Paree Adult Cinema and Live Show

753-59 7th Avenue,
New York, NY 10019

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 26, 2006 at 7:24 pm

No, Al… I thought about that, but found that the San Francisco (whose submission to CT I am working on) was located on Broadway adjacent to the old Astor Theater in the space that used to be the Wax Museum for Ripley’s Believe It or Not! The Frisco was on Seventh Avenue between 48th and 49th, on the same block as the Avon 7th Ave.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 26, 2006 at 6:15 pm

Ed, LM, could the “San Francisco Sex Cinema” (I love that name, by the way) mentioned above be the infamous FRISCO, record holder for their MISS JONES/DEEP THROAT double feature?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 25, 2006 at 5:37 pm

I should add that the Riese Organization continues to operate a number of national chain restaurants to this day.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 25, 2006 at 5:27 pm

A word about the seating capacity. I found a C of O dated February of 1971 showing a capacity of 165 seats for a motion picture theater on the 2nd floor. A bit later in ‘72, another C of O was issed that seperated those 165 seats into 102 for the motion picture theater and 63 for an “eating and drinking place.” Not sure how that all fits together.

Articles in the NY Times published at the time of the theater’s closing indicate that patrons would actually be approached in the darkness of the screening room by women offering their services (the 30-minute massage mentioned above).

Apparently, the managers at Rockefeller Center were made aware that they were the primary landlord for this operation when the Mayor’s Office madde public a list of addresses and property owners where such establishments operated. It was with more than just a little embarrassment that the Center had to announce its plans to buy-out the lease and rid their property of the Paree. The lease arrangement, by the way, was via a complicated trail of subsidiaries and sub-lease agreements. Also involved in the chain was the Riese Brothers Organization, which at the time operated a number of chain eateries.