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.

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Ed Miller
Ed Miller on February 8, 2012 at 12:58 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.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 7, 2012 at 12:27 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.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 14, 2012 at 4:01 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 on March 16, 2013 at 12:12 am

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

Willburg145 on August 8, 2013 at 3:16 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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 29, 2014 at 11:58 pm

I don’t believe this link has been published in any earlier comment. Boxoffice of January 7, 1939, had an article about architect Benjamin Schlanger’s innovative design for reverse-slope auditoriums. The second page of the article has a photo of the Jewell Theatre.

This is the first page of the article.

This is the secondpage of the article with the photo of the Jewell at bottom right.

Robbrown on March 17, 2016 at 5:41 pm

Any other porn theaters left in the city? I went there many times. Loved to cruise and be cruised.

Willburg145 on May 27, 2016 at 6:11 pm

I haven’t seen it but I hear there is a FOR SALE sign up on the building.

theatrelvr on May 29, 2016 at 9:43 pm

I saw the for sale sign tonight.

jilljeff on May 30, 2016 at 5:17 am

Thank-you for the update. Is the theater still open? I would like to visit a few more times.

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