|Address:||8105 Lefferts Blvd, Kew Gardens, NY 11415, USA|
Everyone quite rightly raves about the indies here. The selection is always varied and interesting. For me its the under-stated vibe of the place. Normal your neighbor type New Yorkers running the place, appropriately sized and terribly cute theaters, reasonably priced tickets, love the trailers and the popcorn is not bad either. Too bad I cant get to see all the terrific movies they run. My loss! To think this used to be a porn theater. Youve come a long way and given our nabe a nice lift. Thanks. The best is when you get a mainstream movie playing here. No awful , never-ending, big theater trailers to groan your way through; its like watching a movie at home. Love this place!
This was once our favorite theater - the best place in Queens to find the high-quality, thought-provoking movies that we enjoy most. Unfortunately, it is no longer a practical choice for us. Two of the six theaters are completely inaccessible for anyone who has difficulty with steps; there is no elevator or escalator to the second floor. Now that my husband must use a wheelchair, it is not worth coming and being disappointed. I have noticed that there are many elderly people in the daytime audience here. I wish that the theater had enough consideration for its customers to make the appropriate accommodations.
This is one of the few independent cinemas left in Queens county. Furthermore, its one of the last independent movie theaters left standing in the Kew Gardens/Forest Hills area. This neighborhood was known for its movie theaters. Little by little movie theaters kept closing in the area. But Kew Gardens Cinemas is still here–vibrant as ever. It may not have all the modern advances in technology or the most ergonomic seats but what it lacks in physical comfort or IMAX screens, it more than makes up for in charm and its allegiance to independent cinema and the moviegoing experience.
Carole Di Tosti
We are so fortunate to have a cinema that shows the best of Indie films. It is the only one of its kind in the area and gets the films a week after Manhattan...without the prices. Fantastic. They are smart in posting the reviews; many festival award winners, all thought provoking and exceptional. Love this place! Too bad it serves junk food, though. But I understand how people associate popcorn with movies (old folks) and candy...but it is really bad for you. Wish they could offer a few alternatives for the organic crowd. But I am there for the movies, not the food.
Worst theater ever. I bought the tickets online and drove 30 miles to get to this place only to be told that the movie has been cancelled after waiting for an hour because of some technical issues. They did not provide an alternative showing to make up for it. To make things worse, the management handled things very poorly. They werent even feeling bad or apologized for their mistake. No compensation was provided nor the money charged from my account was properly refunded. I would not recommend going to this theater.
A Private User
Indie flicks in central Queens, operating [well, in some form] for 80 years now. The place is totally unpretentious- most of their audiences arent cinephiles or grad students, theyre older folks from the neighborhood. Their weekend matinees can be crowded for this reason. Makes for some interesting heckling/crowd reactions too, though theyre usually pretty subdued. Go on any given weeknight, though, and youll probably have the theater to yourself. No sticky floors, clean bathrooms, small but pleasant staff.
This has been my go-to theater since the first time i discovered it, in mid-December, 2016. Ive lived in Jackson Hts for 16 years and always assumed this place would be too far away from the subway, but its no more than a 10 minute walk on some very pleasant streets. Love the movie choices, LOVE the (seniors) price; I used to go to the Anglelika in Manhattan for these type of movies, but from now on its THE KEW!
Love this little gem of a theater. People rave about the Angelika but I never liked that place...long skinny theaters with about 4 good seats in each; the sound of the subway rumbling below. But the KGC! Big screen, comfortable seats, pleasant staff, and GREAT movies! We are so lucky to have this theater in our neighborhood. Its definitely one of the highlights of living here!
A Private User
A really nice theater with a convenient location and great films! I caught Slumdog Millionaire here way before it became popular. Their selection is really unique, but they also play some popular movies too, which makes for a nice mix. (Recently saw Alice & Wonderland here.) Popcorn is good, seats are comfortable and the theater is well kept. Highly recommended!
A Private User
An excellent traditional movie house. The city now has very few -- Brooklyn has several, but Kew Gardens has this gem, the former Austin Theater. My wife and I have seen a number of films there over the years, including "Brokeback Mountain" in 05. Dont let this cinema go the way of so many others! Support it...cheap (six bucks) bargain matinee cant be beat!
I am waiting for my movie to start, but I wish I can get my refund and go somewhere else. The place is small screens are very close to your face, even though Im sitting all the way in the back feels lik Im in the first row. Never again. Only would come here if they offer like 5 dollar tickets. Paid $14 for my ticket I can pay that price and watch AMC.
Love this theater. Would make me think twice about moving out of the area. Gets lesser distributed and high quality movies. Great alternative to the mainstream theaters in the area for a very different, elevated experience. Popcorn tastes better too. Only problem is the large drinks are more like a medium, so Im always thirsty halfway through a movie.
Theater is a real gem, not just for the neighborhood, but also for everyone who doesnt want to travel to Manhattan for awesome indies. I describe the Kew Gardens Cinema to my friends as the Angelika or Sunshine Cinema east. And you cant beat the matinee prices. If your visiting Kew Gardens, make sure to get a slice of Danis pizza after the flick.
Good selection of films and the staff is nice but the sound is usually too low making it very difficult to hear the dialogue. On more than one occasion I have had to go out into the lobby to make a request to turn the volume up but by then Ive missed part of the movie. Quite annoying.
most important landmark for me. i am thrilled to live down the street. rarely is there a movie unworthy of this venue. recent visit there i found they had new seats sorely needed. very nice. (nt sure all theaters there have renewed seats). no matter keep those great movies coming.
Experience excellent picture and sound quality. Enjoy the pictures on the walls of actors who paved the way for what movies are today. The waiting room is reminiscent of what I imagine movie houses were like in the 40s. This theater gives you value for your money.
This place is perfect. Its like stepping back in time, and I love it. Down to the intro they play before every movie, its like an art deco-meets-1980s time warp, and Im so lucky to live a block away. PLUS cheap Tuesday/Thursday movies? Yes, please. I love you, KGC!
A mature older crowd reflects a pleasant understated crowd. A family owned theater represents a small yet very committed, friendly, and overall very pleasant experience. Everything is clean and customer prepared. Always my first choice on movies playing there.