Cinema Kings Highway

711 Kings Highway,
Brooklyn, NY 11223

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Cinema Kings Highway

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The 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.

Contributed by philipgoldberg

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Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on February 3, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Here’s an activated link. I don’t know why this still doesn’t happen automatically like it used to in the original version of Cinema Treasures, but it doesn’t: cinematour

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 5, 2012 at 6:23 am

I don’t know (or remember) how to hyperlink.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on February 8, 2012 at 6:58 am

Providing a hyperlink is not important. All one has to do is copy the link and then paste it; it’s no big deal. It doesn’t involve any strenuous exertion or sweat, lol.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on May 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Here’s a 1980s tax photo of the exterior: lunaimaging

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on September 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm

A negative report in this current article: villagevoice

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 7, 2012 at 6:27 am

Excerpt from Village Voice article:

Speaking of “social” moviegoing—in an abandoned-looking building next to the Kosher Hut in Gravesend lurks Brooklyn’s last living porno theater, the Kings Highway Cinema (711 Kings Highway, Brooklyn). Marquees and poster displays blacked out, the only clue to the theater’s ongoing operation is a computer printout in the window that reads “Box Office Inside.”

Paying $12 in a small lobby decorated with decoy posters of art house titles, the curious pass through an ominous turnstile and into history. Thanks to the 1995 zoning law that requires purveyors of XXX to devote 60 percent of their floor space to nonpornographic material, the two larger theaters, both empty and reeking like humidors, were playing a biopic of French gangster Jacques Mesrine and a Two and a Half Men.

The big houses are flanked by two theaters of some 15 seats each, screening, respectively, gay and straight hardcore. These are linked by a back passageway that’s a hive of private booths, an intermediary zone suggesting a fluid sexuality—though given the age of most of the patronage, sex might be purely theoretical.

The most off-putting element here: the concession area, which consists of hot-water carafes, Styrofoam cups, and a sign reading “Ask Cashier for Hot Chocolate Package.” Before its Deco interior was gutted by a fire in the 1960s, the Kings Highway was—as the Jewel Theatre—one of Brooklyn’s first art houses, frequented by a young Woody Allen.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on October 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I’ve just added two B&W images of the original Jewel auditorium to the Photos Section.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

Willburg145
Willburg145 on March 16, 2013 at 5:12 am

I added some new photos I took this evening. I want to go back with my camera and take better pics.

Willburg145
Willburg145 on August 8, 2013 at 9:16 am

The only original area of the theatre still remaining is the balcony but that was used as a separate theatre years ago. However it still retains the original chairs.

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