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Alison Jane
01-25-2011, 07:26 PM
A favorite of mine, I started a thread on another forum long ago and far away...

Anyway... I love seeing pics from back in the day so post them! Maybe this thread will coax Steven (aka distribpix) from out of the shadows...

This is what I have on my computer from that old thread. Most are NYC...













Alison Jane
01-25-2011, 07:39 PM












Alison Jane
01-25-2011, 07:39 PM
And the saddest one of all... :sosad:


Todd Jordan
01-25-2011, 07:47 PM
third from the bottom...is that the one framed in your home? I love seeing movie marquees from the old days. I took a picture of the marquee at the old theater I used to go to as a kid recently, but it's not nearly as impressive as I had hoped it would be.

http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/5541/rialto.jpg (http://img87.imageshack.us/i/rialto.jpg/)

Alison Jane
01-25-2011, 07:48 PM
third from the bottom...is that the one framed in your home?

Yes. :cool:

Mark Tolch
01-26-2011, 09:12 AM
SUCH great pictures, Alison, thanks for sharing. As dirty and depraved as some of the stories that I've heard of "The Deuce", I can't even imagine what it would've been like to have those resources all lined up like that. Awesome. When i was in NYC in 98, there were still a few "private viewing booths" down at Times Square, but even that's changed. Shame, really.

Ian Jane
01-26-2011, 09:44 AM
There's still viewing booths on 8th Ave in some of the porno shops. It's marginally sleazy over there to this day.

Alison Jane
01-26-2011, 10:52 AM
SUCH great pictures, Alison, thanks for sharing.

This thread inspired me to order a few black and white 5x7s of three of the images above to frame. I've been meaning to but kept forgetting. :)

Ian Jane
01-26-2011, 11:01 AM
There's a bunch of good images on the Passions Of Carol DVD of Times Square in the 70s.

Mark Tolch
01-26-2011, 12:43 PM
Yeah, where did you get the big framed pictures though?

01-26-2011, 10:24 PM
Alison.....WOW, great stuff..You have awoken me and this is my first post! Great pictures, I remember a thread like this from a while back and I am so fascinated with these types of pics, especially the ones here in NYC. It is sort of amazing and also sad, to see what has become of some of the grand XXX film houses of 42 street. I often find myself walking down 8 th Ave or 42 nd st and wondering if the powers that be, ever thought that when they began to demolish the infrastructure of the 'Deuce", that they were also dismantling a part of American culture that will never and can never be replaced. That is why these photos are key, and that is one of the reasons why it is so important to keep the Distribpix archive alive. It is not just films......it is history, culture and it is a legacy.

Here is the short tribute to some of the grind houses and theaters of Times Square, also available on the Platinum Elite Collection of Shaun Costello's, 'The Passions of Carol'.


And please visit: www.distribpix.com, it is slowly becoming a one stop source for some very rare golden age erotica, sexploitation and exploitation material!!

Alison Jane
02-13-2011, 08:22 AM
Some more I found today...





Alison Jane
02-13-2011, 08:24 AM
This one is older than I like, but I think seeing how the marquee looked back then is neat...


Alison Jane
02-13-2011, 08:25 AM




Alison Jane
02-13-2011, 08:26 AM




Alison Jane
02-13-2011, 08:27 AM
And the last few for now...





Mark Tolch
02-13-2011, 11:10 AM
I want a time machine....

Alison Jane
02-13-2011, 11:30 AM
Yep. I've often thought how messed up it is that if most people had time machines they'd go back to the time of Jesus or something but I'd go back to 42nd Street circa 1976.


Todd Jordan
02-13-2011, 01:50 PM
those are so rad. I like the one with (post #12) with The Sperminator on the marquee to the left and Pee-Wee Herman jumping off his bike to the right. It's like a prophetic image.

I also like the one in post #16, with Olga's Massage Parlor on the marquee...that little guy on the right looks like he could be me standing there. I shall pretend it is.

02-21-2011, 05:26 PM
This doesn't really belong here but I didn't want to start a new thread for only one picture...


Alison Jane
02-21-2011, 05:41 PM
Batusi! Awesome. :biggrin:

02-21-2011, 05:47 PM

The first time Ian and I met face-to-face it was at Mary's Club in PDX. He gave me a hug, we sat down and I leaned in and said "These girls are TOTALLY NUDE!"

They were. Totally.

Ian Jane
02-21-2011, 05:47 PM
Where is that place and how do I get there?

Ian Jane
02-21-2011, 05:48 PM

The first time Ian and I met face-to-face it was at Mary's Club in PDX. He gave me a hug, we sat down and I leaned in and said "These girls are TOTALLY NUDE!"

They were. Totally.

There was where you tipped a girl $20 per song for bouncing her ass cheeks off of her feet, wasn't it?

02-21-2011, 05:56 PM
$5. But still, yeah...

Ian Jane
02-21-2011, 05:59 PM
Chad and I once saw a midget in a sailor suit in that joint.

Mark Tolch
02-21-2011, 07:35 PM
Was Mary's where we met Marc who was going to Iraq?

03-07-2011, 12:27 AM
The World Theater-VideoShack-The Circus Cinema........with the BIG TOP ABOVE......awesome!!

For more golden age erotica please visit www.distribpix.com (http://www.distribpix.com)

Ian Jane
03-07-2011, 01:44 PM
Is that the store your dad owned?

Ian Jane
04-27-2011, 03:15 PM





Ian Jane
05-04-2011, 11:00 AM

05-04-2011, 01:17 PM
Wasn't there a band called Bubblegum Girls? I'd go see 'em, just on that name alone..

05-04-2011, 06:37 PM

Todd Jordan
05-04-2011, 06:56 PM
Look in the background Paul...Male Strippers!

Ian Jane
05-04-2011, 08:52 PM
Where is that from, TB?

05-05-2011, 12:17 PM
Where is that from, TB?

