Versailles in Brooklyn

Courtesy Theatre Historical Society of America

The Kings Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn, opened in 1929 as one of five Loew’s Wonder Theatres in the New York area, was among the most spectacular sights in the borough, with sumptuous interiors modeled after Versailles and Paris’s Palais Garnier. After closing its doors in 1977, the Kings fell into disrepair, its crumbling marquee reflecting the urban decay that then plagued much of the city. The 3,000-seat theater will reopen in January, gorgeously restored to the tune of $93 million, and begin a new life as Brooklyn’s largest performing-arts center.

At 1027 Flatbush Ave.