Kings Plaza 6 Theaters

5201 Kings Plaza,
Brooklyn, NY 11234

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Kings Plaza 6 Theaters

Opened by Century Theatres as a twin on December 18, 1970, inside the Kings Plaza shopping center, next to a Joyce Leslie. The two screens were named Kings Plaza North & Kings Plaza South. In 1983 it was converted into a quad-screen theatre and in 1994 it became a sixplex.

The Kings Plaza 6 Theaters was closed by AMC Theatres in January 2010.

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PercyCleebow CODENAME: STRIKER on September 30, 2011 at 11:52 pm

I lived in Brooklyn all my teenage life, theaters like this one was an escape from the neighbor-hood many theaters were in walking distance, but you wouldn’t take a girl there due to enemies in the area, and her friends might see her and label her a whore. The Kings plaza allowed you to shop and see a movie and have dinner in the area, all in walking distance and catch a cab or bus depending on the maturity of the date. While back in Brooklyn on vacation with my wife, I was giving her the grand tour, she is native Italian, I was brushed buy a female “thug” who wanted to stare me down, while expecting an “excuuussse me”, she wanted to confront me and engage in a starring contest, I chose to let it go but if it wasn’t for my training and military bearing she might have got a good ol brooklyn beat down. The area has changed and but popular culture has changed also these theaters have to find a way to attract movie goers, we can get young amped up teens watching violent movies with the variety of drugs out there, then let them loose on society and expect them to maintain property values and personal behavior.

MikeP429 on March 1, 2012 at 11:08 am

Yes, it is a Best Buy now, but that’s probably for the best. It started out as a twin theater. I remember seeing “Earthquake” in SurroundSound there, and being 6 or 7 and seeing “Midway” there too. (Not sure if that movie’s really appropriate for a 6/7 year old.) I, too, remember lines going down to Macy’s for movies like the Superman and Rocky movies.

I remember going to see “The Right Stuff” there. By that time I think they made it a quad. The only seats left were in the very front. I watched a 3 hour movie with my neck reaching up…my neck hurts just thinking about that! My friends and I used to buy candy and soda in the newsstand that was downstairs and smuggle them in so we wouldn’t have to pay for food there. Saw my first R-rated film there (“Sudden Impact”) Asked some old man to buy tickets for us…score!

Saw many movies there (or at least made the attempt to see them) on dates throughout high school and college. Last movie I saw there was “Gremlins 2” in 1990. By that time, the place was really bad and dirty and Sheepshead Bay was still new and seemed so much nicer. Nuff said.

bradmarcus on August 23, 2013 at 8:32 pm

The most insane thing I ever witnessed was opening weekend for “Jaws”. The lines snaked through Kings Plaza’s 2nd floor. Shows were sold out for hours.

JackCoursey on January 8, 2015 at 11:02 am

Does anybody have any recall as to when and how the addition four screens came to be? Were they built from the ground up or were the existing auditoriums partitioned off to make six venues?

robboehm on January 8, 2015 at 2:01 pm

I believe it would have been a combination of redistributing the space and expanding into adjacent retail space. The theater was located in the shopping center not, as an adjacent building. Hence not building from the ground up. Also, I believe it was on the second level of the shopping center, not the ground floor.

ridethectrain on May 26, 2017 at 3:06 pm

In 1984, they split 3 screens and about 10 years later, they split the other big hour into 3 screens.

Each of the 2 big screens were chopped, 2 in the back and 1 in the front.

rivest266 on March 28, 2018 at 11:40 pm

Opened December 18, 1970

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moviebuff82 on September 17, 2018 at 12:41 pm

There was a fire at the shopping center where this theater used to be this morning…

ridethectrain on August 31, 2019 at 6:34 pm

Unfortunately, AMC would not of renovated the theatre instead of closing it. Southern Brooklyn does not have enough move theatres.

ridethectrain on August 31, 2019 at 6:43 pm

The desciption should be updated, went to a Quad in 1983 (grand opening ad in photos), the old North was split, two small and one large (which you went down a ramp) and in 1994 went to a sixplex which the South Theatre got split just like the North. Seating capacity of theatre 1 (125), theatre 2 (280), theatre 3 (125) which was the old South Theatre and Theatre 4 (208), theatre 5 (523) and theatre 6 (208) which was the old North Theatre.

In the early 1990’s they only use one entrance and broke the wall down. When the theatre open in 1970, their were dedicated entrances to the North and the South, own refreshment stand and restrooms.

When it open as a quad in 1983, 2 big houses had Dolby Stereo. In 1994, Dolby was added to the new small screens and the other 2 got it soon after and in 1995 or 1996, the two big houses got DTS Digital Sound.

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