The Retrospace (http://retrospace.tumblr.com/) TUMBLR site.

Paul Casey
05-05-2011, 10:43 PM
Look in the background Paul...Male Strippers!

Where's my time machine?

07-20-2011, 04:54 PM



Ian Jane
07-20-2011, 08:22 PM
That top one has a west coast vibe? I'm seeing palm trees there. Rad none the less.

I wish theaters still went all out for trashy shit like in that shot of the Liberty. I'd probably go to the movies more often if they did.

Todd Jordan
07-20-2011, 09:13 PM
Yeah that looks so cool.

07-21-2011, 12:16 PM
That top one has a west coast vibe? I'm seeing palm trees there. Rad none the less.

I thought those were exploding street lamps.

I wish theaters still went all out for trashy shit like in that shot of the Liberty. I'd probably go to the movies more often if they did.

Agreed. Instead of a Transformers stand-up we should have cardboard cut-outs of Giovanni Lombardo Radice getting his wang chopped off.

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a376/matthewallison/267401_216377628400296_129145773790149_587528_5608 984_n.jpg

Paul Casey
07-21-2011, 12:47 PM
Agreed. Instead of a Transformers stand-up we should have cardboard cut-outs of Giovanni Lombardo Radice getting his wang chopped off.

They could serve popcorn with coctail wieners in them.

Todd Jordan
07-21-2011, 02:24 PM
or Gummie Nipples.

08-03-2011, 12:35 PM
This isn't a grindhouse, or an adult theater, and it's very likely not in NYC but I have to post this pic...


Ian Jane
08-03-2011, 12:44 PM
That was definitely the right call.


Paul Casey
08-03-2011, 12:44 PM
Good thing that theater didn't charge an arm and a leg.

yuk yuk

Todd Jordan
08-03-2011, 04:55 PM
All I can do is wonder if he washes his hands before he eats.

Ian Jane
08-17-2011, 11:32 AM
It's London, not NYC, but the BFI put up a pretty cool article about one of London's old theaters here (http://www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/newsandviews/comment/scala-forever.php).

09-13-2011, 04:17 PM





Todd Jordan
09-13-2011, 04:22 PM
"Female consultants..." heh heh..I like the last one with the old lady peering in, hoping to catch a glimpse of some dice shooting.


09-13-2011, 04:23 PM


http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b110/GuanoReturns/Manhattan%20Movie%20Theaters/Mayfair%20Theater%20aka%20Demille%20aka%20Embassy% 202%203%204/Embassy234ShowFollies1993.jpg



Paul Casey
09-13-2011, 04:28 PM
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b110/GuanoReturns/Manhattan%20Movie%20Theaters/Mayfair%20Theater%20aka%20Demille%20aka%20Embassy% 202%203%204/Embassy234ShowFollies1993.jpg

I like that if you get all horned up, you can walk next door and grab a donut to fuck.

09-13-2011, 04:28 PM








09-13-2011, 04:32 PM





Paul Casey
09-13-2011, 04:57 PM
What's a flame steak? Sounds erotic.

Ian Jane
09-13-2011, 05:10 PM
I wish I could shop at Right On Grocery And Candy, get me some cold beer there. Then catch a screening of Black Chicks. Then I'd join you for some flame steaks, Paul.

09-13-2011, 06:54 PM
You can get a flame steak or multiple flame steaks, according to those signs. My guess is that they're steaks cooked over flames but I could be wrong. I could be devastatingly wrong on that.

Is that a painted macaroni portrait of Paul Stanley in the window above the marquee? Maybe that's where KI77's loft was and Flame Steaks inspired "Flaming Youth".

09-13-2011, 06:58 PM




San Fran



Ian Jane
09-13-2011, 07:31 PM
Is that a painted macaroni portrait of Paul Stanley in the window above the marquee? Maybe that's where KI77's loft was and Flame Steaks inspired "Flaming Youth".

Good eye.

Todd Jordan
09-13-2011, 07:36 PM
It looks like John Wayne Gacy's clown self-portrait.

Alison Jane
09-13-2011, 07:40 PM

That's mine! Where'd you find that?!

Robin Bougie
09-13-2011, 09:38 PM
It's LA and not NYC, but I think this post of mine fits nicely in this thread:

This one is totally on the money, though:

09-14-2011, 10:53 AM
That's mine! Where'd you find that?!

Bucket O' Photos.

Alison Jane
02-27-2012, 09:27 AM
The bottom 3/4 of the Eagle/Earle marquee in my neighborhood was taken down last week. Can't go through this thread to find a picture of what it was (at work and all) but just figured I'd mentioned it since several of you here have seen it in person.

Sucks. :(

Ian Jane
02-27-2012, 10:10 AM
Oh shit! It was there when I took the train to work on Monday last week.


Robin Bougie
02-27-2012, 08:13 PM
That does suck.

Here is a tiny bit of good news: this 1922 signage was just uncovered in my hood (downtown Vancouver) last week when they tore down the building next to it. No one had any idea it was there:


Which is all very awesome, because "Grandma's Breasts" is my all-time favourite Harold Lloyd movie.

Ian Jane
02-28-2012, 10:20 AM
That's bizarre and random and kinda cool.

Todd Jordan
02-28-2012, 10:23 AM
I think that's really cool. Are they tearing that building down too? If not will someone preserve the sign? Probably not. They'll paint over it.

Alison Jane
02-28-2012, 06:42 PM
Oh shit! It was there when I took the train to work on Monday last week.



Ian Jane
02-28-2012, 06:50 PM
Eek! That's so sad looking.

Todd Jordan
02-28-2012, 07:03 PM
I remember that place. Isn't that the place we fantasized about buying for like a minute? Sad to see pieces of history ignored and thrown away.

Ian Jane
03-12-2012, 11:30 AM
The marquee is now almost entirely gone (Alison took this on her camera phone on the way to work this morning).

I've heard rumors that either a Rite Aid is going in or a bank. Fuck both of those ideas.


