Kings Plaza 6 Theaters

5201 Kings Plaza,
Brooklyn, NY 11234

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Kings Plaza 6 Theaters

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Opened by Century Theaters as a twin in 1970, inside the Kings Plaza shopping center. Next to a Joyce Leslie.

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

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GaryCohen
GaryCohen on December 20, 2009 at 12:20 am

This theater opened when the Kings Plaza mall opened in 1970 and, at the beginning, was quite popular. In 1971, I stood for 2 hours on a very long line waiting for the next showing of Sean Connery in “Diamonds are Forever.” (I saw many Bond films there.) One of my favorite memories was a rainy Christmas eve. 1978, sitting on the floor next to the Alexanders dept. store for several hours waiting, with my wife, for the next showing of “Superman.” I saw many films there and then 2 things happened: they turned 2 nice large theaters into four (six now.) But more importantly, individuals from outside the area discovered the plaza and this theater. As a result predictibly the crime rate went up and this was no longer a very enjoyable place to see a film. (I can clearly remember an incident of windows being smashed after a group of rowdy “youngsters” came out of a showing of Bad Boys.“) The last time I was there was in the late ‘80s or early '90s to take my son to see a Tom Selleck film "Mr. Baseball.” I have not been back since.

theatrelvr
theatrelvr on January 9, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Since I was the one who posted this theater originally to Cinema Treasures (I’m also gena2), it only seems appropriate that I be the one to post of its demise. I heard a very strong rumor that this theater will be gone soon, and in its place there will be a Best Buy (like we really need that). It saddens me greatly, as this theater (like the Kingsway, the Marboro, and the Georgetown Twin) was one of my childhood theaters. My late grandmother took me here to see Rocky 3, though I’m sure she was slighly disturbed that her six year old granddaughter wanted to see it. (I liked the theme song.) My last memory of going here, is seeing “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” about the life of Tina Turner. During all the scenes in which Tina was getting beat up by Ike, a man near me was yelling “Go get her Ike! Beat her up BUT GOOD!‘ It was at this point that I realized I could no longer patronize this theater. The moviegoers were just too insane. But I’ll miss it. Thinking of going one more time for old time’s sake.

GaryCohen
GaryCohen on January 16, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Passed by Kings Plaza this afternoon and, lo and behold, this theater is indeed closed. Saw many wonderful films here: “Superman,” “Diamonds are Forever,” “Live and Let Die,” “Moonraker,” “For Your Eyes Only,” “Octopussy,” “2010,” etc., etc. However when the clientele of this theater started to change, it was the kiss of death. And this theater is now deceased.

fred1
fred1 on January 20, 2010 at 4:37 pm

On a sunday I went to an 10:00AM morning discount showing to a movie the mall did open till 10AM from the parking area . At least I miss those dumb commercials when I finally enter the theater.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on January 23, 2010 at 3:52 am

This in its day one of brooklyns highest grossing movie theaters.

Kris
Kris on June 8, 2011 at 6:55 am

This is a Best Buy now.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on June 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm

While it is appropriate – at least for those who enjoyed viewing movies here – to mourn the passing of this theater, it is worth pointing out that the opening of Kings Plaza in 1970 had the unforseen consequence of really gutting the once vibrant Flatbush/Church Avenues shopping district. The greatest cinematic victim of this development was, of course, the Loews King.

So the random fates of life go forward: The Kings Plaza Theaters are now history while the Loews King is undergoing a well deserved restoration.

PercyCleebow CODENAME: STRIKER
PercyCleebow CODENAME: STRIKER on October 1, 2011 at 7:52 am

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
MikeP429 on March 1, 2012 at 7:08 pm

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
bradmarcus on August 24, 2013 at 4:32 am

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.

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