.
 
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