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Forgot to mention.It was renamed the Playboy Drive In Theater in 1968,but the moniker incurred legal issues from the magazine of the same name and they changed it to the Playtime.
Playtime history final
Not sure when exactly Burchfield took it over from Accord in the 80’s,but in the 90’s the Playtime was running first run general release and has enjoyed some success.However in September of 2007,while working the ticket booth,Burchfiled was shot in the leg during a robbery.He is currently convalescing in his south Florida home and is in the process of selling the property.The last scheduled show is this Saturday, May 31,2008.
Playtime history cont…
It was at this time that they added the second screen behind the flea ,market stalls.The 60’s porn was rather mild by today’s standards,but by the 70’s they were showing Deep Throat,The Devil in Miss Jones and other popular titles.In 1981,hard core was outlawed in Jacksonville and the Playtime showed soft core until 1989 when they began running general release.
Actually the Playtime showed hard core from about the early 70’s to 1981 when hard core was prohibited in Jacksonville.Just prior to that Marilyn Chambers had made an appearance out there and signed autographs for her then new film Insatiable.
The Playtime was built in 1948 but didn’t start running movies until 1952 because blackout laws from the war were still in effect.It was owned by Cecil Cohen and at that time,it was called the Twin Hills Drive In.In 1968 Cohen sold it to Ray Accord in a loose partnership with it’s present owner,Furman “Dempsey” Burchfield.It was renamed the Playboy and showed X rated fare.
There is a picture of the Roxy in Jacksonville,Florida on this site.Just search it.The Roxy was the first theater in the area to show Deep Throat.Troy Powell has some interior shots of the place,been trying to get him to scan and upload them if he will ever get to it.The place had a reputation for being haunted.
I’m looking for pictures of the old 8mm or 16mm peepshow machines from the 70’s porn places.
We had an Eros Theater in Jacksonville back in the 70’s.Never went in there,it was just a little hole inthe wall peepshow place.Doeas anyone have any pictures of the old peepshow machines,the 8mm or 16mm variety from the 70’s?
Oh big time memories here.I remember as a kid in the ‘60’s we used to go see Elvis movies and James Bond movies for 50 cents or 5 RC bottle caps.
I don’t remember this theater when it was open,but I do remember the screen being left up for a long time after it closed.The screen was one of those concrete block screens and it had a CocaCola ad on the back.It was a trailer park for a long time with the screen still there and the projection booth/snack bar had been converted to the leasing office.Not sure when it was demolished,but it’s gone now.It was on Beach Blvd,near the intersection of Penman.
Troy,didn’t you find some old pictures/news clippings of when it opened back in the ‘50’s.Didn’t you tell me that Maralyn Monroe cut the ribbon on it when it opened?At any rate,I worked there too,part time and was really fond of it.I think the last movies I ran there were Blue Thunder on one screen and House of 1000 Pleasures on the other.
I have some super 8 films somewhere that I shot of the place during the daytime just before it was demolished.
Was the Cedar Hills once known as The Lake Shore Theatre then The Lake Shore Art (showing "nudie" films)? Both would be right around the same area (Blanding, Wilson and Cassat) but I can't find anyone who can tell me where the Lake Shore was so I'm assuming it's possible that it became Cedar Hills?
There was the Lake Forrest Theater on Lem Turner as well as a Lake Forrest Drive In near the same area.I don’t remember a Lake Shore Theater,though an old timer told me of a Lake Shore Drive in that existed near that area back in the early 60’s.
I remember the Murray Hill experimenting with soft core porn.
Jacskonville,Florida had an Ellwest Stereo Theater back in the 70’s.It featured a single screen as well as multiple peepshow screens and later they added live shows,where a patron put in quarters or tokens and watched a woman perform nude behind a glass screen.The theater was closed down in 1981 following pressure from anti porn groups and later demolished after it was accidently set on fire by some homeless people.
The Roxy Theater was located on Beaver Street,not Forsythe.It was near the intersection of Beaver and McDuff.I worked there during the Summer of 1977,the haunting stories are true.I experienced the door slams and voices as well as a really freaky thing that happened on my last day.