Saturday, January 3, 2015

The "Wonder Theaters" of New York and New Jersey

 Kings Theater in Flatbush Set to Reopen, and Lift a Neighborhood.  (The New York Times, 12/30/2014)

5 -- count 'em -- 5. 
Kings Theater was one of five “wonder theaters” in New York and New Jersey built in 1929 and 1930 by the Loews movie theater chain. The Kings, designed by the architectural firm Rapp & Rapp, had interiors by the Rambusch Company that were inspired by the Palace of Versailles and Paris Opera House. With its reopening, four of the theaters — the Jersey, in Jersey City; the Paradise, in the Bronx; the 175th Street Theater, in Upper Manhattan; and the Kings — will be used for entertainment. The fifth, the Valencia in Jamaica, Queens, is now a church.

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