Kent Theatre

1170 Coney Island Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11230

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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.

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!)

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.

Mike (saps)
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.

Oceana on May 13, 2011 at 11:38 am


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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.

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 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.

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.

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!

rlandrum on April 7, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I think the name of the bar was the KNIGHT CAP, at least that’s what my husband said.

screengazer518 on December 23, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Okay, it hasn’t been that long.

screengazer518 on December 23, 2009 at 6:59 pm

I cannot believe how long it’s been since anyone has commented on this theater. Is it that bad?

johndereszewski on August 31, 2009 at 11:31 am

LM, thanks as always for your vintage views of this theater. It might have been during the 1973 run of “Play It Again Sam” that I viewed this film that I noted in my May 3, 2008 comment. Thanks for the not so lost memories!

jflundy on July 24, 2009 at 4:01 pm

Warren provides this link to the Forgotten NY website page featuring a photo of the Kent near the bottom right hand column:

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frankie on October 22, 2008 at 9:49 am

Don’t wait too long ! I don’t know how the Kent survives. You may be pleasantly surprised like I was. But hurry up & get there before it goes the way of the Midwood.

zivotuno on September 10, 2008 at 11:02 pm

i may go to the kent soon
i went to the pavillion to see the new woody allen movie the other night. Vicky, christina, barcelona
it was actually quite good
i enjoyed it

Elena1 on August 19, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Love the pix of the kent. There use to be a bar next to it and we’d go see a movie at the Kent then go have a drink. You couldnt beat it 25 years ago. Closeby and you only had to park say 2-3 blocks away-good for brooklyn. I mean for a last minute nite out that was fine. forgot the name of the bar night something i think. sometimes you just od on hbo you need to go see a movie. but with todays prices forget it. pay per view here i come.

frankie on May 27, 2008 at 12:01 pm

My most memorable moment here was seeing “The Chosen”. It was probably still a single then. What a beautiful movie !

johndereszewski on May 3, 2008 at 8:11 pm

When The Kent became one of the first $1 movie theaters in the 1970’s, I frequently went there, even though I had to travel all the way from Greenpoint. When my friends told me that I was crazy to waste all that time only to see a movie, I politely replied that I spent the travel time well reading by book or doing the crossword puzzle and that the cheap movie price was just an added plus.

Perhaps my most memorable moment at the Kent was viewing one of the early Woody Allen films – I forget which, though it could have been “Play It Again Sam”. In one one scene, the Woody character talked about some embarrassing situation that had been inflicted upon himself when he was a student at Midwood HS. The reaction of the attendees at this Midwood theater was, as the credit commercial says, “priceless”.

Long live the Kent!

frankie on March 17, 2008 at 8:00 am

I finally went back here Saturday after 20 years. Not bad ! 3 theaters, 2 of them are piggy-back. Nice little front & back lobbies. Screen & sound OK, seats so-so, price cheap, big concession counter. There were 5 of us there to see “10,000 B.C.”, and a few people waiting for the early evening show; probably “Horton.” I would go again. Lots of stores forced to close on Avenue J, including a bookstore open since 1947, “Harnick’s Happy House.” If anybody lives not too far away, please get here before we got another Ridgewood tragedy on our hands.

zivotuno on December 20, 2007 at 3:52 pm

the area isnt the worst but it certainly can get somewhat desolate at night and kinda sketchy….
i wish cinema on kingshighway woud start playing foriegn film like i heard they did in the past.

zivotuno on December 20, 2007 at 3:50 pm

i used to go here in highschool on weds when the tix were very cheap ( i think still the case). the theatre is small and actually had freinds smoke pot there on several occasion. im a born a bred brooklynite that grew up in about a mile away, near mcdonald ave…. this place is still open… i might go check it out for old times sake.. i dont ever remember it being a adult spot… but im only 25 and it could have been before my time…
i popped into cinema kingshighway to check out this old theatre and it is certainly a pornopalace… be wary of the old men crusing for somethin( unless thats your style)… i checked out a bad japanese film upstairs (they play regualr film becasue of the 60/40 law) and left after 25 minutes.
curiousity cost me $12

Garth on October 20, 2007 at 5:13 pm

a buddy who resides in Brooklyn recently went here and said its an OK theatre. He also states he recalls it once being a porno theatre , can anyone confirm this?