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

Recent comments (view all 176 comments)

Willburg145
Willburg145 on August 8, 2013 at 1:16 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 9:58 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
Robbrown on March 17, 2016 at 3:41 pm

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

Willburg145
Willburg145 on May 27, 2016 at 4:11 pm

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

theatrelvr
theatrelvr on May 29, 2016 at 7:43 pm

I saw the for sale sign tonight.

jilljeff
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
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
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
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
paktype on July 1, 2016 at 10:47 am

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

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