Cinema Kings Highway

711 Kings Highway,
Brooklyn, NY 11223

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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.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on July 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm

A longtime Brooklyn resident, I was never inside, so I’ve learned something I didn’t know about the interior space of the Cinema. All I know about the theater is by reputation, through friends. I won’t belabor the point, but the payphone in the theater was heavily used, as were the payphones on Kings Highway near the famous notorious municipal parking lot at East 13th Street, several blocks to the east of this theater. In my day, in the 70s and 80s, this strip of Kings Highway was a famous cruising area, which I can testify to personally.

robboehm on July 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm

It’s bad enough banning books, but banning theatres?

robboehm on July 6, 2011 at 5:37 am

Craigslist is the place for hookups. Let’s keep this site for the original purpose. Some of the old theatres became churches. Others went the other way. But they were part of cinema history so we can’t deny them there space.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on July 6, 2011 at 3:43 am

Tinsel, this “theater” has long been a seedy dump, with no histoirical value whatsoever, so why not delete the listing for always, if people are using this site for hookups

slickwilly on June 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm

can we meet at your place.jeff leave your email.

jilljeff on June 21, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Hey Willy, Was there a few weeks ago. Crowded.

slickwilly on June 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm


jilljeff on June 17, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Yes it is still open,Jeff