Cinema Kings Highway

711 Kings Highway,
Brooklyn, NY 11223

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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.

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.

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!

Garth on July 8, 2016 at 4:57 am

The theatre is still open…for now.

paktype on July 1, 2016 at 10:47 am

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

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.

jilljeff on June 15, 2016 at 9:54 am

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

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 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.

theatrelvr on May 29, 2016 at 7:43 pm

I saw the for sale sign tonight.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Willburg145 on March 15, 2013 at 10:12 pm

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

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 14, 2012 at 2:01 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!

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 6, 2012 at 10:27 pm

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.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on February 7, 2012 at 10:58 pm

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 February 4, 2012 at 10:23 pm

I don’t know (or remember) how to hyperlink.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on February 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm

saps, thanks for that link. OMG, what an Art Deco jewel (no pun intended)!

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 1, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Here’s the direct link:

Willburg145 on February 1, 2012 at 6:54 am

I saw some beautiful pictures of the theatre on The place was a beautiful Art Deco jewel. What a shame.

Willburg145 on February 1, 2012 at 6:53 am

I saw some pictures of the interior

monika on December 16, 2011 at 8:58 am

Thanks for the info, saps. I enjoyed in the documentary how they revisited the theatres of Woody’s youth.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 21, 2011 at 12:18 pm

From the website, concerning the new Woody Allen documentary. (I guess they forgot to mention that the Jewel Theater is still in business, too!)

Mia Farrow plays a Depression-era waitress who’s mad about the movies in The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985). While the film takes place in New Jersey, the theater where Cecilia (Farrow) sees the madcap comedy The Purple Rose of Comedy over and over again is named after The Jewel movie house in Brooklyn — one of the first movie houses in Allen’s Brooklyn neighborhood to show foreign films. The theater scenes were actually filmed in the Kent Theatre on Coney Island Avenue in Flatbush, still operating today.