Drake Theatre

7566 Melrose Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90046

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Another long gone adult cinema. The Drake Theatre was opened on March 26, 1970, initially screening straight adult movies, it went over to gay male adult movies in around 1975/1976.

In 1977 the Drake Theatre was listed in the Bob Damron Address Book as operating as a gay male adult theatre. It was later known as the Aladdin Theatre, operating into the 1980’s.

After closing it became an adult bookstore & video store, which closed in early-2008.

Contributed by RobertR

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MagicLantern
MagicLantern on June 12, 2005 at 12:16 pm

It’s now Drake’s Books, an adult bookstore.

RobertR
RobertR on June 12, 2005 at 4:33 pm

Ah, I have been here more then once since it’s a bookstore.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 8, 2007 at 6:32 pm

Feature on 9/15/74: “Where Couples Gather”. Advertised as 24 hour theater.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 12, 2007 at 8:28 pm

Here is an LA Times ad from February 1975:
http://tinyurl.com/2nfnbs

David DeCoteau
David DeCoteau on August 12, 2007 at 9:40 pm

This theatre was also called THE ALADDIN and ran gay porn from the 70s into the early 80s

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 21, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Here is a September 1973 ad from the LA Times. Two features plus short subjects. No newsreel or cartoon, though. Proofreading extra:
http://tinyurl.com/2w933a

rivest266
rivest266 on November 3, 2019 at 2:42 pm

The first ad appeared in the LA Times on March 26th, 1970. No display ad bought. Remained opened after the LA Times ad ban of 1977.

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