A venue -- and neighborhood -- grows in Brooklyn: Looking behind the deals that restored the beloved Kings Theatre.

From its grand debut in 1929 through its last ­picture show in 1977, and through decades of neglect since, the Kings Theatre rose in all its ornate glory above Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. When word came of plans to restore the Kings, it brought cheers from many who grew up in the neighborhood.

"It was one of those beautiful old movie palaces of the past," wrote Barbra Streisand on her website. "I was 13 years old when I started spending many a wonderful afternoon there, partly because it had double features, air conditioning and great ice cream cones."

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