Ian Jane
03-21-2012, 09:53 AM
Not photography related specifically but the vacant 'Times Square Theater' will now be home to a production (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/times-square-theatre-broadway-4d-bryan-singer-jeff-sagansky-302843?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thr%2Fnews+%28The+Hollywood+R eporter+-+Top+Stories%29) most of us don't care about but which will probably bring in a lot of tourists.

This picture is kinda cool though, if only for the Ninja Assassin billboard:


Alex K.
03-22-2012, 12:33 AM
Watching Legion on 42nd st. a while ago was fun. Especially the audience reaction. Of course, it pales in comparison to experiencing the old grindhouse cinemas I'm sure.

Ian Jane
03-27-2012, 11:27 AM
The marquee is now almost entirely gone (Alison took this on her camera phone on the way to work this morning).

I've heard rumors that either a Rite Aid is going in or a bank. Fuck both of those ideas.


So I was wrong, it's gonna be a food court. Ick.


Todd Jordan
03-27-2012, 12:49 PM
THat wasn't up this weekend. We could have gone in. Looks great.

Alison Jane
03-27-2012, 02:15 PM
Yes, it was. It's just not open yet.

Todd Jordan
03-27-2012, 05:11 PM
You anus husband pointed it out, took a picture and said "that's probably the last picture I'll ever take of that building" and left with tears smearing his dirty face. Or was that a different building? Could be.

Alison Jane
03-27-2012, 05:47 PM
I don't have an "anus husband" so I wouldn't know.

Ian Jane
03-27-2012, 05:56 PM
It wasn't up on Sun. morning but it was on Mon. morning so when Alison left to meet us, it had probably been done.

Either way, it looks like shit and fuck that food court with my anus.

Todd Jordan
03-27-2012, 06:26 PM

Ian Jane
03-31-2012, 06:53 PM
A quick drive by shot of the marquee of The Fair, which isn't in Times Square but Astoria Queens. Regardless, it did used to be a porno theater (old movie listings from various NYC newspapers show some interesting titles having played there, including a few Carter Stevens films) and while it isn't a smut house anymore, at least it's still a theater (they were showing Bollywood stuff for a while and I think some Thai stuff too? Not sure. They seem to mix things up there) and not some shitty store of food court or whatever.


Alison Jane
04-01-2012, 06:55 AM
You know what? I hate that the Eagle/Earle is gone but I think a small part of me is happy there's some sort of marquee-type sign up there. Sort of a shadow of its former self. In a perfect world it would have been restored and used for the crappy food court that is coming- in a more perfect world it would have stayed a theatre. Sad to me how, in Queens, you can tell store fronts that are where theatres formerly were because they have extended signs out front (its in their lease). All the places that used to be something way cooler than they are now. There were five theatres in this neighborhood when I was a kid (three regular, two porno). Now there is officially only one left. Guess we should start taking pics of that one...

Alison Jane
04-01-2012, 07:04 AM
Not sure if I posted this at all. Very sweet. And sad.

The Last Days of a Porn Palace
By Molly Langmuir Tuesday, May 9 2006

Harold Gussin never expected that one day he'd end up running a porn theater. When he started working at the Polk, a theater in Jackson Heights, Queens, it was the late 1950s and the Polk was just a regular movie house. But only a decade later, it was starting to show films like charscalex98 Carmen, Babcharscalex98 y, an update on the opera that was billed as "Carmen in modern undress!" And for the next 40 years, the Polk showed nine dirty films a day. The place got increasingly run-down. By last winter, there were only five flickering bulbs above the entrance.

The marquee had big red neon letters that said "POLK," but two had burned out. And the only poster outside was of a girl in a slip glancing over her shoulder, looking as if she belonged on the cover of a '50s pulp novel. "At least once in every young man's life there's an older woman," it said above her head.

But somehow, the Polk had managed to stay open way after Times Square had been transformed from sleazy sex market to tourist trap. In fact, by early 2006, it was one of only three big theaters left where people could watch porn on the big screen in the city. In late February, though, the place closed down for good. Mr. G., now 75, had been sick. "I just couldn't take care of it no more," he said. But lately, he often wishes it were still open. "I would have something to do," he said—although he always felt a bit conflicted about running the Polk. "It's not a nice thing to have a man show dirty movies," he explained. "I am embarrassed." He still managed to show up almost every night for 30 years. A short man, he almost always wore a bowler hat and a black overcoat with a white handkerchief in the breast pocket. He would arrive at 9 p.m. and then stay for about an hour, until it closed.

It was easy to see that the Polk, built in 1938, had once been elegant. The 599-seat theater was art deco, and some of the original light fixtures were still on the walls. The little ticket booth outside was the original, too, although the glass had become cloudy with age. But business at the Polk hadn't been going so well. There were only about 12 customers a night. Part of the problem was the projectors, which were over half a century old. The porn was always tinted red, and sometimes it was so blurry it was hard to tell what was armpit and what was pubic hair.

The titles were listed in capital letters on a piece of paper taped to the ticket booth. Inside, there was a blue heart-shaped ashtray, a baby animal calendar, and a bouquet of fake pink flowers. Some nights the teller was Sharon Dobossy, 62, who had taken the job at the Polk to pay for food for her 16 cats. She had smooth, pale skin, and a Hungarian accent that turned many of her Ws to Vs. She spent her shifts smoking Misty 120s and applying and reapplying her lipstick. Occasionally, Mr. G. would pop his head in the ticket booth to ask a question. One night, he did this and then stopped for a moment. "Why do you keep putting on lipstick?" he asked. "There's no one here." Sharon just gave him a haughty look.

Sharon felt conflicted about working at the Polk too. "I got to get out of here," Sharon said. "This is a sin to work at a porno movie theater. Every morning I go to church. It's the only way I manage."

