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Historic Brooklyn Theatre Seeks Redevelopment


A current view of the interior of the Loews Kings Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn.
Photo courtesy of Starr-Tambor Photography.

March 17, 2008 – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in cooperation with the Brooklyn Borough President, is seeking a developer and operator for the former Loew's Kings Theatre (the “Theatre”). Responses to this Request for Proposals (RFP) must present plans to lease, rehabilitate and operate the Theatre.

The Theatre opened in 1929 as Loew's Flagship Theatre. Designed in the French Renaissance style, the Theatre’s architecture is heavily influenced by the Palace of Versailles and Paris Opera house. The Theatre’s style is enhanced by high curved ceilings, wood paneling and ornate plaster walls. The seating capacity is 3,195 (2,295 in the orchestra and 900 in the mezzanine). The Theatre is approximately 68,300 gross square feet on approximately 55,000 square feet of land.

Located at 1025-1035 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, the Theatre is in the geographic center of the City’s most populous borough, and in the heart of the thriving Flatbush Avenue shopping area. Retail offerings include clothing, appliances, furniture, food, and other goods serving the adjacent residential neighborhoods.

An information meeting and tour will be held at the Theatre on Monday, April 7, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Those who wish to attend the informational meeting must RSVP with Liliana Ruiz at (212) 312-3840 or lruiz@nycedc.com on or before Friday, April 4, 2008. The site tour will be conducted immediately following the informational meeting. Interested parties are strongly encouraged to attend.

Companies that have been certified with the New York City Department of Small Business Services as Minority-and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) are strongly encouraged to apply. To find out more about M/WBE certification and NYCEDC’s M/WBE Program, please go to www.nycedc.com/mwbeprogram.

RFP responses are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, 2008. Submission guidelines and requirements are outlined in the RFP, which can be downloaded at www.nycedc.com/rfp.
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