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Storefront Porno in Hollywood and on the Westside

Hollywood and the rest of the Westside had their share of storefront theatres in the porno business in the 60s and 70s. Among these were:

Bijou Adult Theatre  1651 Cahuenga Blvd.  Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Opened: c.1975. The location is just south of Hollywood Blvd.  Running as a theatre when it first opened, it later morphed into a store selling adult videos and other related merchandise.



We're on Hollywood Blvd. at Cahuenga looking over toward the Bijou on the left. Thanks to Sean Ault for the photo taken by his grandfather, William E. Ault.

Status: It's now a store called Cahuenga Adult Video.

More Information: Cinema Treasures has a page on the Bijou Adult Theatre. There was an earlier Bijou Theatre at 7059 Hollywood Blvd. It started as a classic film venue and then at the end was running gay porno. It closed perhaps 1974. It's unknown if the venue on Cahuenga was a move of the operation or if the two were unrelated.


Cave Theatre  6315 Hollywood Blvd.  Los Angeles, CA  90028
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Located just east of the Vine Theatre, this venue later turned into a strip club. This photo from under the Vine marquee is one that once appeared on the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles.



In an earlier life the Cave building had been Sardi's Restaurant. Thanks to Hector Acuna for this 1942 photo, a post of his on the non-public Facebook group Mid Century Modern Los Angeles. The Vine Theatre is running "Keeper of the Flame" with Tracy and Hepburn.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Cave.


Cine 1  1358 N. La Brea Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Opened: c.1968. The location of the building is a block south of Sunset Blvd.

Closed: 1973

The ad is one from November 1968 that appeared in the Los Angeles Free Press. The site Ad Sausage has a collection of Roger Delfont's articles analyzing the film ads that appeared in the Free Press. He discusses the Cine 1:

"The building at 1358 was the Nico Charisse School of the Dances and Theater Arts, which officially opened in September 1937. A year later, the renowned dance instructor advertised his studio with the following proclaiming 'Isn't it significant that a 16-year old pupil of Charisse - Sid Finklea - was given a contract to succeed Prima Ballerina Danilova with Ballet Russe?' The name Finklea belonged to Tula Ellice Finklea, better known as Cyd. The young student would go on to marry her instructor in 1939, when she was 18. Keeping things musical during the 1940's, the American Operatic Laboratory ran the School of Piano Tuning and Maintenance - luring potential ivory tuners with the quote 'This Vocational Field Is Rich In Opportunity.'

The dance studio vacated the spot in the mid-1950's, and Charisse moved his school to 319 North La Cienega Blvd., and offered more contemporary styles; Modern, Calypso and Primitive. Ironically, the building found itself in the newspapers in 1963, when chiropractor Dr. Ruth Drown used the site as Drown Laboratories - albeit surreptitiously. Along with her daughter and two others, they were found guilty of bilking patients with fraudulent electronic diagnoses and treatments for non-existent diseases. Touting itself as a 'radio-therapy center,' the charlatans were accused of using worthless electrical devices. The Superior Judge declared the devices 'no more effective than voodoo or witchcraft.' It seems the quackery was not appreciated by the landlord. The 3000 square foot building was offered by a broker to suitable tenants, with the proposition 'can vacate present medical tenant within 60 days.' The broker also mentioned the building was adjacent to the Perry Mason Studios. Charisse (who died in 1970) would have been thrilled with what was being offered 50 years later, when 'Hollywood's Newest Theater for Male Viewing' showed 'How To Be a Dancer' in 1969. The Cine 1 advertised they'd lost their lease and were closing in August 1973."

Status: The building is still there on the southeast corner of La Brea and De Longpre. It's being used by the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. 


Cinne Arts Theatre  5651 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028
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A vintage view of the Cinne Arts from Danny O'Connor on the Valley Relics Facebook page.

This one opened in 1970 in a deco building between Gramercy Pl. and Wilton Pl. and was open 24 hours a day.

Status: The space is now used for retail.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Cinne Arts for all that's known. Thanks to Ken Roe on the page for the link to the photo.


Film Festival  1066 N. Western Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90029
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Running in the 70s -- at least from 1972 to 1974, perhaps beyond. The location was on the east side of Western just south of Santa Monica Blvd.

Status: It looks like the building is gone. Just north of the lot is Catalina's Market, at 1070 N. Western. Just up the block was the Flick Theatre.

More information: Cinema Treasures has a page on the theatre but there's not much data.


Flick Theatre 1082 N. Western Ave.
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It was a porno venue running from late 60s into the 80s. The location was on the east side of Western just south of Santa Monica Blvd. Evidently it was also known as Le Sex Shoppe.

Status: The building's still there, now a medical clinic.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Flick.



Hollywood Century Theatre  5903 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028
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A storefront gay porno venue running in the 70s. This location just west of Bronson shouldn't be confused with the other Century Theatre, a 20s film house at 5115 Hollywood Blvd. that went porno at the end.

Status: It's now the location of Atomic Tattoo.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Hollywood Century.


Po-No Theatre  1610 N. Cahuenga Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Running in the 70s in a building just north of Selma Ave.   The space, on the east side of the street, is now part of the Velvet Margarita Cantina. Thanks to Ken McIntyre on Photos of Los Angeles for the 1972 ad.


Quickie Theatre  8253 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA
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Running in the early 70s as a gay porno venue. The exterior is seen in the film "Love Me Deadly" (1974) according to Cinema Treasures contributor David DeCoteau.

The Quickie operation later moved to 8325 Santa Monica Blvd. See the page for the Coast Playhouse, a later name for the theatre at that address.

Status: The space is now used for retail.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures for the Quickie Theatre at 8253 Santa Monica.



Richard's Theatre  5228 Hollywood Blvd.  Los Angeles, CA 90027
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A gay porno operation three blocks east of Western Ave. Thanks to Ken McIntyre on Photos of Los Angeles for the 1972 ad.



Tiki Theatre  5462 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90029
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A 50 seat straight porn house a block east of Western Ave. It used to have live shows with the films.  Thanks to Sean Ault for his photo.



The entrance to the Tiki. It's a Sean Ault photo.



Another entrance view from Mr. Ault.



The Tiki from across the street. It's a photo from the Facebook page Photos of Los Angeles



A lovely evening view by Ken Wallace that once appeared on Photos of Los Angeles.



A look at the famous Tiki Theatre from inside the restaurant across the street. It's from "Cop Out," a 1979 episode of the TV show "Hart and Hart." Thanks to Sean Ault for the screenshot. As you might guess by the bus in the photo, transit history is his major passion. But theatres have a habit of popping up in the background of many of his finds.

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Tiki.


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