Other shifts the teller was Paola. Occasionally she sat in the booth, knitting, but when it was nice she would stand outside the booth, leaning suggestively against the wall, wearing lipstick and tight jeans. She looked a bit like she'd had a sex change, and as it turned out, she had. She never went inside, she said, because it was dangerous for a lady. And besides, she said, it stank.

It did. It smelled like piss, rubber, and old carpet. What it did not smell like was sex. No one was getting laid at the Polk. And it was not because of the signs in the lobby, "No Sex," with "Sex" crossed out and "Smoking" written below. If the patrons wanted to get any, they needed to take care of it themselves. They spent a lot of time going to the bathroom upstairs, but they also spent a lot of time wandering through the dimly lit lobby. In one corner there were seven fire extinguishers. There was a display case cluttered with old calendars and empty Arizona Iced Tea bottles. And at the far end of the room there was a staircase that led up to the second floor, where there was an old phone booth with a little ledge to sit on, except that there was no phone. Mr. G. never paid much attention to all this. "All it needs is a good paint job," is what he said about the theater. "Look at it, it's so nice." He was sitting in the lobby, dwarfed by a regal-looking chair with a leopard-skin print. "If I get better, I'm gonna put in American, European pictures. Years ago they were playing here," he said. He trailed off. "Last year or so it went down, down, down. People don't want it anymore. They see it on TV. Or they buy it and watch it at home."

The people who still went were mostly average-looking men who didn't own a VCR or a DVD player. One short Mexican man with a mouth full of metal said he went because he lived with eight other people and deciding on a movie to rent was impossible. No one seemed worried about what they would do if the place closed. "The world is changing," said one older man, shrugging. "I will have to change with it."

One regular, an overweight man who wore a leather cap and thick glasses and had a deformed left hand that he covered up with a glove, always made a lot of trips outside to make phone calls.

Mr. G. and Sharon were sitting in the lobby one night as he did this. They were bickering about nothing and completely disregarding the raucous sex noises coming from the theater, as they always did. Finally, Mr. G. asked the guy why he kept leaving.

"Customers," the guy replied. Mr. G. looked at him blankly.

"I can't wait to shove your big cock in me," the girl on the screen replied.

"He must be very sick," Mr. G. said, shaking his head, after the guy left. He turned to Sharon. "Did you see his hand?"

Sharon wasn't working that night, but she often spent her nights off sitting in the lobby with Mr. G. They would eat takeout together and sometimes Sharon would offer Mr. G. some of her food. "You're a good person," Mr. G. would usually say. But once, he followed that up with, "She's always offering food. Never offered me her body." Sharon ignored him. "You know I met Robert Redford once," Mr. G. continued, glancing over at Sharon slyly. "He said you were the biggest sexpot."

Sharon's eyes got wide, but Mr. G. was just kidding. Sharon often talked about how she once dated Redford. After she first arrived from Hungary, back in the 1950s, when she walked down Fifth Avenue, she said, everyone would stare at her. This was how she met Redford.

"Vhy do they looking at me? I don't know. I had long blond hair," she shrugged, then pursed her lips. "I saw a man in sunglasses, looking at me very much." The man then introduced himself as Robert Redford. Sharon said they dated for a year. She still kept a newspaper clipping of him in the ticket booth.

Other than Redford, Sharon talked about her cats. "I never thought I would have so many feelings about animals," she said once. The problem was, her cats had recently been stolen. The difficulties started after one of her neighbors complained about them, and Sharon moved them into the lobby of the Polk. At first the customers loved them. "For a week or so," Mr. G. said. "Then the customers complained about the smell. They were beautiful cats."

After that, she moved her cats into an unoccupied house where she knew the caretaker. But in October, her cats disappeared. Sharon was sure they had been stolen by a neighborhood woman, a "maniac," as Sharon described her, who lived in a cramped one-bedroom apartment with dogs, cats, rats, pigeons, and cockroaches. Sharon said the woman went around the neighborhood stealing all the animals she could get her hands on. Sharon even found a witness who saw a woman of her description entering the house with numerous cat carriers.

But not even the police would help Sharon. "They said, anyvay, this is not a crime," was what Sharon said. So Sharon started coming up with increasingly extreme solutions. "I am thinking, the FBI," she said one evening.

Another idea she had involved two big guys. She was sitting in the lobby as she described the scenario. On the screen behind her a guy was talking to a girl with a remarkable resemblance to Ginger Spice. "Coach said sex makes you lose your legs," the guy told the girl. "I need my legs."

"I need your eggs," the girl responded, somewhat inexplicably, before an endless bout of oral sex.

Sharon said she wouldn't have the men kill the cat thief, just scare her. "They take her somewhere and they say, 'Vhere are the cats? Vhere are the cats?' Then she will have to tell."

Eventually, Sharon also started feeding the stray cats around the Polk. One evening in early February, Sharon was outside, putting out cat food, and Mr. G. was in the lobby. "Since I came in I haven't sold a ticket," he said, "I'm heartbroken." It was getting close to 10 p.m. and he went upstairs to the projection room to turn the movie off. But he came back down a moment later. "I went to shut it off. Then I said, 'Why be a louse?' " He sat back down on his chair, crushing his hat. Sharon came back in, and a moment later, the movie ended and one guy shuffled out. Mr. G. started to go back up the stairs. "I'm afraid to be alone," he said to Sharon. "Wait for me here." Mr. G. said this to Sharon every night. Sharon would always complain, but she would wait. And the two of them would leave together.

The Polk closed a couple weeks later. Sharon started a course on computer skills, hoping to get an office job. But by Easter, Mr. G. still hadn't really figured out what to do. "I never should have sold it," he said recently. "Now I just sleep all day and sleep all night." He didn't sound well. His voice alternated between a throaty rasp and a high wheeze. "I wish I hadn't sold it," he said again. He wasn't sure what the new owners were planning to do with it, but he thought they were going to build an apartment complex. "I miss it so much," he said. "I was there since 1959." He paused. "That's 47 years," he added. It was as if he almost couldn't believe it himself.


