Cinema Kings Highway

711 Kings Highway,
Brooklyn, NY 11223

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Willburg145 on August 8, 2013 at 9:16 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 16, 2013 at 5:12 am

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 10:01 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!

Tinseltoes on October 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I’ve just added two B&W images of the original Jewel auditorium to the Photos Section.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 7, 2012 at 6:27 am

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.

Tinseltoes on September 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm

A negative report in this current article: villagevoice

Tinseltoes on May 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Here’s a 1980s tax photo of the exterior: lunaimaging

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on February 8, 2012 at 6:58 am

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 5, 2012 at 6:23 am

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

Tinseltoes on February 3, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Here’s an activated link. I don’t know why this still doesn’t happen automatically like it used to in the original version of Cinema Treasures, but it doesn’t: cinematour

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on February 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm

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

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 2, 2012 at 4:18 am

Here’s the direct link:

Willburg145 on February 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm

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 2:53 pm

I saw some pictures of the interior

monika on December 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm

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 8:18 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 10:36 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 7, 2011 at 2:52 am

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

Tinseltoes on July 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Originally known as the Jewel, this cinema has always been considered one of the masterworks of architect Ben Schlanger. I don’t think the listing should be removed, though comments relating to intimate sexual matters should be discouraged.

robboehm on July 6, 2011 at 1:37 pm

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 11:43 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

Tinseltoes on June 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I thought that discussions of a sexual nature were banned. This listing was long shut down because of that. Do we want it to happen again?

slickwilly on June 22, 2011 at 2:39 am

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

jilljeff on June 21, 2011 at 11:32 pm

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

slickwilly on June 21, 2011 at 11:18 pm