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 254 comments)

nycman on August 23, 2023 at 7:56 am

I must be honest here. I truly miss the Brooklyn Cinema and my trips to Kings Highway. I had so much fun at the theatre. I was young, full of life, full of energy. At 58, I deeply yearn for those days again.

jilljeff on August 23, 2023 at 8:35 am

Me too. Only The Fair in Queens is left.

nycman on September 1, 2023 at 4:24 pm


Someone said the Fair Theatre is closing. Is that true?

jilljeff on September 1, 2023 at 11:17 pm

I don’t know of any other adult theaters in NY City.

Garth on September 2, 2023 at 4:34 am

I called the Fair and the person who answered said there are no plans to close the theater.

robboehm on September 4, 2023 at 1:20 pm

Garth you should also indicate that on the Fair site.

Garth on September 4, 2023 at 2:00 pm

I posted it on their site. Someone on there says they saw it on Reddit, I searched Reddit for Fair Theater and nothing came up

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