The Loew's Kings Theater in Brooklyn

I was happy to hear recently that the Loew's Kings Theater in Brooklyn, New York will be undergoing renovations for a reopening in 2014 . It was one of those beautiful old movie palaces of the past. I was 13 years old when I first started spending many a wonderful afternoon there, partly because it had double features, air conditioning and great ice cream cones.

I'd like to set the record straight on one point. Some articles have said that I was an usher there. That wasn't the case . . . I was just a kid, a paying customer, a movie lover. Just for the record, a few years later, I did usher in Manhattan’s theater district, which was wonderful, because I got to see the plays for free.

Comments for this Truth Alert

I don't think that was necessarily a lie, but just a little confusion. I remember hearing you ushered and I thought when I saw this post "How cool. The place she worked at when she was young is being renovated!" However, thanks for setting the record strait. (: You're truly on top of everything.

NOBODY SHOULD MIND BARBRA STREISANDS BUSSNESS IT IS HER BUSSNESS EVEN IF SHE WAS A USHER...... IT IS HER RIGHT TO HER PERSONAL BUSSNESS.

I saw many pictures at this majestic movie house. One could spend the entire day there, and see a double feature as well as the news. The neighborhood was also home to several other movies houses which included The Kenmore, Rialto, The Astor, and several other smaller movie houses away from Flatbush Avenue. There was also Ebinger's bakery which was know for their Blackout cake, and rolls, as well as another bakery Jay Dee's.

I saw many pictures at this majestic movie house. One could spend the entire day there, and see a double feature as well as the news. The neighborhood was also home to several other movies houses which included The Kenmore, Rialto, The Astor, and several other smaller movie houses away from Flatbush Avenue. There was also Ebinger's bakery which was know for their Blackout cake, and rolls, as well as another bakery Jay Dee's.

This is great news. We have so few movie theaters in Brooklyn now. There's an empty one in my neighborhood, and the theaters in a nearby mall went out of business in 09 or 10. This will now be the closest one to me, and I will appreciate not having to go to Manhattan every time I want to see a film.

Barbra....

Please Make Howie Z's day...what a HEARTfelt note he left...pull him into your meet N greet on your LA set and give him a PIC and a HUG....he Deserves it!!!

..I have a feeling you are doing more of this as of late,,,and I hope ol Howie gets in on the action!! Eye-wink

and Howie....I'm the Joan Collins to Barbra's Elizabeth...I'll sing for ya for free!!eheheh

Perhaps they should relaunch with a festival of your films. Of course we can see them all on DVD now, but it's not the same as that magical feeling of losing yourself in the dark before you have to "stagger out into the blinding sunlight half alive." Smiling

Being a movie lover myself, I thought it so romantic that my parents met in a movie theatre when they were both only 17. Back in those days, we had amazing old time cinema's like the one that Peter Jackson used in his "King Kong" movie; that cinema is in Auckland where I grew up, enchanted by the whole experience. So like Barbra, I can relate to being mesmerized when just a kid by the whole cinema going experience. Thanks Barbra for your comments.

Maybe this articles are written by people who saw the concert 1995 where you tell about being an usher? And they mixed up the information.

"Dairy of Anne Frank" was the first Broadway show she saw. That was when she was 13.

When she was 13, she was also a regular visitor to the Loew's King movie theater on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn.

When she ushered on Broadway, it was for "The Sound of Music" at the Lunt-Fontaine Theater on West 46th Street.

I wish the kids today still had cool places like theaters to go hang out at and eat in. i am happy to here the theater is still around and going to re-opening. And its a shame people tell so many lies today about you, Ms. Streisand, they should get the truth and tell the truth.

Nataline

As a child growing up in Williamsburg in the 60s, I recall trips to Flatbush and driving by this theater. Even then, it was a classic movie house.

Hi Barbara,
I am Howie, one of your biggest fans from Vanderveer and Erasmus.......Yes, it is wonderful that they are renovating the Loews Kings,,,,,you knew about it before me.....I used to go there alot,too, what a magnificent theater, one that would be quite fitting for you to perfom in......You've given me such pleasure all these years, you bring tears to my face, when I listen to you, though I've never heard you live......could never afford the tickets.....Wishing you a very Happy Birthday,,,,,April 24th.... Be well and enjoy your special day.....And, Happy Pesach! xoxoxo Howie Zwerman,ZiggyZ820@aol.com

Hi Barbara,
I am Howie, one of your biggest fans from Vanderveer and Erasmus.......Yes, it is wonderful that they are renovating the Loews Kings,,,,,you knew about it before me.....I used to go there alot,too, what a magnificent theater, one that would be quite fitting for you to perfom in......You've given me such pleasure all these years, you bring tears to my face, when I listen to you, though I've never heard you live......could never afford the tickets.....Wishing you a very Happy Birthday,,,,,April 24th.... Be well and enjoy your special day.....And, Happy Pesach! xoxoxo Howie Zwerman,ZiggyZ820@aol.com

I think it's wonderful that you correct the many misconception that are written about you Barbra but it seems a bit silly to me that people get sooooo upset about something like whether or not you were an usher in a movie theatre at 13 or not and make an issue of it.....sheesh if I could remember every little insignificant detail of my life and be 100% accurate about it, it would be a miracle.....it's a shame that after all these years of performing and giving such pleasure to so many through your work, that some are still so quick to jump on you over any small mistake and make an issue of it.

I don't know you personally and am hesitant to make an assumption based on what information I get through media and social pages and sites but it appears to me that you have always tried to be honest and forthright and conduct yourself with honour....that's good enough for me.

