Kent Theatre

1170 Coney Island Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11230

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 26, 2006 at 2:56 pm

Here are some photographs I took of the Kent Theatre:
July 2003 showing old marquee:
A couple of photographs from June 2006 showing the new marquee and restored facade:

overcertified on March 6, 2006 at 7:23 am

The theater becomes stronger and stronger as others die out. In the past 2-3 years we have lost the kenmore, fortway, kingsway, marlboro, all near and close to the kent. Meanwhile, the kent is still weak as many of the shows are poorly attended. Typically 10-20 people may be in a show, and I have been to shows with 2-3 people (including myself). But sometimes a big show (popular) comes in, and the reduced rate Wednesdays also bring in some money. During the summer the theater also rents out to peoples day camp and that brings in money too.

Theaterat on March 5, 2006 at 6:39 am

Its amazing how a very small theater like the KENT can survive in this day and age. Quess it will be around for a while. I noticed a new marquee was installed recently. This neighborhood {wich is predominately Pakistani and Bangladeshi}probably has a core group that supports the theater to keep it in business. If that is the case, the Kent is a true survivor!

overcertified on January 16, 2006 at 7:29 am

A bit has happened in the two months. A new marquis was built, and doe not look too ugly. It just says Kent. Under the marquis and above the entrance doors is a sign that shows the movies playing. At one time they were putting up the movie times, but it looks like they stopped that.

In December I went on a Wednesday to see King Kong, and they shut down the theater for the rest of the night. Some lady (about 50 years old) was fond dead and in a box or barrel outside in the back of the theater. (in the alleyway)

overcertified on December 7, 2005 at 7:37 am

Some renovations. Last week the marquis was ripped apart only showing just the bare metal structure. They are going to rebuild and modernize the marquis.

jbels on November 9, 2005 at 7:07 am

I remember when Caligula took over this theatre and showed for what seemed liked the longest time. At that point, I wasn’t old enough to get into it, but I also remember looking into the theatre and watching the ticket taker watching the screen, a girl who did not look old enough to be seeing it either.

genahy on September 6, 2005 at 7:08 pm

You know that scene in Gilmore Girls where that guy has a movie theater in his living room? That’s the size of the Kent.

overcertified on September 6, 2005 at 7:07 am

First take the theater and split it in half right down the middle.
Then, take the right side and divide it in half – 120 seats in back and 141 seats in front. In-between the back half (which is really theater 3) and the left half (theather 1) is a narrow hallway that lets people get from the lobby to the front half.

br91975 on September 6, 2005 at 6:13 am

What’s the layout of the three screens at the Kent?

overcertified on September 6, 2005 at 4:27 am

I just saw Transporter 2 this weekend at the Kent. If you check through moviephone and other venues, only two films are listed (Transporter 2 and 4 Brothers). I saw on all the windos the info for the Russian film, including a 1 page description/review of the film (in Russian) (I can’t read Russian). Since I went to the first showing, I paid 4.50 for the Transporter 2 film. Normally the films will be $7.00 (less the Wednesday and first showing specials). The Russina film was $10.00.

This is not the first attempt by Kent to do films like this. A couple of years back they were doing Hindu/Indian films.

genahy on September 4, 2005 at 5:44 pm

I saw the Russian film article too. That was a smart move, because that’s the only way to keep Kent up and running. However, have to wonder why the Oceana (Brighton Beach theater) or cinema kings highway were not converted for such use. Both areas have higher percentages of Russians than Coney Island Avenue.

DougDouglass on September 4, 2005 at 2:13 am

Today’s Daily News reports Russian films are being shown. The idea of Gregory Davidzon, producer of local Russian radio programs. Initially, two to five films will be shown daily.
If successful, Davidzon will take a long term lease.

overcertified on July 31, 2005 at 8:32 pm

It is independently owned. It is rarely full, even when taking in blockbusters. It’s pricing is cheap considering $7.50 vs $8.75. It appeared to have a slight spike when the Kingsway closed. The screens are garbage, the sound is garbage, but they get many first run, and the parking isn’t that bad. Now with the Fortway closing, that is less competition. However, I think less people are just going to the movies alltogether, and that is the real killer.

How many people remember the “Stop Pay TV” promotions at the theaters back in the 1960’s! I guess they were right, cable killed the theaters. But so did VCR & DVD which weren’t even inveted back then!

MikeRadio on July 4, 2005 at 8:01 pm

How long will this place stay open?

MikeRadio on July 8, 2004 at 10:14 pm

Seats and carpeting?

How about that funnell sound system.

You can not even hear the diologue~!

genahy on June 30, 2004 at 11:20 pm

yes, the kent was used in purpple rose…I remember my uncle telling me about it at the time…

theatrefan on June 25, 2004 at 11:19 am

The Kent has recently put in new seats and carpeting, although not the most comfortable, it’s an improvement over what was there before.

RobertR on January 29, 2004 at 10:50 am

I could have sworn Woody Allen used The Kent, I remember the owner telling me that was how they afforded the original twinning after the closing for the movie shoot. It was stupid to not remodel the Kingsway it’s such a densely populated area for a triplex thats only open nights.

MikeRadio on January 24, 2004 at 11:16 am

The Ciema Kings Highway…. Is that the one that was off Ocean Prkway and was an adult movie house (as long as I could remember)?


Orlando on January 23, 2004 at 2:38 pm

The Kent Theatre opened in 1938-9. It only had 596 seats, so each of the screens now seat less than 170 allowing for the loss of seats during the “tri-plexing”. From the outside, only the box-office and very small lobby are the only unmaintained remnants of this always independently run house. It only hangs on by being the remaining screens for the nearby Midwood section. This theatre was not used in “Purple Rose Of Cairo” for the interior or the exterior shots.
That film’s “JEWEL” Theatre was inspired by the actual Jewel Theatre on Kings Highway where Woody Allen went to the movies in his Brooklyn days. The Jewel became the Cinema Kings Highway in 1965.

Anna on January 23, 2004 at 11:16 am

it still has that older day charm to it……….

MikeRadio on December 4, 2003 at 6:35 pm

The “New Kent Triplex” is independently owned… and is NOT new! In ANY way.

It is a little disgusting theatre with sound you can not hear.

I do not know how this place survives in today’s world.


William on November 15, 2003 at 9:58 am

The Kent Theatre is located at 1170 Coney Island Ave..