Tea Room Theatre

145 Eddy Street,
San Francisco, CA 94102

Unfavorite 2 people favorited this theater

Showing 26 - 41 of 41 comments

RobertR on February 18, 2005 at 2:12 pm

Bravo I agree 100%, a theatre is a theatre.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 18, 2005 at 12:35 pm

Being the person who added this theatre to the site, I have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of in the context of the aims and goals of this site, which is to document and discuss buildings that are used for showing movies, commonly known as theatres/theaters or cinemas. I simply report and add a theatre because it is a theatre, not shying away because the morals of the patrons of a particular building offend me.

The Aquarius/Tea Room Theatre has been in operation as a movie theatre for over 30 years, which is longer than some ‘regular’ theatres on the site.

Are we to have a form of censorship that bans certain types of theatres from qualifying for the site because they don’t ‘fit’ into the general idea of what a theatre is? or the types of people who attend them offend certain members of society?

To be banned???;
Storefront theatres; most early nickelodeons were these.
Non purpose built theatres; because they are not proper theatres, just conversions.
Negro theatres: because they were exclusive to a certain race of people.
3rd run flea-pit dumps; because they deserved to close down and were an embaressment to the nearby movie palaces.
Theatres that had been used for porn; this would mean most of 42nd St and 8th Ave NYC theatres would be taken off not to mention theatres such as the Vista, E. Hollywood, CA which actually showed hard core gay movies for a while, but has now been lovingly restored back to its 1926 Egyptian style and sceens general release movies again.

To be banned?? I don’t think so!

I personally have spent over 35 years in cinema and ‘legit’ theatre management here in the UK and have worked in buildings contrasting from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to West End Theatres, to circuit general release movie theatres, to straight porn XXX cinemas (not all in that order) LOL So I can speak from much experience in working in all types of ‘theatre’ buildings.

Also being a founder member of the Cinema Theatre Association (founded 1967) and being their Visit Co-ordinator for eight years (organising over 80 visits for members, 5 of them International) and made a Life Member a couple of years ago for my services to the Association, I can vouch my sincerity in my detailed research of theatre and cinema buildings which I have been sharing with this site in the over 600 postings I have made about the buildings, data and history.

Now let us all get off our moralistic ‘high horse’ and get back to giving the Cinema Treasures site an input into the theatre buildings whatever their condition, operational woes/needs, style, size etc.

They ALL deserve our attention,and research so others can share them with us for generations to come.

Eric on February 18, 2005 at 12:06 pm

This discussion is hilarious! LOL

deleted user
[Deleted] on February 18, 2005 at 9:25 am

I am also SHOCKED and dismayed that such a sleazy establishment that masquerades as a theatre is permitted to exist on here. Even a theatre that only showed pornographic films would be acceptable. This theatre resides outside those boundarys and should be removed. The person that added this theatre should be ashamed.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 18, 2005 at 8:54 am

My initial preference would be not to list venues that were used -only- as porn houses during their entire lives.

But then you’d have to take the O'Farrell off this site, despite its colorful history (at least one book and one movie have been made about it). And you’d have to remove the South Station, where Pink Flamingos premiered in Boston and legendary art-film booker George Mansour got his start.

stevemcgarrett on February 18, 2005 at 8:29 am

well since being on this site I am SHOCKED that The Tearoom in SF made the list…..
Anyway Tearoom’s entrance is s storefront but when you do enter the main auditorium it is a relative medium sized screen surrounded by chairs…

longislandmovies on February 18, 2005 at 7:59 am

not all people not all theaters MOST

longislandmovies on February 18, 2005 at 7:56 am

most porn houses people indulge in sexual conduct . just the fact .

FoxFan on February 18, 2005 at 7:21 am

I do understand the pro and the con of everyone’s concerns. However, the Cinema Treasures website does list many X rated movie houses that perhaps are NOW PORNO but were NOT PORNO when built of created or perhaps were PORNO for awhile – then stopped, went legit and then went back to porn etc. These however are “real” movie houses not converted storefronts, true. Then too, I have seen many converted building listed on this site – such as the CENTRAL CINEMA in Alameda CA. This was a funeral home that the new operator took over and managed to convert the chapel into a 42 seat auditorium. The projectors are in the choir loft. This is now on CINEMA TREASURES.
I don’t know how you can or cannot list all of these venues. They
are theatres of sorts – only on a technical level, but, legally, yep they are a defined theatre. Tough one guys/gals.

deleted user
[Deleted] on February 18, 2005 at 7:04 am

Pornographic theatres are theatres that show adult movies. I do not have a quarrel with those theatres. This theatre indulges in sexual conduct. Shall we now list strip clubs and brothels here. Perhaps a sleazy hotel where a hooker takes her customer should be listed because an adult video is playing on the television set during the act. This is not a movie theatre regardless of your definition. If you consider this a movie theatre your knowledge of theatres is close to nil.

MagicLantern on February 17, 2005 at 11:58 pm

Then why not remove all entries for adult theatres, regardless of their historical import or academic value? I went into the Front Door down in Long Beach with my girlfriend a few nights ago and it was purely an exploratory trip for us. Future generations will be exceedingly curious about us puny humans stuck in the past precisely because of our garbage…

RobertR on February 17, 2005 at 9:09 pm


longislandmovies, when I first read about this theatre I was going to write the SAME THING. I feel all theatres belong on here, whos to say which to leave off. Many old palaces survived because they were porno for many years.

longislandmovies on February 17, 2005 at 8:43 pm

Sounds like a UA theater to me/

MagicLantern on February 17, 2005 at 7:53 pm

Of course we don’t judge! We’re theatre nerds. We have no place to judge!

longislandmovies on February 17, 2005 at 6:43 pm

tomscott a theater is a theater we do not judge

deleted user
[Deleted] on February 17, 2005 at 6:28 pm

This so called theatre is nothing more than a place for lewd sex acts to take place. It should not be listed on this site.