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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Recent comments (view all 180 comments)

theatrelvr on May 29, 2016 at 7:43 pm

I saw the for sale sign tonight.

jilljeff on May 30, 2016 at 3:17 am

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

jmaz98 on June 15, 2016 at 8:35 am

I passed by yesterday (see photo). It looks like it’s still open, but it’s definitely for sale.

jilljeff on June 15, 2016 at 9:54 am

Thanks for responding. I think I will check it out again before it is gone.

theatrefan on June 16, 2016 at 4:06 pm

According to a Real Estate listing website, it is listed for sale for $4,499,000 and will be delivered to the buyer vacant.

paktype on July 1, 2016 at 10:47 am

Whoever buys it had better have the floors scrubbed REALLY well.

Garth on July 8, 2016 at 4:57 am

The theatre is still open…for now.

dallasmovietheaters on August 20, 2016 at 5:46 am

The Jewel Theatre was in business for less than a half year before the mayor came after its operators as a numbers front and charged with other illegal gaming activities. That’s old school Brooklyn!

hdtv267 on August 20, 2016 at 1:41 pm

where is your proof of that?

links to such allegations.. Cmon now, it’s only fair to the venue.

SirRay on February 22, 2017 at 8:05 pm

Wow – new to site. I used to work at this theatre back in the day. There were times that I would sell the ticket; get the refreshments and run the films! 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. Good memories.

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