I hope all is well in your world.

Warmest wishes
Mike M xx

I can relate to the advantage of ushering. I ushered at our Masonic Auditorium in Toledo back in the good old days when we were hosting summer stock theater starting with my senior year in high school. I got to see name performers like Leonard Nimoy as Tevye, and for free. Unfortunately it didn't help me get anywhere near the involvement in music, theater, or cinema as you have done Barbra. The closest I've come is doing some videography and editing. But the ushering did give me an even greater appreciation and love of the theater and musicals.

Barbara is one of my favorite singer-actresses of all times. I have seen most of her movies and have her cds with me in my car. About the theatre, I think that is wonderful and many youngsters are able to enjoy some of the same things that got you started on your marvelous career. One of your biggest fans ever. Kathy

If you simply listen to Barbra: The Concert, she explains it all herself. Remember the story of the Mello Roll and Marlon Brando? It all comes out then.

I also remember Barbra's comments from the concert tour dvd. I'm at the stage in my life when I pay close attention to what is actually spoken. I love Barbra as a singer, actress and director but in her commentary she is real. She is funny and down to earth.

Thanks for sharing your truth and very happy for the renovation. It makes me appreciate you even more...if that's possible.

In her 1996 concert(s), she referenced those mallo (mello?) rolls she enjoyed when going to this movie theatre. She had talked about seeing Marlon Brando in "Guys and Dolls". I'm not obsessed or anything, just remember things said by my favorite actor, singer, director, producer, writer and architectural genius! Smiling

I REALLY like when Barbra talks to us directly rather than going through stupid interviewers
and written articles. The right intent is received on our end rather than
someone's opinion of what she meant- I hate people who try to get inside someone's head and
speculate on what someone's thinking!

Yeah, didn't you usher during a run of Diary of Anne Frank (among others)?

Jeff,
I thought she said she saw Anne Frank (theater) not movie, as a kid in the audience and then decided that she too
could act, like the kid in the show, not ushered it.

No, she didn't usher when she saw "The Diary of Anne Frank". Believe me, I know my Barbra history! Based on HER past interviews and comments, this is what I know:

The Loew's Kings Theater in Brooklyn is a MOVIE theater, not a stage theater. It was the movie theater where she first saw Marlon Brandon in "Guys and Dolls" and it was a place she spent many Saturday afternoons at watching movies and eating "Mellow Rolls" (the best ice cream evah!).

The very first play she ever saw on Broadway was "The Diary of Anne Frank" (for her 14th birthday present I believe). The reason this was a significant event in her life was because it was the first time she looked at another actress, much like her (14 years old and Jewish), and thought; "I could do that. I could play that role." Although she had wanted to be an actress from about the age of seven, that was the moment where that dream of being an actress turned into a very real and tangible goal.

Later at age 15, she became an usher at another stage theater, as she stated above in her truth alert, in Manhattan's theater district. She loved it because she got to see the plays for free!

My oh my, why can't people in the press get these small, simple details CORRECT after ALL of these years? I think it's sheer laziness, plain and simple. These are very easy facts to verify. Thanks for the "truth" on this Barbra!

Blessings to everyone. Hope each of you is having a fabulous week.

Libby J.

Dear Barbra,
I am with few words to say for you on this beautiful day that is your birthday, except to say, that your life has touched mine in such a profound way. Although we do not know each other, you have helped me through so many momentous and challenging times in my life, both good and bad. You are my songbird indeed, I found so much life, magic and hope in your song, and continue to today.

I have seen you in concert twice, once in D.C. 1994, and then in Atlanta in 2006. I was in such awe during the first concert, I hardly remembered a thing!! But I always remember the music, Barbra- the effortless gift you have given all of us for so many, many years.

Celebrate this beautiful life that is yours! I look forward to celebrating with you for many years to come; I know we all do.

Your generosity, grace, passion and many other gifts have touched the world in a very lasting way.

Happy Birthday, Chag Sameach, and much love,
James E.

*Wow, I had more words than I thought I would LOL!

I'm looking forward to the opening of the theatre, it would be nice to open a head of schedule. I'm about to move to either williamsburg or greenpoint in a month now that i'm working in the city. Just looking for a brooklyn moving company to get me there so I don't have to ask friends. Can't wait!

Barbra when you were on the Actors Studio I remember how you were talking about that theater. I remember when I was a kid we lived in Philadelphia my mom would take me to the movies every Saturday the theaters back then were so magnificent I loved how comfortable the seating was and the balcony's. I could hardly wait to go to the movies then, today the theaters are ok nothing special. I have to admit I don't go to the movies as much. Mainly because there is nothing I really want to see. The stars that I grew up with are not making movies as much as they used to. Yes Barbra Iike you Robert Redford all the greats you know who I'm talking about. I"m so grateful that I was able to see all the greats and to go to some of these great movie theaters of yester year.

Dear Barbra,
Happy Birthday to you! I have been watching TMC in St. Louis, Missouri tonight....first I started with The Way We Were and now I'm watching Funny Girl. I really don't think you have ever realized the magnitude of the magic you create whether you are on stage, in a movie, or just standing up for what you believe in...that's why I have been an admirer of yours since I was 12 years old. Just a note...my 76 year old mother calls me every time they are playing The Way We Were, just like she did tonight.
Have a wonderful evening and know how much you are appreciated as a role model for young women, as well as one of our great talents of all time.
Mary Huss
St. Louis Misssouri