Kings Theatre

Kings Theatre is located on 1027 Flatbush Avenue, between Tilden Avenue and Duryea Place. Opened in 1929 as a movie and vaudeville theatre, it closed in 1977, and was...
Kings Theatre

Kings Theatre

Kings Theatre

Kings Theatre is located on 1027 Flatbush Avenue, between Tilden Avenue and Duryea Place. Opened in 1929 as a movie and vaudeville theatre, it closed in 1977, and was reopened on February 3rd, 2015 after a complete renovation, with a performance by Diana Ross. It was added to the National Register of Historical Places in 2012.

Kings TheatreKings Theatre is now in line with other once-grand theatres that have now shifted to hosting musical performances, such as Radio City Music Hall, Beacon Theatre, Town Hall, and others – perhaps most on line with Apollo Theatre and United Palace Theatre, as it lies not the Great White Way of touristy Broadway, but smack in the middle of a distinct neighborhood, in Kings’ case Flatbush (akin to Apollo and United Palace in Harlem). The box office is separate, next to the entrance, with security foyer (including metal detector) before the main foyer, that has drinks and merchandise. Unlike those theatres, however, it has only one, limited balcony, well back, leaving most of the seats on the main floor and excellent sight lines (there are also a long set of box seats on either side). The drink prices are high, though they at least offer higher quality drinks (and larger beers, including 24-ounce taps).  However, the closest bars (and basement bar) close a half hour or more before the show ends. The lighting and sound are strong, though its flatter layout for the seats does push people farther from the stage and its lights.

While a bit off the beaten path compared with even the Harlem theatres, Kings Theatre has been booking well since opening up, getting similar large-scale acts that aren’t playing Madison Square Garden. Indeed, it has often combo-ed with Manhattan venues like Beacons, where an act that doesn’t want to play MSG can play date(s) at a Manhattan place like Beacon and play Brooklyn at Kings. It is one of Brooklyn’s largest venues, perhaps the largest year-round indoor space after Barclays Center (could even be seen as the Beacons or Radio City to Barclays’ MSG). Class all the way.

all ages

Capacity: 3,000


1027 Flatbush Avenue (Between Tilden Avenue and Duryea Place)

By Subway:

B or Q to Church Avenue – walk 3 blocks south on East 18th Street, 4 blocks east on Albemarle Road, cross Flatbush Avenue and walk 1 and 1/2 blocks south
2 or 5 to Beverly Road – walk 9 blocks west on Beverly Road, 1 and 1/2 blocks north on east side of Flatbush Avenue
Q to Beverly Road – walk 7 blocks east on Beverly Road, cross Flatbush Avenue and walk 1/2 block north
2 or 5 to Church Avenue – walk 6 blocks west on Church Avenue, 3 and 1/2 blocks south on east side of Flatbush Avenue

QRO Coverage:

-Kathleen Hanna interview by Molly Ringwald, May 14th, 2024 – photos

-Damien Rice, November 29th, 2023 – photos

-Liz Phair, with Blondshell, November 24th, 2023 – Liz Phair photos, Blondshell photos

-Nathaniel Rateliff, with Kevin Morby, November 2nd, 2023 – Nathaniel Rateliff photos, Kevin Morby photos

-The Walkmen, with Rostam, October 17th, 2023 – The Walkmen live review, The Walkmen photos, Rostam photos

-The Breeders, September 23rd, 2023 – live review, photos

-Rodrigo y Gabriela, June 27th, 2023 – photos

-Sisters of Mercy, June 2nd, 2023 – photos

-Gregory Porter, with Jazzmeia Horn, February 11th, 2023 – Gregory Porter photos, Jazzmeia Horn photos

-KARD, August 12th, 2022 – photos

-Interpol, May 15th, 2022 – live review, photos

-Big Thief, April 16th, 2022 – photos

-Trixie and Kayta, April 4th, 2022 – photos

-Gregory Porter, with Superblue: Kurt Elling featuring Charlie Hunter and Samara Joy, February 12th, 2022 – Gregory Porter photos, Superblue: Kurt Elling featuring Charlie Hunter photos, Samara Joy photos

-She & Him, with Pete Lee, December 6th, 2019 – She & Him photos, Pete Lee photos

-Gesaffelstein, November 22nd, 2019 – photos

-Karen O & Danger Mouse, with Andrew Savage, November 14th, 2019 – Karen O & Danger Mouse photos, Andrew Savage photos

-Metric, February 18th, 2019 – live review, photos

-Tenacious D, November 3rd, 2018 – live review, photos

-Garbage, October 27th, 2018 – photos

-Nine Inch Nails, October 17th, 2018 – photos

-Modest Mouse, October 9th, 2018 – live review, photos

-Yeah Yeah Yeahs, November 7th, 2017 – photos

-Father John Misty, May 10th, 2017 – photos

-Ghost, November 12th, 2016 – photos

-Wilco, with Jim Campilongo, February 5th, 2016 – Wilco live review, Wilco photos, Jim Campilongo photos

-Glen Hansard, November 30th, 2015 – photos

-Of Monsters and Men, September 24th, 2015 – photos

-Pixies, with John Grant, May 28th, 2015 – Pixies live review, Pixies photos, John Grant photos

Kings Theatre

Kings Theatre

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