De-Luxe Theatre

2001 Bath Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11214

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Opened as the Montauk Theatre in 1914 (it is listed in the 1914-1915 edition of American Motion Picture Directory as being located on Bath Beach, Brooklyn).

In 1928 it was re-named the Bay Theatre and in the mid-1930’s was re-named the De-Luxe Theatre.

It finally closed in the mid-1980’s after screening XXX rated adult porn movies for the last 10 or so years of its life.

Contributed by philipgoldberg

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Theaterat
Theaterat on October 17, 2006 at 2:45 pm

Robert R.. Thank you!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 17, 2006 at 3:46 pm

Flip-flops… when you say “right now they show cable TV projection…” are you referring to this theater? I thought it was closed! I know you also posted on the Fair Theater page, so perhaps you’re referring to that establishment – which is still open.

Mattie
Mattie on October 17, 2006 at 4:38 pm

EdSolero: Youre absolutely right. I was looking at the wrong theater when I posted that. Actually, I was posting for the Kings Highay theater. They used to own the Deluxe also. I dont know how the confusion occured. Sorry about that. As for the Fair, they have a main orchestra section that shows regular flicks, and various smaller theaters that show everything from subtitled kung-fu movies and old TV shows to really hardcore straight, gay and tranny flicks. Not to mention the “personal booths”. As for the Deluxe, I really miss it. That was a great place. Unfortunately, the Kings Highway theater is owned by the same guy, and I`m afraid, even after a so called “renovation” a couple of years ago, the place is getting trashed again, By management AND patrons. What a waste.

Mattie
Mattie on October 17, 2006 at 4:53 pm

EdSolero. From the time I discovered the Deluxe, they always showed str8 porn. At one time, they showed regular flicks on the main screen, and they had a small room with about 12 seats with a monitor showing porn. Then they just switched to str8 porn on the big screen also. No private booths. they closed before these booths were used to circumnavigate the restrictive laws. All the action was behind a 4 or 5 foot wall at the back of the balcony and in the restrooms. They were so liberal at one time, that even in the balcony and orchestra seats there was activity. I know, even the owner at one time, used to mingle with the patrons. I have first hand experience of that. Well, sorry about all the confusion.

Bloop
Bloop on May 19, 2007 at 9:41 am

Flip-Flops, you rule!

silverlover2468
silverlover2468 on April 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Was a good porno theater where lots of older married guys would go to get taken care of when there wifes no longer gave to them. Went there a couple of times and saw my friends father there and was blown away. Its amazing that the same people who went there would be the first to knock this place in order to be polically correct. Now the same married guys have many more discreet options.

DJM78
DJM78 on January 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm

I remember when it was a porn theatre. That was long before internet porn and during what some people call the golden age of porn. Whatever that means. A few blocks down was Toys n Things. Great toy store. I got some great WWF figures there.

tonyguy
tonyguy on April 21, 2013 at 1:49 pm

When I moved to Brooklyn, the only legit film I ever saw there was Cold Turkey. Shortly after that the theatre turned to porn. Being divorced, porn was a good release for me.This was the days way before computers. The theatre rapily became a home for straight, Bi and gay men.Sex acts were openly performed in the seats, back or bathrooms.It got to a point where the candy counter was removed and a mini theater was put up showing only gay porn loops. So you had straight and gay films running all the time. A table was put between where free coffee was served.I surprise the theatre stayed open for as long as it did without the cops closing it down. Somebody was being paid off.

Bway
Bway on September 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Here’s a NYC Tax photo of the old DeLux in the final days of it’s life as an XXX movie…. Click here for photo

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Bway, can you add that pic to the photo section?

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