Cinema Kings Highway

711 Kings Highway,
Brooklyn, NY 11223

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Previously operated by: Brandt Theaters

Architects: Benjamin Schlanger

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Jewel Theatre

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The 650-seat Jewel Theatre, which stands a few blocks west of the Kingway Theatre, was opened in 1936. It later became a foreign film house until it was damaged by fire in the 1960’s.

It was completed renovated and reopened as the Cinema Kings Highway with an exclusive Brooklyn showing of "Thoroughly Modern Millie." But in the late-1960’s, the owner found he could make a lot more money running XXX and played "He and She" there for over a year.

The story goes that he ran off with all of the profits and the theatre fell into a dispute over the ownership. Before video shut it down, it was split into two theatres, with regular porn running downstairs and gay porn running in the small balcony. It reopened as a triplex, featuring XXX straight porn in one theatre, gay porn in the second, and obscure foreign classics in the third. This was basically the programming policy. By 2017 it was operating with 4 screens. It was closed on March 16, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The owner sold the building in the summer of 2021 and the closure became permanent.

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Recent comments (view all 243 comments)

over9 on October 11, 2020 at 3:42 pm

Open or still closed? Anyone pass by the theatre lately? If it’s still closed does anyone know if it will ever reopen?

digital3d on April 9, 2021 at 12:03 pm

This should be changed to “closed”.

The owner recently talked about having sold it:

Garth on April 18, 2021 at 5:08 am

A friend told me the theatre is being cleaned out. The end of an era.

aberaid22 on June 19, 2021 at 1:18 pm

is it still closed? google says its open….

jmaz98 on September 6, 2021 at 10:12 pm

Was recently sold for $3.1 million.

nycman on January 14, 2022 at 12:18 am

No more Brooklyn Cinema. Any other place like that in NYC? I know about the Fair in Queens but I greatly dislike what it has become. I had so much fun at the Brooklyn Cinema. In fact, and not to boast, I became very popular there. I was known as the male version of Vanessa Del Rio, if you know what I mean. We are in the 21st century but I refuse to believe that adult theatres are a thing of the past. You say?

jilljeff on January 14, 2022 at 2:00 am

Thanks nycman. I feel the same way. Email me if you would like to chat. BTW I feel the same way about The Fair…gross! Robbrown

jilljeff on January 14, 2022 at 2:04 am

jilljeff on March 10, 2022 at 4:06 am

Haas the building been torn down?

Garth on March 10, 2022 at 8:24 am

I believe part of the building is landmarked and cannot be demolished. It can be remodeled as far as I know.

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