Kingsway Theatre

946 Kings Highway,
Brooklyn, NY 11223

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The Kingsway

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Opened on April 27, 1921, the one time RKO Kingsway Theatre last operated as a five screen movie house. Since closing in early-2001, it has been transformed into retail space.

Contributed by Phil Goldberg, William Gabel

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bmovies on August 25, 2010 at 4:54 am

The Kingsway definitely was a twin in 1979. I remember one time when I went to see a movie there in the upstairs theater. After the movie ended, us the audience filed out of the theater and as we went downstairs to the exits, a couple of guys (I think they were teenagers, I’m not sure. They could have been in their early 20s. I was 10 years old in 1979) emerged from our crowd on the stairs and immediately ducked into the theater that was playing Kramer vs. Kramer, a 1979 movie. For the life of me, I do not recall the movie I saw upstairs, but because Kramer vs Kramer was a drama about adults and divorce, I wasnt interested in seeing that movie (my own parents were divorced, but that wasnt the reason why I didnt want to see it). I didnt watch Kramer vs Kramer until many years later on tv.

PHILTK on February 27, 2011 at 11:34 am

I recall that they used to show some of big boxing matches (ali vs frazier)on closed circuit tv. they used to charge $30 a head which was an insane price back then and still sell out the place.

Ianny on June 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Does anybody happen any of the Kingway from the 90’s or right before it closed? The comic shop I frequented for the early part of my childhood was attached to the Kingsway until around 1996 when it moved down the block.

DJM78 on January 8, 2012 at 10:12 pm

I worked for Cineplex Odeon for a few years. Correct me if I’m wrong but I remember the Kingsway had an auditorium that had it’s own separate entrance around the corner from the main lobby. Always thought that was odd. I’m sure the separate entrance was do to an engineering obstacle when the Kingsway was multiplexed.

GoBoy on February 16, 2012 at 8:41 pm

DJM78: You are right.There was a seperate theater in the back,with the entrance on Coney Island Ave.The Kingsway was built with a large back stage area for live shows.After it was divided up into 4 theaters,they came up with the unique idea ,to gut out the stage area,and turn it into a theater.I saw a few movies there. It wasn’t bad.

MikeP429 on March 1, 2012 at 10:53 am

Just stumbled across this site…awesome!! Saw many movies here during the 80s…Ghostbusters, Elm Street, Superman II and III. The best memory I have is standing outside the theater for 3 hours the day Return of the Jedi premiered…thankfully a nice, sunny, warm day in May of 1983. We stood outside debating if Han would be rescued from Jabba the Hutt, who this “other” Jedi was and whether or not Darth Vader really was Luke’s father. Although Jedi is now thought of the weakest of the original trilogy, I remember my friends and I walking out of there feeling great…we got all our questions answered!!

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on March 4, 2012 at 2:49 pm

What a pity that there’s only this photo here of what once was the Kingsway. I have to cruise the net to see if I can find some vintage pics.

robboehm on March 4, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Ed, click on the word photos at the top. There is a picture of the Kingsway as a chopped up function theatre.

Movieplace on March 5, 2012 at 9:04 am

To DJM78: That fifth theater with the separate entrance was the last theater to be carved out of the Kingsway which had been twinned then quaded. That fifth theater had to have been the stage once upon a time, given the way it was situated to the rest of the theater. If my memory serves and it has been over 20 years, the theater ran parallel to Coney Island Avenue but the fifth theater ran perpendicular to Coney Island Avenue. The old Strand on 47th street & Broadway had a similar conversion as the stage was used as a theater with a separate entrance on 47th Street.

DJM78 on June 19, 2012 at 6:28 pm

GoBoy, Movieplace-Thanks for the info on the separate entrance. It’s a shame that almost all of these classic theaters are gone from Bklyn.

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