Brooklyn Heights Cinema I & II

70 Henry Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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cmbussmann on May 10, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Apparently, Brooklyn Heights Cinema will be saved. The landlord will be giving them a basement space in the new building. While I will miss the old space, which is charmingly small and quaint, I am glad the Cinema will be able to remain in business and hope the new space will work out for them.

CSWalczak on January 17, 2012 at 3:22 pm

There is a proposal being floated to demolish the building that houses this theater; the theater owner says he will keep the cinema going even if he has to relocate:

CSWalczak on November 24, 2010 at 8:22 pm

This theater has been in the news because of the legal troubles of its owner: View link

kencmcintyre on May 25, 2008 at 4:27 pm

That’s it. Thanks.

kencmcintyre on May 24, 2008 at 11:28 pm

We are in Borough Hall. We saw a United Artists theater, a multiplex. Nice marquee. I didn’t see it listed, though. Perhaps under another name?

micohen on June 6, 2007 at 11:01 pm

My wife and I moved to Brooklyn Heights in 2003 and go to this theater all the time. It’s a real treasure – one of the last true “neighborhood” theaters left in NYC. The management makes a real effort to program some unusual fare, and there’s almost never a crowd, so it’s easy to buy tickets at the last minute.

Alas, I’m almost nostalgic for it already. With real estate values in the Heights booming, there’s no way this place can last more than a few more years. Let’s enjoy it while it’s here.

JKane on January 6, 2007 at 8:31 pm

Saw scores of movies at this relaxed, intimate theater when I lived in BH in the ‘70s. Even when it wasn’t officially an arthouse, it usually seemed to have at least one indie, foreign or offbeat film playing. From the photos, it looks like it’s upheld that tradition, with the Indian import 'Water’ and the excellent indie film ‘The King.’ Nothing special architecturally, as I recall, but an inviting venue nonetheless.

BrooklynJim on August 16, 2006 at 9:49 am

“Mangia la galinga morte.” – Old Italian expression (“Eat the dead chicken.”)

Your live chickens vs. KFC comment, mikemovies, is referring to KenRoe’s cutline beneath his 8-13 photo directly above. During the last century, several of the boroughs raised chickens (and ducks, for fat rendering) for poultry stores. If you have a local library or bookstore (Barnes & Noble) that stocks a softbound copy of “New York in the Thirties” by Berenice Abbott (Dover Press), flip through it to see a few detailed pictures of some of the front windows of these poultry stores down on Manhattan’s lower east side.

I’m amazed that Brooklyn Heights eventually produced a small, intimate movie theater from a building that had quite a different history years ago.

mikemorano on August 13, 2006 at 4:23 pm

Were there live chickens in this building? Perhaps you meant a restaurant like Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 13, 2006 at 2:03 pm

Two photographs I took of the Brooklyn Heights Cinemas I & II in June 2006:

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 2, 2005 at 3:47 pm

I was outside this theatre a few weeks ago and the name on the building is; Brooklyn Heights Cinemas I & II

RobertR on June 28, 2005 at 6:55 am

I think this is on here already?