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The Newberry Theater was my first time going to an adult xxx rated movie theater. I don’t remember if the movie was displayed on the outside as a gay movie. But once I was inside, wow, there was no question about what was being shown. I took a seat toward the back of the theater. I was followed by a stranger who sat next to me. The guy wasted no time grabbing my knee. I jumped up and moved, but was followed by another guy who sat in front of me. And then an arm reached over the seat and tried to make contact. I moved again and was not sure if what to make of what i was experiencing. I finally must have made my intentions clear, I came for the movie, period! And what a movie it was playing, called “Yellow Zonkers.” It’s actors consisted of a very slender young male and six older guys who took turns, ( three at a time ) having sex with the young guy. I was a little in shock and then another guy approached me. Was I in a theater, or a sex club? But I don’t remember seeing any sex action in the theater. I felt like a hot piece of meat. I again brushed off the advances and got real uncomfortable to see a Chicago Police officer standing in the theaters door, was he watching for action or the movie? I then left the Newberry feeling very guilty. Does anyone know if those xxx movies are available to purchase from that period. The movie Yellow Zonkers movie is the one movie that played a special part in my life, wink, wink.
I have so many fond memories of the Tower Theater. i have not realized just how luck I personally am to have been a regular patron of the movie theater known as the Tower Fine Arts Theater. I would go to the theater when there was an “adults only” sign at the ticket booth. I was under aged at the time the theater started showing adult movies. It was fun to see if i could convince the ticket seller of my age. From the time I was fourteen to eighteen year old I only was not sold an admission a half dozen times. My weekly visits kept the place open all those years, LOL. The theater was never crowded, i would say only ten people were in the theater on any given night I attended. To bad city leaders let the neighborhood slip into disrepair. I will cherish my memories of the late 1960’s – early 1970’s.
I love the feel of a theater when the marquee sticks out across the sidewalk. It provides the feeling I miss in new movie theaters. It draws ones attention to the location. It makes me want to seek out shelter from the mundane world that is now all around us.