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 257 comments)

Tammyjill on September 2, 2023 at 1:17 am

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

Garth on September 2, 2023 at 6:34 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 3:20 pm

Garth you should also indicate that on the Fair site.

Garth on September 4, 2023 at 4:00 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

Tammyjill on September 26, 2023 at 11:53 pm

The Fair is definitely open. Called them yesterday. They do allow crossdressers… I haven’t been there since COVID but will visit over the weekend. Also going to dress. 👠

nycman on October 15, 2023 at 2:39 am

Some of the best years of my youth were spent at this theatre. Is there another adult theatre close to NYC? There’s got to be another place like this theatre once was. Does anyone know?

Tammyjill on October 15, 2023 at 8:33 am

The Fair is definitely open. Astoria B'lvd and 100th Street, Queens

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