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To my recollection, this was the first Cleveland theatre to run hard-core porn films in the early 70’s. They gradually merged with a XXX bookstore next door to create a 24/7 porn complex by the 80’s. Video viewing booths were set up in the lobby of the original theatre. I used to have one of their T-shirts.
My first exposure to porn in 1965. Slipped by the box office spiv, walked down a LONG lobby, and checked out a soft-core flick staring Preston Sturges Jr.(his father must have been repulsed). Pretty exciting stuff for a Cleveland teenager.
My patronage of this theatre was when they were showing porn in the mid-70’s. It was probably the biggest XXX cinema in the Cleveland area. A nice,roomy main floor and balcony. No forced proximity with gay hook-up types. The flicks were standard fare for porn of the time.I checked out most of the theatres in the area back in that day, and this one may have been the nicest and most comfortable of the bunch.
I checked out a few porn flicks here dating back to the mid-70,s. A few years ago, I went to a screening of the Vincent Gallo film Brown Bunny. The name of the theatre may have changed, but hard-core sex content in(some of)their features was still around.
I checked out most of Boston’s(straight)porn scene in the late 70’s-early 80’s, and this was the atypical one of the bunch. A 60’s era twin screen located in a run-of-the-mill strip mall, it was a world away from the theatres located in the North End and Combat Zone. Crumbling old movie houses and porno seemed to go hand in hand. This setting was somehow too clean and modern. The flicks were standard fare for the time, however. INSIDE JENNIFER WELLES was one fond memory of the place.
I was a patron from the beaver loops of the late 60’s to the porn of the early 70’s through the 90’s. It turned into a gay hook up spot in its later years, but for some of us, it was more than that. It was the sexual revolution projected on the big screen. Things we never imagined we’d see in a theatre. Nowadays, porn sites are just a click away. But back in the day, you would have to drive for miles to get the same kick. RIP Paris Art Theatre.
I first noticed the theatre in the late 70’s when it was a Pussycat cinema. It was easy to spot from the tacky marquee down Causeway St. from the old Boston Garden. I enjoyed porn as well as hockey, so eventually I checked them out. Along with the old North Station Cinema, it created a sort of mini Combat Zone in the North End.
I confess to being a bit of a porn hound when I lived in Boston. North Station Cinema ran straight double features in the early 80’s. Mostly New York-produced flicks, as I recall.