Cinema Kings Highway

711 Kings Highway,
Brooklyn, NY 11223

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Cinema Kings Highway

The 650-seat Jewel Theatre, which stands a few blocks west of the Kingway Theatre, was opened in 1936. It later became a foreign film house until it was damaged by fire in the 1960’s.

It was completed renovated and reopened as the Cinema Kings Highway with an exclusive Brooklyn showing of "Thoroughly Modern Millie." But in the late-1960’s, the owner found he could make a lot more money running XXX and played "He and She" there for over a year.

The story goes that he ran off with all of the profits and the theatre fell into a dispute over the ownership. Before video shut it down, it was split into two theatres, with regular porn running downstairs and gay porn running in the small balcony. It reopened as a triplex, featuring XXX straight porn in one theatre, gay porn in the second, and obscure foreign classics in the third. This is basically the programming policy today. By 2017 it was operating with 4 screens.

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navinst
navinst on November 7, 2018 at 10:29 am

So has anyone been to the theater recently? I was going to go and check it out

navinst
navinst on November 8, 2018 at 12:23 am

I was thinking of going there with my girl. Any thoughts

Garth
Garth on November 8, 2018 at 3:53 am

navinst I visit once a week and usually have a good time, I suggest you stop in.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 8, 2018 at 1:50 pm

Navinst, grow a pair and go. But please don’t report back here…

SirRay
SirRay on November 26, 2018 at 8:38 pm

I used to work at this theatre back in the ‘70s. There were times that I would sell the ticket; sell refreshments (candy/soda) and run the films! When I was alone, I used to let my good friends in – lasted for a while until my parents found out it was a porn theater and wouldn’t let me work there anymore – lol. Fun times and great memories.

HomecrestGuy
HomecrestGuy on December 8, 2018 at 9:03 pm

I just uploaded the old/new NYC Tax Photo of the Jewel, circa 1940, to the photo section. This is probably the oldest pic of the theater available.

navinst
navinst on December 10, 2018 at 6:46 am

Garth i want to thank you. Mike (saps) you are very rude. i will be there and hope it is a good show

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 10, 2018 at 9:12 am

Thanks for those excellent photos, HomecrestGuy. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a semi-wraparound marquee before — it’s beautiful.

Willburg145
Willburg145 on December 10, 2018 at 9:58 am

Here is another shot of the Jewel theatre from the NYC tax photo collection. http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/detail/NYCMA~7~7~840785~652976?sort=borough%2Cblock%2Clot%2Czip_code&qvq=q:6664;sort:borough%2Cblock%2Clot%2Czip_code;lc:NYCMA~7~7&mi=13&trs=66

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 10, 2018 at 10:51 am

I can’t get the link to open; can you add the photo to this page, please.

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