That’s the word that came to mind when we stepped in here last night to see the Whitesnake concert in this beautifully renovated theater.
The Kings Theatre is easy to get to from Manhattan by taking the Q subway to the Beverly Road station and walking a few minutes over. It was that simple.
I just could not fathom that this theater was closed for decades. They did a wonderful job bringing it back to its ornate glory. The thick dark woods, chandeliers, red velvet curtains, period furniture, images along the walls, the ceilings in the lobby and main theater, the regal architectural stylings, the amazing faces and carvings along the walls around the stage, and the old school marquee out front listing the night’s event were all breathtaking. There truly is so much to see here, especially if you are one who enjoys the grandiosity of old-school architecture, and a piece of Brooklyn that harkens to a bygone era of NYC entertainment.
Even so, along with the old I have to say the bathrooms are new, modern, and spacious. Plenty of bars offering beer, cocktails, and snacks. Being that it is 2016 the prices reflected that with $10-$12 beers and $5-$10 candies, popcorn, etc. Cash and credit cards accepted.
The seating is comfortable with good sight lines and decent acoustics. Nice staff here too. I know the security protocols when entering might be a put-off for some, but I don’t mind having bags checked and walking through metal detectors or being wanded. The safer the better, especially with what has been going on in the world lately. We all want to feel a little safe attending a fun show.
Only drawback is that the surrounding area seems kind of sketchy with little to do, or go to eat close by after the show. Nothing I would walk to late at night after a show here. We jumped back on the subway and hit a diner in the city. Funny to think that I was born close by and that my whole family used to live here a long time ago. True Brooklyn roots.
All in all it was a rocking night filled with great music that brought me back to the days of long hair lifted high with Aqua Net, zebra striped shirts, leather pants, ripped jeans, fun concerts, spandex, house parties, hooking up, and MTV Metal Mania! These songs played like a scripture of my hair metal youth. Slide It In, Here I Go Again, Love Ain’t No Stranger, Is This Love, Still Of The Night, Fool For Your Loving, The Deeper The Love, Crying In The Rain and so many more performed to perfection by talented musicians fronted by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer himself David Coverdale. Damn, during each song I could still picture the music videos as if it were just yesterday. Tawny Kitaen in a sheer white dress sliding along the hood of a car. The guitar solos. The soaring vocals.
The Kings Theatre is a wonderful venue to see a concert. It’s a classic in the purest sense. Very appropriate that Whitesnake, a classic band from the 80’s music era, tore the roof off here. We will definitely be coming back for future events.
Kings Theatre – http://www.kingstheatre.com/
Whitesnake – http://whitesnake.com/