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Flatbush’s Kings Theatre is set to re-open for the first time in 40 years with a free debut performance on January 27 by local dancers and musicians, including the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the Brooklyn Ballet. The beautifully restored venue at 1027 Flatbush Avenue has also announced its lineup of 2015 concerts, which kicks off with Diana Ross and includes Crosby, Stills & Nash, Franki Valli and the Four Seasons, Sarah McLachlan and Gladys Knight. Diana Ross will headline the grand opening concert on February 3, and there will be a free open house tour of the theater on February 7, according to KensingtonBK.

Tickets for the free show on January 27 will be available on the Kings Theatre website starting January 20. Check out the full schedule here. We’re looking forward to seeing the interiors, which just underwent a $94,000,000 renovation led by developer ACE Theatrical Group and Martinez & Johnson Architecture.

Built in 1929, Kings was one of the five Loew’s “wonder theaters” constructed throughout New York and New Jersey. It shuttered in 1977 and remained abandoned until 2012, when the city selected ACE to revive it.

Photo by Matt Lambros

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The first-ever Evelyn and Everett Ortner Preservation Awards will be given out Thursday at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, according to an email we received from one of the winners. The awards “recognize projects that are compatible with the historic architecture of Park Slope and interventions by individuals or groups to protect the neighborhood’s historic character,” said the Park Slope Civic Council, which chooses the winners. And they are:

*The award for Exterior Rehabilitation will go to 107 Prospect Park West, a single family mansion built in 1899 that was abandoned in the ’80s. After buying the house in 2011, Horrigan Development gutted and restored the decayed building, which had holes extending from the roof to the cellar and extensive water damage. The developer converted it to condos and rehabbed it into “a stately neo-Italian dwelling…that enhances the appearance of Prospect Park West,” according to the council.

*The Lincoln Place Block Association wins the award for Neighborhood Intervention. “As a result of their joint efforts, the residents were able to prevent alterations to a brownstone on their landmarked block that would have been detrimental to the appearance of their streetscape and backyards,” said the council in an email to us.

*And the Second Empire Victorian-style Henry Bristow School building at 417 6th Avenue, P.S. 39, pictured above, will receive the Exterior Restoration award. Brice Architecture revamped its severely damaged outside by replacing the cornice, fabricating and installing new decorative copper work, reconstructing the slate mansard roof and repointing the brick and stone masonry. Built in 1877, it’s one of the oldest continuously operating school buildings in the country.

*The award for Best New Construction will go to the energy-efficient two-family townhouse at 319 4th Street. Aspen Equities built the house in only eight months and incorporated green building materials, including a solar water heater, EnergyStar appliances and low VOC paints and adhesives throughout.

The Ortners, of course, were the noted preservationists who did so much to save Park Slope and helped launch the brownstoner movement across the country.

Ortner Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by New York Architecture Images

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After forty years of abandonment, the Loew’s Kings Theatre in Flatbush will re-open in January 2015 with newly restored interiors and 3,000 seats, according to a press release spotted by Gothamist. The theater will host more than 200 performances a year across a variety of genres, including comedy, theater, dance, and popular music. Designed by Rapp and Rapp, the theater opened in 1929 and featured high curved ceilings, ornate plater walls, gold-leaf ornament and crystal chandeliers, all of which have been restored or faithfully recreated.

Martinez+Johnson Architecture, who have restored historic theaters across the country, are leading the two-year-long restoration project. The theater closed its doors in 1977, was acquired by the city in 1983, and sat collecting dust at 1027 Flatbush Avenue until restoration work began last year. GMAP

Loew’s Kings Theatre In Brooklyn Will Reopen Next Year [Gothamist]

Photo by Matt Lambros of After the Final Curtain via Facebook