Alison Jane
04-01-2012, 07:26 AM
I come across this website every now and again.


I like it.

Robin Bougie
04-01-2012, 09:28 AM
Nice posts, Allison!

Ian Jane
05-30-2012, 12:04 PM
I stole this from Facebook, so all credit goes to the Adult Films 1968-1988 (http://www.rockshockpop.com/groups/291177474238605/) group, but it was too cool not to pass on.


Ian Jane
07-11-2012, 08:46 AM
From 1958.


Ian Jane
07-15-2012, 10:19 AM

Barry M
07-15-2012, 10:35 AM
I stole this from Facebook, so all credit goes to the Adult Films 1968-1988 (http://www.rockshockpop.com/groups/291177474238605/) group, but it was too cool not to pass on.


That was taken by Ted Thai for LIFE in July 1986. There are a bunch of others that are pretty great, too.







Barry M
07-15-2012, 10:38 AM
I also like this one. I think the Camel guy blows.


07-17-2012, 02:00 PM
Love seeing this kind of thing in old movies set in New York...Such atmosphere.....wouldnt like to visit at the time though I think..too scary!

Ian Jane
08-08-2012, 04:01 PM
This is all kinds of cool...


08-23-2012, 02:55 PM

A few nice pics in here

Ian Jane
09-03-2012, 02:02 PM

Barry M
09-08-2012, 11:23 PM

Untitled (man and movie poster), 1969, by David Campbell.

From http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/art/157547

Robin Bougie
09-09-2012, 08:56 AM
I think the Camel guy blows.

He probably doesn't think much of you either.

09-30-2012, 09:43 AM
Great old pics of NYC in this facebook group:


Alison Jane
09-30-2012, 07:48 PM
Liked! Thanks for the recommendation!

Ian Jane
10-11-2012, 12:15 PM
This is LA not Times Square but close enough.

Ian Jane
10-26-2012, 02:08 PM

11-17-2012, 06:57 PM
From Retronaut...


Phil Lynnot hangin' with Ally Sheedy




Hoes and Ho-Jo's


Ian Jane
11-17-2012, 07:15 PM
I wish that there were still giant PAINT YOUR WAGON signs in Times Square. I would hang out there if that were the case.

11-17-2012, 07:54 PM
I wish they'd make a movie called PAINT Y'UR WAGON BLOOD RED.

Mark Tolch
12-13-2012, 04:18 PM
I wish i had a time machine. :-(

Ian Jane
12-19-2012, 11:52 AM

Mr White
12-29-2012, 07:11 AM
Hi. My first post!

I love these old marquee images and I've added a fair few over at The Deuce Grindhouse Cinema Database. There's a lot of tagged images in the forum as well as an inaccurate Times Square map (jobs pending) showing where some of the theatres were located.

What would be great is if I could have a map which would open out when clicking on a theater, giving a brief history, images and what it is today. Alas, my webernet knowledge is limited so it'll take a while to do, if at all.

Robert W
12-29-2012, 01:21 PM
As clear as the picture is on my monitor, I'd rather watch these films in a fleapit.

Ian Jane
01-24-2013, 10:20 AM
Some facebook swipes...





Ian Jane
01-25-2013, 09:52 AM

Ian Jane
02-13-2013, 12:19 PM
Mitch O'Connell took this in the 80s, a few more at the Vanishing New York blog here (http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2013/02/80s-deuce.html).


Ian Jane
02-13-2013, 12:23 PM
From Ephemeral New York (https://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/tag/follies-burlesk/):


Ian Jane
02-13-2013, 12:25 PM

02-13-2013, 02:05 PM
It would be cool to have those letters used on the Friday the 13th marquee above.

Ian Jane
02-26-2013, 10:33 AM

Ian Jane
03-05-2013, 10:37 AM


Ian Jane
03-13-2013, 01:06 PM

Ian Jane
03-13-2013, 01:08 PM

Ian Jane
03-13-2013, 01:10 PM



Ian Jane
03-13-2013, 01:15 PM

03-13-2013, 02:41 PM
Probably as close to Times Square as Chicago got, circa 1966. Great clip.


Ian Jane
04-05-2013, 10:45 AM
I stole this from a vintage adult films facebook group.


Mr White
04-05-2013, 05:24 PM

Ian Jane
04-25-2013, 11:11 AM
Michael Bowen put this up on FB, it's rad.


Mark Tolch
04-29-2013, 09:45 AM
I know there was some talk about a British company doing a documentary on 42nd Street, but that's been in the works for years now....are there other good docs out there on NYC in the 70's? I saw a BBC special called Once Upon a Time in New York that covered disco, punk and hip-hop in the 70's that was awesome, but I've been looking around for other stuff as well. There's one out there called 42nd Street River to River, but i haven't been able to find out much about it.

Ian Jane
04-29-2013, 09:55 AM
Doing Time In Times Square is good but it's more about the criminal element and the experiences of the filmmakers than the theaters and what not.


So far as I know though, the definitive documentary we all want doesn't exist yet.

Ian Jane
05-07-2013, 02:59 PM

Ian Jane
05-09-2013, 02:20 PM

Mark Tolch
05-10-2013, 10:34 AM
I watched DOIN' TIME in TIMES SQUARE...on fast forward. Man. Terrible. Shot with a video camera, bunch of fights and stuff, you wouldn't know it was Times Square for the most part, and it was interspersed with lame home movies. Just in case anyone was gonna buy it.

Ian Jane
05-20-2013, 12:49 PM

Ian Jane
05-27-2013, 09:57 AM

Ian Jane
05-30-2013, 02:06 PM


Ian Jane
05-30-2013, 02:09 PM
And a pretty great collection of 'the end days' of Times Square from the 90s archived here (http://galessandrini.blogspot.com/2012/08/42nd-street-in-mid-nineties-in-progress.html).

