OpenedÂ onÂ September 7, 1929Â in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, near Beverly Road.Â A French Renaissance style architecture inspired by the Palace of Versailles and the Paris Opera House. This old lady will be restoredÂ toÂ herÂ regalÂ splendor, thanks to MayorÂ Bloomberg and our very own Borough President, Marty Markowitz.Â A $70+ Million project,Â with 500 construction jobsÂ that willÂ become anotherÂ destinationÂ as well as a much needed economic boom along Flatbush
Avenue andÂ Central Brooklyn according to NYCEDC.
Needless to say, the surrounding properties ofÂ this soon to be cultural icon willÂ surely benefit in value and renewed foot traffic for the little ma & pa stores and restaurants.Â
I can remember the last time IÂ enjoyed popcorn and a good movie at this theater was back in the 70's ,when I saw "The Tamarind Seed " (1974) with Julie Andrews and the very handsome Omar Sharif! Â The lush scenery of Barbadosplaying across the wide screen, intrigueÂ all within its beautiful interior, made for a wonderful evening.
The theater is scheduled to reopen in 2014 and promises to host 200-250 productions annually! wow!
I can't wait!Â Â Another good reason to come on over to Brooklyn.