Kings Cinema

236 W. 50th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 28, 2021 at 10:04 am

There was a King at 356 West 44th street around 1993-95 and the Gaiety was also the Kings for a while.

m00se1111 on October 28, 2021 at 9:59 am

nope, that was the Adonis.

sk909 on October 28, 2021 at 8:58 am

If I recall correctly The King had moved to West 43rd street and was rather small. Or was that another theater?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 20, 2020 at 9:47 pm

Newspaper ads added to photos

SingleScreen on November 11, 2019 at 7:54 pm

I want there one time. I remember as being a rather small theater.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 20, 2015 at 9:29 pm

Most Americans had never heard of AIDS until Rock Hudson died in 1985. It was the first time Ronald Reagan even said the word in public. The King closed in 1986. Straight sex clubs were still in full operation years later since it was still considered the “gay disease”.

TheALAN on December 20, 2015 at 6:15 pm

Come on Al, you really beleive these people had no idea of the risks involved in having that kind of sex in these kind of places? This is the 21st-century! And let’s not excuse the theatre or club for this behavior. They know exactly what kind of joints they’re opetating! It’s time get out and look around.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 3, 2011 at 10:30 am

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 15, 2006 at 6:11 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?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 14, 2006 at 3:18 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.

RobertR on June 12, 2006 at 4:55 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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 12, 2006 at 3:06 pm

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

RobertR on June 12, 2006 at 1:06 pm

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

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 12, 2006 at 10:37 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.