Ian Jane
06-02-2013, 10:37 AM
It's not Times Square but it is a marquee so it still counts. I stole this from Facebook.


Mark Tolch
06-02-2013, 03:31 PM
For marquees, you just can't beat....KITCHENER.


Ian Jane
06-03-2013, 08:59 AM
Have you ever been to Salads'n Such?

Mark Tolch
06-03-2013, 05:41 PM
I have not. I think it was closed by 1989.

Ian Jane
06-04-2013, 06:48 PM
I heard their such was lacking.

Mark Tolch
06-06-2013, 10:33 AM
I heard their such was lacking.

Yeah, but the sandwiches were ACES.

06-08-2013, 01:51 PM
Not from Times Square, but here's a pic of the Fox Theatre in my hometown of Corning, NY from 1955. In the 60's, the Fox was sold and renamed the Corning Cinema.


In the early 80's the Corning Cinema closed down and there is no longer a marquee there.


Mark Tolch
06-10-2013, 11:28 AM
Toronto in the 70's...Ian loves the Uptown.


Mark Tolch
06-10-2013, 11:28 AM
More of the Toronto.....6813

06-10-2013, 04:07 PM
I love how they offer a senior citizen discount!

06-10-2013, 09:53 PM
Love Aids

George Barry
06-11-2013, 01:50 AM
40 plus years ago, I went with a girlfriend to Starvin Marvin's on Yonge Street. Now, if they were still open, I could go back and ask for my senior citizen discount.

Mark Tolch
06-11-2013, 08:55 AM
More Toronto....


Mark Tolch
06-11-2013, 08:56 AM
The bottom pic is from the Protest against the Decline of Morals in Society.

"When it opened in October 1969, Cinema 2000 found a way to slip through a loophole in the current censorship laws by showing films on videotape, which was not subject to censorship by the Ontario Board of Censors. Nevertheless, obscenity charges were filed against the theatre for showing the films commercially. Despite three separate legal proceedings and $40,000 in legal fees, the Court ruled in favour of Cinema 2000, making it the first cinema to win a sex censorship case in Canada.

The murder of shoeshine boy Emanuel Jaques in a Yonge Street massage parlour in 1977, combined with a city report recommending ways of dealing with the increasing number of sketchy businesses, led to tighter regulations. Cinema 2000 closed October 10, 1982, with the double bill Hot Cats and On a Waterbed. Even the “Yonge Street is Fun Street” sign above the Funland video arcade eventually vanished."

Ian Jane
06-11-2013, 04:07 PM
Speaking of Toronto, when I lived near Bloor & Bathhurst, The Metro was still going strong. I think it's shuttered now.




Mark Tolch
06-11-2013, 09:26 PM
You'll be happy to know that the Metro was up for sale for 10 years before it was bought last year, re-opened, and is still a porn/arthouse/foreign film theatre.

Mark Tolch
06-11-2013, 09:28 PM
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George Barry
06-12-2013, 01:03 AM
[QUOTE=Mark Tolch;63506]The bottom pic is from the Protest against the Decline of Morals in Society.
"When it opened in October 1969, Cinema 2000 found a way to slip through a loophole in the current censorship laws by showing films on videotape, which was not subject to censorship by the Ontario Board of Censors. Nevertheless, obscenity charges were filed against the theatre for showing the films commercially. Despite three separate legal proceedings and $40,000 in legal fees, the Court ruled in favour of Cinema 2000, making it the first cinema to win a sex censorship case in Canada.

Mark, Thanks for posting the pictures.

(In case, it hasn't been mentioned) Cinema 2000 was a movie house without a screen. People watched the films off of TV monitors, suspended every few rows, over the seats.

Mark Tolch
06-12-2013, 09:07 AM
I didn't actually know that, thanks George!

Ian Jane
06-12-2013, 09:29 AM
I stole this one from FB.


Ian Jane
06-18-2013, 08:38 AM
I stole this one from FB too.


Mark Tolch
06-18-2013, 02:31 PM
This is a super-rad video montage.


Ian Jane
06-20-2013, 04:51 PM


I saw Gung Ho at the Drive-In with my dad when I was a kid.

06-24-2013, 05:51 PM
Vintage 70s SNL pics with excellent bonus Times Square marquees mixed in.


06-25-2013, 09:38 AM
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a376/matthewallison/67c0dc53-b7a3-474d-a39e-3fd64cb840f7_zpsc6bd3225.jpg (http://s15.photobucket.com/user/matthewallison/media/67c0dc53-b7a3-474d-a39e-3fd64cb840f7_zpsc6bd3225.jpg.html)

Ian Jane
06-25-2013, 08:47 PM
Vintage 70s SNL pics with excellent bonus Times Square marquees mixed in.


Those are awesome!

Ian Jane
07-11-2013, 03:41 PM
It's Toronto and not really a grindhouse theater but still a rad picture that sort of fits here.


Mark Tolch
07-11-2013, 10:25 PM
The Carlton Cinema. Still open, and still plays a lot of indie flix...and still charges 7 bucks a ticket, 5 bucks on Tuesdays. I should go back there and see something.

Edit: Just found out that though it's in the same building, it's not the same theatre. The theatre there has now been open since 1981.

Barry M
07-11-2013, 11:10 PM
Are they lined up to see the movie or to go to Maple Leaf Gardens?

I saw Much Ado About Nothing there last weekend (salright). Cineplex-sized screen and theatre, digital projection, but only slightly more expensive than staying home.

Ian Jane
07-12-2013, 09:06 AM
There's a pretty great article here (http://www.localfilmcultures.ca/?page_id=718) about the theaters that were on Younge St. in the 1970s. Wish there were more pictures.


I remember that pinball arcade.

Also.... this!


And these!




Ian Jane
07-19-2013, 11:02 AM



Alison Jane
07-20-2013, 12:34 PM
Neat old pic of one of the gone theatres from my neighborhood...


