Cinema Kings Highway

711 Kings Highway,
Brooklyn, NY 11223

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Previously operated by: Brandt Theaters

Architects: Benjamin Schlanger

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Jewel Theatre

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Cinema Kings Highway - For Sale.

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 was basically the programming policy. By 2017 it was operating with 4 screens. It was closed on March 16, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The owner sold the building in the summer of 2021 and the closure became permanent.

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Recent comments (view all 239 comments)

robboehm on July 29, 2020 at 3:25 am

It’s going to be interesting to see which theaters actually survive the pandemic. I’ve seen reports of AMC ones with expired or expiring leases will not. The possibility that AMC as a totality would go out of business was also mentioned.

over9 on September 9, 2020 at 8:28 pm

It’s Labor Day week and I am on vacation from work and thinking of visiting after almost a year. I’ve read conflicting reports… Is it open or is it not open ??? Before I make my trip can someone let me know. I remember this one hot Italian guy there who use to get up and show off in his briefs. Hope he’s there if it’s open. Please let me know

Bkite on September 13, 2020 at 4:41 pm

It’s shuttered and locked. Whoever used to, or still does, own or manage this place, I hope you resurrect Cinema King’s Highway.

over9 on September 14, 2020 at 9:53 pm

Too bad it’s currently closed. I had some great meetings there(and some not so great).My favorite part of the theatre was the top floor (what use to be the balcony in the old days). I use to go up there to relax and no one seemed to bother you up there. There is a platform under neath the screen where a very hot Italian boy use to go up there and perform for the audience. He was just a customer and alot of guys would follow him up there just to watch him. A great exhibitionist. Does anyone remember seeing him there?

over9 on October 11, 2020 at 11:42 pm

Open or still closed? Anyone pass by the theatre lately? If it’s still closed does anyone know if it will ever reopen?

digital3d on April 9, 2021 at 8:03 pm

This should be changed to “closed”.

The owner recently talked about having sold it:

Garth on April 18, 2021 at 1:08 pm

A friend told me the theatre is being cleaned out. The end of an era.

aberaid22 on June 19, 2021 at 9:18 pm

is it still closed? google says its open….

jmaz98 on September 7, 2021 at 6:12 am

Was recently sold for $3.1 million.

nycman on December 1, 2021 at 8:15 am

Sold? No more Brooklyn Cinema, huh? The end of a great run. I had lots of fun there through the years. I miss those days big time.

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