Brooklyn Councilman Dr. Mathieu Eugene last week joined top city officials at the re-opening of Kings Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn.
Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President Kyle Kimball, ACE Theatrical Group President and Chief Executive Officer David Anderson, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group Managing Director Margaret Anada, and National Development Council (NDC) Executive Vice President Dan Marsh were among dignitaries attending the event.
Initially constructed in 1929, the historic Kings Theatre, for decades a movie palace, reopened its doors for the first time since 1977.
Eugene said he worked closely with partners to restore and revitalize the theater, which is now the largest one in Brooklyn, with more than 3,000 seats.
“Primed to be a cultural hub for Flatbush and the neighborhoods that surround it, Kings Theatre will provide a wide range of theatrical, musical and artistic programming that will reflect the rich cultural diversity of the community and borough it is rooted in,” Eugene said.
He said he was delighted to be one of the featured speakers at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the reopening of the famed theater.
“I know that Kings Theatre is a great cultural resource for New York City and beyond, and words cannot fully express how honored I am to have this great treasure located in the district I represent,” said Eugene, adding that Kings Theatre is already proving to be an economic engine for the community, with the vast majority of its employees being tapped from local neighborhoods.
“I am convinced that this theater will uplift Flatbush, our local communities and our City for generations to come,” he said.
The Kings Theatre will be hosting free community events on Feb. 7, with the inaugural concert taking place on Feb. 3, “with what promises to be an unforgettable performance from music legend Diana Ross,” Eugene said.