Paree Adult Cinema and Live Show
753-59 Seventh Avenue,
No one has favorited this theater yet
Perhaps one of the most disreputable establishments of the “Adult Cinema” variety in its very short day, the Paree opened in November, 1970, on Seventh Avenue between 49th and 50th Street on the site where NY theater impresario Earl Carroll had built two eponymous showplaces that operated during the 1920’s and ‘30’s (the second of which was a stunning 2500-seat art deco palace that lasted only a few years before conversion to a restaurant/night club).
The Paree actually opened on the second floor of the office building that housed the Earl Carroll’s entrance and ticket lobby (the Carroll theater itself ran parallel to 50th Street behind this structure) in space that had previously been a pool hall. Admission was $3.00 and patrons were offered a continuous program of hard-core films and live sex acts as well as “massages” at $10.00 per half hour.
When management of Rockefeller Center discovered on the day before Thanksgiving, 1972, that they were the principal landlords of the Paree, they quickly announced that a deal to buy-out the establishment’s lease would be arranged and that the theater would be closed the next day. However, the theater’s operators took advantage of the holiday to sneak in for one last day of business before being closed by workers that Friday.
The operator of the Paree was N. Carroll Mallow, who (according to a 1972 NY Times article about the closing) “also operated the San Francisco sex cinema at 1541 Broadway and the Doll Theater at 719 Seventh Avenue”.
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater