De-Luxe Theatre

2001 Bath Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11214

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De-Luxe Theatre

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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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Bloop
Bloop on May 19, 2007 at 5:41 pm

Flip-Flops, you rule!

silverlover2468
silverlover2468 on April 16, 2011 at 8:49 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 7, 2012 at 1:37 am

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 9:49 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 8:42 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 6, 2013 at 3:29 am

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

robboehm
robboehm on May 18, 2015 at 3:01 pm

For informational purposes, I found mention of a New Montauk elsewhere. However it never showed movies. But the theater it was to replace has a fascinating history since it was actually moved in one piece. See elsewhere on CT

citroenCX
citroenCX on October 3, 2016 at 12:10 am

I used to go her when I was 6 in 1940. Saturday was kids day and I saw a new western once a week. I went there for many years until we moved to California in 1948. My parents went there when second run movies were playing. I’ll never forget the Deluxe, it was only about six blocks from my home.

markp
markp on October 3, 2016 at 12:26 am

I was a projectionist at a porn theatre in NJ thru most of the 1980’s. I use to get film prints from here. I knew the owner . He owned many of the porn theatres in the area. The Deluxe in Brooklyn. The Globe in the Bronx. The Polk in Queens. Cinema 9 in Sayreville NJ. The Sayrewoods in Old Bridge NJ where I worked. The Harem on 42nd St. The Montauk in Passaic NJ. The films would just move around each week from one theatre to the next.

robboehm
robboehm on October 20, 2016 at 1:54 am

Uploaded a tax photo of the De-Luxe in the day.

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