Court Street Regal Cinema Movie Theater CLOSED

It’s official: Court Street Regal Cinema at the corner of State Street is closed. According to the Brooklyn Paper, signs were posted on the doors indicating it is closed (with the nearest theater in Sheepshead Bay!), and there are no showtimes listed on the Court Street Regal Cinema. It’s still not clear if this location is “all dead” or “mostly dead”, since we haven’t seen any official confirmation that the location is permanently closed, but we’re going to guess “all dead”, since we see indications of a plan afoot to convert the space into some kind of a mall, “The Shops at Court Street”, dating from 2020.

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  • Lucky Larry

    I’m glad the mall conversion is happening. Brooklyn Heights is in dire need of overpriced commercial space that will sit vacant for years – there isn’t enough of it already.

  • TeddyNYC

    I predict that eventually the building will be torn down and replaced by a residential tower. This plan for a vertical mall conversion will most likely fail, that is if it even gets completed in the first place.

  • Arch Stanton

    I don’t see any plan to convert it into a mall, only a brochure from a real estate broker listing the property as available.

  • nomcebo manzini

    It’s got – to my untutored eyes – a big enough “footprint” so that a building no higher than the one at Atlantic & Court looks like a slam dunk.

    But I don’t know if one COULD go that high. I think the housing that replaced Barney’s Pharmacy (on Court) is 2 floors lower, and I suspect that would not be viable. (And I’m pretty sure the 2 E-W blocks could count on the BHA and others to fight upzoning HARD.)

    And I agree with others that “urban retail” (mall style) is a loser still, what with online and Fulton St. in a strong growth phase. I still say Mt. Sinai (unless it has a sweet deal at 300 CPW) is a natural for half or all the space. The amount of elective and “routine” surgery that boomers will demand for the next 20 years would let them “print money.”

  • Andrew Porter

    …location is “all dead” or “mostly dead”…reminds me of the line from “The Wizard of Oz,” that the Wicked Witch was “most sincerely dead!”

  • Jorale-man

    When BH Cinema closed, the owner had talked about reopening it in a space in Dumbo. Maybe now is his chance – the infrastructure is all there. Maybe they’d even sell him just one or two screens instead of the whole shebang.

  • SongBirdNYC

    Nope, Ken moved to Switzerland with is girlfriend.

  • SongBirdNYC

    “It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive. With all dead, well, with all dead there’s usually only one thing you can do”.

    Inigo Montoya : What’s that?

    Miracle Max : Go through his clothes and look for loose change.

  • Jorale-man

    Ah too bad. He seemed gung-ho at first but I sensed the idea lost steam quickly. I guess that leaves BAM Cinemas and occasionally Carroll Gardens for decent cinemas in the area.

  • SongBirdNYC

    And, Alamo Draft House

  • Claude Scales

    Princess Bride references are always welcome.

  • Andrew Porter

    I finally read the NY Times article about the closing and saw the comments, a lot of which noted that this was a “Black Experience”sort of place, with people shouting out, throwing food, on their phones, and in general driving away everyone who wanted to just see a movie.

    One comment on the NYT site says it all for me:

    “… let’s not forget to honor the other things the neighborhood will be missing: Late-night showings, honking/music-blaring cars, the car alarms, and street partying before/after the movies. Don’t forget the fast-food litter, the occasional fights, and vandalism. Clandestine (in the old days) weed smokers hanging out in front of brownstones, spitting and coughing while giving free second-hand weed smoke into open windows. I mean we still get that now (part of life in Brooklyn), but oh we will be losing so much, it will never be the same. Such a part of the NY experience!

    “The theater brought so much to our neighborhood and I have so many memories that I’ll never forget… and hopefully never experience again.”

  • Arch Stanton

    Well the place was known as the “Ghetto-Plex” for a reason…

  • Arch Stanton

    I remember Ken launched a successful crowed funding, campaign to buy a new projector, soon before the theaters demise. I recall some of those investors being upset. I was wondering if you knew if Ken eventually sold that projector and reimbursed some their money or perhaps funded his exit to Switzerland?

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  • Moni

    I never was inside it. Can’t remember ever seeing a film playing that I wanted to see. From the beginning the target audience wasn’t the locals.