Kent Theatre

1170 Coney Island Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11230

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Kent Theatre

A small neighborhood house that for years showed second run and double features. It’s the theater used in the Woody Allen movie “The Purple Rose of Cairo”. After it reopened as a first run twin, and is now a small triplex. It has survived many of the other closings in the area like the Kingsway Theatre.

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Ed Miller
Ed Miller on May 26, 2010 at 8:44 pm

I lived in the area in the late 70s and early 80s, and saw a couple of movies at the Kent, “The Main Event” on Labor Day weekend in 1979, and “Fame” in 1980. I can’t believe my eyes when I read that it has been “multied,” because it was tiny, even as a single-screen venue. It was also a jewel of Art Moderne, both inside and out, and when I was there the late Deco period decor was very much intact. At least it’s still open!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 13, 2011 at 6:14 pm

I need to get “PURPLE ROSE” out and watch it again.So glad to find the Theatre.What a great film.Love the Theatre manager part in the flim.

PHILTK on February 25, 2011 at 7:56 am

i lived and worked in the area back in the 70s and early 80s. it was a good cheap date to take the girlfriend on a weeknite to see 2 movies. as i recall the snack bar was only open on the weekends so we had to sneak in our snacks and 6 pack in her pocketbook. they had vending machines that always ripped you off. the soda machine had a cup that came down and the syrup and carbination would pour down into it. sometime you would just get the syrup or just the cup with next trip to ny i must visit this place. i cant believe this place survives with all the other brooklyn theatres that have closed over the years. i also cant believe how this could be a triplex now when it was so small in the first place.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on February 26, 2011 at 7:08 pm

If you were drinking beer, it didn’t make any difference if the snack bar was open or not, since they didn’t sell beer at the Kent, or any other theater that I’ve gone to. You sound like a terrific date, LMAO!

PHILTK on February 27, 2011 at 11:20 am

And in those days most theatres had smokeing sections like in the last 5 rows so the aroma of a lit spliff always filled the air at the kent.Nothing like a good spliff and an bud while watching those b films back then.

Oceana on May 13, 2011 at 11:38 am


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Mike (saps) on November 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm

From the website concernig the new Woody Allen documentary:

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.

greeneyes on November 21, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I didn’t know that about “Purple Rose of Cairo”. Thanks for the info. The Kent was one of 2 I went to as a kid growing up in the neighborhood. It’s good to see it’s still open unlike the Midwood Theater. Too bad about that one.

Orlando on February 19, 2015 at 9:42 am

I went here for the first time with a friend. Wednesday’s are Bargain Day (All Seats $5.) all day. School was out and the inner lobby was full of young folks for “SpongeBob”. The theatre lobby retains the poste cases (6) and seats for people awaiting entrance (Nice touch as most don’t). Some details remain intact, but the lobby resembles an arcade with a table to play air hockey which is annoying to people in the small 75 seat theatre (where we sat watching “50 Shades Of Grey”. On the way out I viewed the other two screens which were a bit larger but away from the noise of the lobby. The bathrooms were clean for such a busy matinee. The popcorn was good and I bought a can of soda at the stand. The staff was cordial and polite. This theatre is an excellent bargain as Brooklyn is at a loss for neighborhood theatres. For a 76 year old building it serves its' purpose. Digital projection and seats were fine. I suggest late afternoon shows when schools are out. For $5. there are no complaints as today’s movies are not worth more than $5. The theatre is not to far from my home and I will visit it again. You can keep your modern multiplexes. Remember, It’s a good time for a “Kent” on a Wednesday. (Forgive the cigarette pun!)

robboehm on March 5, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Uploaded a b&w photo from 1967 from the Forgotten New York site as well as an evening photo with the old marquee.

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