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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patron247365 on August 10, 2017 at 6:58 pm

Mike, Understood and Noted I will remove my post but to be honest it really is a joke if you think about it. All I did was show interest in the theatres future and did not go into specific detail as some of the other posts. The most ironic thing is we are talking about a porno theatre for gay and bisexual old men and my posting is out of line? as I said understood and it will be removed.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 10, 2017 at 11:31 pm

Many here view this place as an aging cinema treasure, one that is about to be lost. It has a long, distinguished history before its current incarnation, so except for a couple of random newcomers (no pun intended) we don’t usually discuss the exact nature and activities of its present clientele.

So take a look at some of the older posts on this thread, and then add your impressions of its past, present or future, for the enjoyment of the many people interested in this endangered house.

patron247365 on August 11, 2017 at 3:02 pm

Duly Noted and with regards to it’s past, present and future. I have always loved old theatres and there classic design, it really is a shame if this one is lost even given it’s present condition and function although I do not disagree with the function which is being serviced in a different manner these days. History does seem to repeat itself in a circular manner. I have seen the old become new and old again.

dbronx on December 1, 2017 at 11:02 am

The description for this theater needs to be updated. There are four screens. Three are on the first floor. The auditorium in the middle seats approximately 24 and runs cable T.V. networks such as USA or AMC. The auditorium to the right and left run adult films. these seat 15 and 12. Behind these auditoriums there are rows of private video booths.The former balcony is the fourth auditorium and runs adult films and has around 124 seats. That makes the current capacity of this theater approximately 151. The seating on the first floor is newer but in very poor condition. The balcony has original seating that is in surprisingly good shape. The lobby has almost no furnishings except for a few stools and vending machines. The bathrooms are in the basement where there is a lounge area consisting of some old auditorium seats and an old T.V. set. Considering what type of theater this is the facility is in pretty good condition and clean.

leledoll on March 12, 2018 at 2:11 pm

NEW HOURS 11am-10pm every day. Visited yesterday, it’s $12 a person to enter and you can go from theater to theater/booths. It’s been advertised before that normal movies play here, but it was all porn for the time I was there. 2 small theaters on the main floor, one with straight one with gay porn. Behind the theaters are viewing booths, with old glitchy tiny TV’s playing 90’s porn. Half on them are gay half are straight. People will lurk on you in and out of the rooms. Upstairs is one large theater that was only playing gay cowboy porn. Downstairs are more bathrooms, a old TV set playing cable news, and some broken theater seats. The lobby has some arcade games, vending machines, free coffee, and an occasional prositute.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 13, 2018 at 6:14 am

If I recall correctly, there are three theaters on the ground floor: two small porn rooms and a larger one that plays cable tv.

over9 on April 2, 2018 at 5:44 pm

Just went this past Friday after I stayed away for quite a while and it was better than I expected. In fact I met quite a few guys and had a good time. I hate the new hrs tho…atleast on weekends (FRI/SAT) they should stay open a bit longer than 10PM. Maybe that will change. I hope so.

bucaro on May 23, 2018 at 4:39 pm

Do they have smoke area?

Garth on June 30, 2018 at 3:12 pm

There is no designated smoking area, you must go outside. They have renovated (if you can call it that) the basement lounge, getting rid of the old broken theater seats and replacing them with some cheap tables and chairs. They also fixed/ replaced some broken seats in the 2 small theaters.Let’s be thankful for small mercies.

dbronx on July 25, 2018 at 2:21 am

Garth, glad to hear that they are still maintaining the facility. It was only a year ago that it was up for sale and in danger of being gone forever.

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