Kings Cinema

236 West 50th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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Opened in 1967 as the 50th Street Cinema, screening independent films. By 1976, it had been renamed King’s All Male Theatre. One of several gay male porn cinemas which operated in the mid-1970’s in the central part of Manhattan.

Contributed by KenRoe

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 12, 2006 at 8:37 am

Below are a pair of ads for the Kings Cinema from the NY Post, each seperated by a couple of days:

NY Post 3/8/82

NY Post 3/10/82

Apologies for how blurry that last image is.

RobertR
RobertR on June 12, 2006 at 11:06 am

What was this used for in 1967? Was it X?

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on June 12, 2006 at 1:06 pm

In 1967 as the 50th Street Cinema it showed Avant Garde films starting with the Shirley Clark Documentary PORTRAIT OF JASON.

RobertR
RobertR on June 12, 2006 at 2:55 pm

You can’t say it was never a real cinema because it was created from non-theatrical space, so was the Sutton and many other theatres. And as AlAlvarez above stated it did indeed show regular films.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 14, 2006 at 1:18 pm

The Kings Cinema has been demolished and replaced by a parking garage to serve the adjacent newly built tower block at 250 W.50th Street.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on June 15, 2006 at 4:11 am

I hate to see any theatre or club being held responsible for sexual behaviour, much less accused of leading to the spread of AIDS. People do things, not buildings, and the people having sex in these places had no idea of the risks involved anyway. I would imagine the late hour 42nd street grind houses such as the New Amsterdam would be more honest targets for tolerating this behaviour than later mini-porn houses such as this one. Weren’t Nicklodeons similarly stimatized for all kinds of anti-social behaviour?

Having said that, in my opinion, the role places like the Kings serve on this board is that of a historical link that shows what people were up to at a certain time and place.

When articles written by 20 year old journalists quote that in mid-1982 New Yorkers were watching E.T. they might also honestly mention that several thousand New Yorkers were also engaging in sex with strangers at over two dozen Times Square movie theatres found on this site but otherwise buried by history.

As someone mentioned before, possibly KenRoe, who would bother listing these very special “treasures” if we don’t?

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on September 3, 2011 at 8:30 am

Ad for the 50th Street Cinema during its Avant Garde film stage.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=rQNOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=KYwDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4842%2C4973471

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