Kings Plaza 6 Theaters

5201 Kings Plaza,
Brooklyn, NY 11234

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

This is a Best Buy now.

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

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

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.

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.

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 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.

markp
markp on March 5, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Yes I do remember (and miss) those double features. And the one you saw in 1974 was typical of that era, where a new movie would be doubled with one from 6 months to a year earlier. (sometimes even 2 or 3 years earlier) Some other classic ‘double features’ from that time include, “The Graduate” & “Carnal Knowledge”, “The French Connection” & “MAS*H”, and “Bullitt” & “Bonnie and Clyde”. When the theatres were short on films to run, they could always count on these, and others to get them thru.

frankie
frankie on March 4, 2009 at 8:56 pm

In 1974 or so, a friend & I saw a double bill (remember them ?) of “Claudine” and “Harry & Tonto” here.

RobertR
RobertR on September 9, 2008 at 10:20 pm

Another re-issue for Christmas 1971
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Piert1025
Piert1025 on February 12, 2008 at 2:45 pm

This theater, like many Brooklyn theaters, is aweful now. The theater, its employees, the mall and the people that still go there directly reflect the neighborhood which is becoming increasingly ghetto. I also saw Batman back in the day at Kings Plaza. The lines were long and the theater was packed but it was fun. I can honestly say that I would rather go to the UA Sheepshead- a theater in which I dread going to!

gcdrummer
gcdrummer on July 13, 2007 at 2:18 am

i worked there in the 8os best job as a kid!

Bloop
Bloop on June 18, 2007 at 1:46 am

I remember the Kings Plaza movies / mall back in 1970’s when it was a lot better. I though it opened in 1972/73? It was quite the big deal at the time. Mike81869: don’t be surprised if NOBODY has any vintage pictures. Frustrating; I know. There would be no reason to take a picture of a mall movie theater I suppose…

vedder611
vedder611 on October 11, 2006 at 3:37 pm

yea this was a great theatre especially when it had the gigantic theatre on the left side – and the lines were crazy for the blockbusters back in the day – Batman, Rocky 3 and 4, etc. – i remember sitting with my brother against the joyce leslie store waiting for them to let us in for Rocky 3 – always took the b-41 up flatbush to go here for the big movies til sheepshead bay opened and stole their thunder

mike81869
mike81869 on October 11, 2006 at 4:38 am

Does anyone have any pictures of the Kings Plaza Theatre from the 70’s and/or 80’s??? Please email them to me:

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on August 28, 2006 at 10:40 am

THE pylon is very usefull to a theater thats why they still use them………

MikeRadio
MikeRadio on August 28, 2006 at 2:14 am

For big movies like Rocky sequels, the line would go straight down to the other side of the mall (near Macys)…

There is a marquee board on Flatbush Avenue outside the mall which is updated with the theatres features. Like people REALLY look at those things any more and say OH YES I WANT TO SEE THAT! I suppose the theatre doesn’t know what a fandango is yet.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on June 8, 2006 at 11:31 pm

so little post for a theater that has and is doing such bsns for so long…….

weipa
weipa on June 2, 2006 at 12:08 am

In 1976 and 1977 I worked as an usher (and sometimes doorman, candy stand counterperson)at the Century Kings Plaza Twin theatre. As an usher in those days, I carried a flashlight to help people get to their seats in the dark and asked people not to smoke in the front of the theatre. I saw The Omen around 60 tiimes and remember we showed two terrible sensoraround movies – Midway and Rollercoaster. They played the original Freaky Friday with Jodie Foster. I worked the non-movie events including various wrestling and boxing shows and an extravaganza that featured Andre the Giant vs. Mohammed Ali!
I recall one of the ushers “steaking” (running naked) down the aisle of theatre number 2 in the days when “streaking” was a fad. I found condoms and other things behind the huge mesh screen.
Most of the staff and managers were very close with one another. Great times. Paul W

ectojedi1
ectojedi1 on January 10, 2006 at 1:35 am

I remember when RKO owned and operated this theatre. The indoor marquee had an odd brown and bright yellow display. I saw a lot of movies here as a kid. The two I remember specifically were “Batman” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” I remember the line for Batman was a mile long. I, like every other kid in the world, was totally pumped to see this flick. I remember looking down at my black Batman converse sneakers covered in the Batman logo on that tan colored hard floor thinking about how great it was going to be. It was probably one of the longest lines I ever waited in for a movie. I’m still trying to figure out if I saw “Goonies” here or at the Kingsway Theatre. Great memories!

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on April 25, 2005 at 9:19 pm

this theater has always had big box office #s