Kent Theatre

1170 Coney Island Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11230

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greeneyes on November 21, 2011 at 2:54 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 2:14 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 1:38 pm


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PHILTK on February 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm

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 9:08 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 9:56 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 8:14 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 10:44 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 5:19 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 9:00 pm

Okay, it hasn’t been that long.

screengazer518 on December 23, 2009 at 8:59 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 1:31 pm

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 6:01 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 11:49 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 11, 2008 at 1:02 am

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 2:55 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 2:01 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 10:11 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 10:00 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 5:52 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 5:50 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 7:13 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?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 26, 2006 at 4:56 pm

Here are some photographs I took of the Kent Theatre:
July 2003 showing old marquee:
A couple of photographs from June 2006 showing the new marquee and restored facade:

overcertified on March 6, 2006 at 9:23 am

The theater becomes stronger and stronger as others die out. In the past 2-3 years we have lost the kenmore, fortway, kingsway, marlboro, all near and close to the kent. Meanwhile, the kent is still weak as many of the shows are poorly attended. Typically 10-20 people may be in a show, and I have been to shows with 2-3 people (including myself). But sometimes a big show (popular) comes in, and the reduced rate Wednesdays also bring in some money. During the summer the theater also rents out to peoples day camp and that brings in money too.