Mark Tolch
07-20-2013, 02:48 PM
I like that Bonnie and Clyde and Bullitt have Kid Matinees.

Ian Jane
07-28-2013, 10:17 AM

07-29-2013, 11:06 PM
Shit, now that's a choice triple feature right there.

Ian Jane
08-03-2013, 11:27 AM


Barry M
08-03-2013, 12:24 PM
The day! I bought my ghetto blaster at People's, I think, a few years before that pic.

The Rio's now a sex store with a sex-movie-cineplex upstairs and sex-movie-booths in the basement, so the tradition continues. Get yr harry dirty.

Barry M
08-03-2013, 12:28 PM
This article's pretty good on the Yonge Street strip:


Ian Jane
08-05-2013, 09:58 AM

Ian Jane
08-06-2013, 09:54 AM

Ian Jane
08-14-2013, 02:18 PM


And possibly the weirdest double feature ever?


08-14-2013, 08:59 PM
I love that STARTS FRIDAY KING FRAT running gag from all the John Landis movies.

Ian Jane
08-15-2013, 12:43 PM

Ian Jane
08-16-2013, 09:18 AM


Barry M
08-16-2013, 09:57 AM

The Midtown in Toronto, now the Bloor. Via ckck.tumblr.com (http://ckck.tumblr.com/post/40851176778/midtown-theatre-at-bloor-bathhurst-toronto)


The University, via blogto (http://www.blogto.com/film/2013/08/what_cinemas_used_to_look_like_in_toronto/).


The Odeon at Yonge & Carlton (I think Mark previously posted one of this theatre), also via blogto.


Barry M
08-16-2013, 10:06 AM

Ian Jane
08-16-2013, 10:06 AM
I used to live around the corner from The Bloor. Had a membership there and everything. That's where I saw Faster Pussycat... Kill! Kill! projected with a girlfriend. She walked out 'because of all the nudity.' Should have seen that as a sign...

Barry M
08-16-2013, 10:43 AM
"Puddin' Head" and "Cracked Nuts" would've been a great double bill. Except for all the nudity.

Ian Jane
08-20-2013, 01:25 PM

Ian Jane
08-21-2013, 12:54 PM

Ian Jane
08-23-2013, 11:06 AM

Ian Jane
08-24-2013, 03:41 PM

Ian Jane
08-26-2013, 11:17 AM
Here's The Clinton Street Theater in Portland. It's an arthouse/indy place now but it used to be a porno theater (which is why the men's room entrance is in the theater and not in the lobby?). It's a tiny place.


Ian Jane
09-02-2013, 04:45 PM
Tolch put this on Facebook but not here. Dummy.


Ian Jane
09-06-2013, 02:06 PM


Ian Jane
09-06-2013, 02:12 PM







Ian Jane
09-10-2013, 11:19 AM

09-13-2013, 11:21 PM

Mark Tolch
09-14-2013, 10:38 AM
Wow. That's a lot of Grand Funk.

Mark Tolch
09-14-2013, 10:52 AM
Same idea...these are awesome.


Ian Jane
09-14-2013, 11:06 AM
That's definitely more Grand Funk than I can handle.

09-14-2013, 01:19 PM
World record Whitefro.

Was just coming here to post that link Tolch.

Ian Jane
09-14-2013, 02:57 PM

09-14-2013, 09:18 PM

Holy fucking shit I can never see enough of this stuff... I don't know what it is that draws me in.

09-15-2013, 10:55 AM




www.culttheatres.com (http://www.culttheatres.com)

Relive the Era of Lost Cinemas with the Cult Theatres Collection

The cinema of the 1970's - an era when filmmakers were firmly in control of what filmgoers watched on movie screens, and Hollywood had a strong appetite for taking risks. The 1980s left American audiences, and those who created films, going through withdrawal, as studios continued the struggle to maintain their balance sheets and the U.S. economy, especially in major cities, suffered. That - combined with the multiplex threat - left thousands of grand urban movie palaces floundering with ever-dwindling audiences.

But this situation also created a huge opportunity for independent producers and businessmen. Newly-formed companies purchased many of these once-great theatres, and were more than willing to accept content from independent distributors, which were looking to capitalize on new audiences that were generated from a variety of social & political movements of previous years.

Through the countless documentaries and books written about 1970's and 1980's cinema, the theatres themselves, which so many reminisce about visiting - with both funny and sometimes scary stories - seem to have been reduced to mythological monuments of memory, rarely seen, except in their heydays of burlesque & live shows, or with broken down marquees of the present day.

The Cult Theatres Collection has exclusively licensed a selection of extremely rare photos and created three series of highly collectible postcards, showcasing these movie theatres at that time. One look at these historic cards instantly brings back a flood of fond memories for fans of the era. The full color, 2-sided cards also contain historical data on the reverse side, such as when a theatre opened, alternative names, how they changed over the years, and much, much more. Select cards also include details on the films that were playing when the photos were taken.

The Cult Theatres Collection includes cinemas in Downtown Los Angeles, New York's Times Square - then known as "The Deuce," Boston, Chicago, Detroit and many, many more. Visit www.culttheatres.com to see previews of this incredible collection, order cards 1 through 5 of Series One, and to pre-order the entire collection.

www.culttheatres.com (http://www.culttheatres.com)

Ian Jane
09-15-2013, 12:50 PM
Great first post!

Mark Tolch
09-15-2013, 04:18 PM

Barry M
09-16-2013, 08:37 PM
I was in Montreal this weekend, and caught an outdoor photo exhibit (http://www.quartierdesspectacles.com/expo-photo-gabor-szilasi/) on Ste. Catherine of Gabor Szilasi's pictures of the street. A lot of great movie marquees, plus some strip club signage. Ste. Catherine & St. Laurent's pretty Times Squarey.


