Fortune Theatre

62 E. Fourth Street,
New York, NY 10003

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Fortune Theatre

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This appears to be an early gay cinema opening sometime in 1969. May be a storefront conversion or a performing space.

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 1, 2006 at 10:14 am

As far as I can tell this location only ran one film, MALE MAGAZINE, in the late sixties for a few weeks and even that appears to have been a gimmick at turning gay porn loops into performance art. The Fortune should probably be delisted here.

verranth1 on February 25, 2008 at 4:01 pm

As far as I know, this was a theatre owned by none other than Andy Warhol in the late sixties. It did indeed show adult fare and had the distinction of having Joe Dallesandro (Warhol Superstar) be a projectionist there as well have a revolving door of male clients who visited Dallesandro during the show.

kencmcintyre on July 17, 2008 at 11:42 pm

Here is a photo taken from Google maps. The white sign says “Theater Rentals”.

poman on June 9, 2009 at 11:16 pm

This was an off-Broadway house called Theatre 62 for a while, but in July of 1967 it made the national news as the Channel One video theater as a showcase for the satirical “Channel One Underground Television” productions that eventually became the 1974 motion picture THE GROOVE TUBE (named after Channel One’s fourth production, a compilation of the best skits from their three previous shows “First Production,” “Second Production,” and “Fugue Tube”). The theater had three 21-inch b&w television sets hanging from the ceiling that showed the Channel One programs on closed-circuit videocassette (usually 90 minutes in length). “The Groove Tube” show became so popular in 1969 that a second theater was added (Theater East at 211 East 60th Street) and soon the Channel One founders – Ken Shapiro & Lane Sarasohn – were franchising the tapes to college campuses and performance spaces across the country. I think Channel One moved out in 1970.

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