That's a picture cribbed from online (http://aduq.ca/ai1ec_event/a-lenseigne-de-la-sainte-catherine-du-7-aout-au-29-septembre/?instance_id=) -- because the photos are behind glass, they're pretty much beyond my phone's abilities, so there's plenty of glare & reflection in the rest.

In no particular order...

RITUALS at the multiplex.




Dunn's smoked meat & BLACK EMANUELLE at the Parc.




ORAL CONTRACT and a second feature I couldn't make out.




More Club Super Sexe; TURNER & HOOCH!!!


Super Sexe 2013 (I took this one)


Even the ones that aren't moviehouses are great.

Cafe Abitibi


I screwed up; this Amusement sign had Video Sex loops & Ms Pacman on the same sign, and I missed the top. And I call myself a feminist.


All original photos by Gabor Szilasi, badly rephotographed on cellphone, photobucketed for maximum compression artifacts. Sorry, Mr. Szilasi.

Barry M
09-16-2013, 08:44 PM

Art is about the details.

09-17-2013, 12:21 AM

Mark Tolch
09-17-2013, 08:29 AM
Cool pics, Barry!

Robin Bougie
09-18-2013, 05:05 AM
Thanks for snapping those, Barry. Cool to see.

Mark Tolch
09-20-2013, 09:12 AM
Another one of Toronto....


Ian Jane
09-20-2013, 11:23 AM
Nice to see some Sonny Chiba love in the bottom left corner there and on the marquee.

Ian Jane
09-21-2013, 02:24 PM
Grubby old theater in our neighborhood that's still going...



09-21-2013, 09:13 PM

Local small theatre

Ian Jane
09-23-2013, 08:39 AM

Barry M
09-23-2013, 08:43 AM


Barry M
09-23-2013, 08:47 AM
I would've gone to see A TASTE OF HOT LEAD. Bill Rotsler!

Ian Jane
09-24-2013, 01:29 PM
Some old 'all male' movie theaters. This one from San Francisco....


...and this one from NYC, circa 1979.


Ian Jane
09-24-2013, 01:30 PM
I dunno where this one is from, I stole it from Google image search.


Ian Jane
10-03-2013, 09:39 AM
The last adult movie theater in Baltimore is closed.


Ian Jane
10-05-2013, 10:31 AM

Ian Jane
10-07-2013, 08:39 AM

Ian Jane
10-08-2013, 01:51 PM

Todd Jordan
10-08-2013, 02:01 PM
I'd say it was in Hollywood, from the look of the bags the woman who looks like my mother is carrying.


Ian Jane
10-15-2013, 03:45 PM

Mark Tolch
10-15-2013, 05:43 PM


Best afternoon EVER.

Ian Jane
10-23-2013, 05:44 PM
These are lovely. '42nd Street From My Car 1986.' (http://500px.com/jamworks/sets/42nd_street_from_my_car_1986)


This is worth taking a few seconds to click on.

Alison Jane
10-23-2013, 07:02 PM

Ian Jane
10-29-2013, 08:49 AM
I stole this from FB.


Ian Jane
10-30-2013, 02:52 PM


Ian Jane
10-30-2013, 04:44 PM

Ian Jane
11-10-2013, 02:24 PM

Ian Jane
11-12-2013, 09:49 AM

Ian Jane
11-14-2013, 02:24 PM

Barry M
11-14-2013, 03:08 PM
Nice hat.

"The Leprechaun of Times Square" is the best Pogues song.

Ian Jane
11-20-2013, 10:24 AM
Distribpix just posted this rad image on FB.


Ian Jane
11-27-2013, 11:15 AM

Barry M
12-19-2013, 04:56 PM
RIP Metro.

XTRA is a bit gay, so the epitaph is "It was a great place to suck a limp 70 year old cock".

Mark Tolch
12-19-2013, 05:34 PM

In a perfect world, Jonathan Hlibka would actually be Bill Hlibka.

Ian Jane
12-20-2013, 10:16 AM
No one else will get that joke.

Mark Tolch
12-20-2013, 02:28 PM
As long as one does!

Ian Jane
01-14-2014, 05:56 PM
Gothamist just posted a super rad set of color photos here (http://gothamist.com/2014/01/14/photos_revisit_the_seedy_times_squa.php#photo-1).


Ian Jane
01-20-2014, 09:46 AM





Ian Jane
01-21-2014, 11:35 AM

Ian Jane
01-30-2014, 11:14 AM
Some color Times Square footage in this clip around the 1 minute mark.


More here just past the 13 minute mark.


Barry M
02-05-2014, 01:43 PM
Not marquee-related, but I came on this (http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=Fr8DH2VBP9sC&dat=19770802&printsec=frontpage&hl=en), and now I want to get in the time machine and go see a movie in Montreal in 1977.


Why do we not have an admats thread?

Robin Bougie
02-06-2014, 06:44 AM
Why do we not have an admats thread?

Shit yeah. I'd post in that.

Mark Tolch
02-06-2014, 09:16 AM
I like that idea as well. Hey, Robin, you should post your Shock Stock/Ginger Lynne poster as well. It's cool.

Barry M
02-06-2014, 09:48 AM
Hmmm.... The R!S!P Memorial Adelmat Thread [LOCKED]?

Somebody else ought to create one.

Robin Bougie
02-09-2014, 07:36 AM
I like that idea as well. Hey, Robin, you should post your Shock Stock/Ginger Lynne poster as well. It's cool.

I haven't gotten the ok from the Shock Stock boys to post it online yet. But when I hear from them that it's ok, you can bet it'll get around!

Ian Jane
02-28-2014, 11:00 AM
Some nifty pictures of 'Times Square Through The Years' posted here (http://thewallbreakers.com/times-square-through-the-years/).

Ian Jane
03-14-2014, 10:30 AM
Distribpix just posted these rad shots on FB.




Ian Jane
03-16-2014, 03:13 PM

Ian Jane
03-19-2014, 04:07 PM

Ian Jane
03-25-2014, 12:44 PM