Harem Theater

249 West 42nd Street,
New York, NY 10036

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AlAlvarez on December 29, 2009 at 1:26 am

Good stuff, formerprojectionist.

formerprojectionist on December 28, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Ok, here’s some live footage of the Harem and some of the other theaters on 42nd St that my friend and I shot back in September 1980. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbRVzD71Cno this is part of a longer film, my friend did the music. By the way, my partner and I are currently doing a documentary on the Deuce, and we are very, very interested in interviewing anyone who worked on that street, in particular projectionist, but really anyone who was there in the golden days. We’ve already interviewed Jamie Gillis (male porn star who did live sex shows on the deuce), Joel M. Reed (who directed Bloodsucking Freaks aka Incredible Torture Show) and in January we are interviewing Carter Stevens (Adult Film director) Contact me if you have a story to tell.

AnnetteHeinz on November 10, 2009 at 4:06 pm

Hello fellas. Thanks for putting together these memories. Wish some more of the girls woul find their way here. Love to all, Annette

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 27, 2009 at 4:54 pm

This was the Harem in 1976.

kencmcintyre on June 17, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Here is a June 1971 photo from the NY Daily News:

DavidZornig on May 20, 2009 at 12:58 pm

I am not sure how appetizing “Flame Steaks” would have been, wedged between two XXX buildings. It looks like it even has it’s own mini-marquee.
Not to mention the next door Grocery, Candy, Cold Beer & Cigarettes.
Seems like every hedonistic base was covered, in those four stores.

kencmcintyre on May 20, 2009 at 6:38 am

This was another Harem in the early seventies. Address was 723 Eighth Avenue.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 16, 2009 at 12:16 am

More photos for your collection.

1983 Photo

1986 Photo

boboberg on November 25, 2008 at 10:50 pm

Hey thanks for the 1996 pic, it was a bit of a chore to copy it but I got it. Mark Montgomery

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 25, 2008 at 9:34 pm

Here is another photo from 1996.

revblake on June 16, 2008 at 7:59 am

Matt Weber Rules….

boboberg on May 25, 2008 at 11:58 am

Thank You for the EXCELLENT pics of the Harem Theater. During the summer of 1984 I was homeless in Manhattan and I used to pay $5.00 in the afternoon at the Harem to get in and I would stay all night until they kicked us out at 6:00 am. I have fond memories of the place and I miss the old Times Square area.
Mark Montgomery .com

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 7, 2008 at 10:19 pm

I guess if endangered species were involved in the orgy scenes then PETA would have been protesting the movie. :)

kencmcintyre on April 7, 2008 at 10:06 pm

Not likely. It does takes nerve to advertise that kind of film on your marquee. You’d think PETA would be picketing on a round-the-clock basis.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 7, 2008 at 7:24 pm

Was “Farm Games” a Disney movie?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 7, 2008 at 7:12 pm

That link has also gone to link heaven.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 19, 2007 at 5:41 pm

From the waist up, maybe. But everything below the waist — kaput!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 19, 2007 at 2:53 pm

Assuming the lamp post was not itself relocated… that would place the Yankees Store more or less on the original site of the Harem. Steroids and porn make for a potent combination.

woody on December 19, 2007 at 2:21 pm

rescanned photo at better resolution – shot of the north side of 42nd st in 1996 with all the theatres closed and painted bright colours, the harem still with its marquee
same shot in 2007 with the Regal Ewalk in its place

although if you use the lamp post on the pavement as a guide, the main front of the Regal is to the left of the original site of the Harem

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 6, 2007 at 9:24 pm

Here’s a vidcap from a 1990 clip I found on YouTube.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 1, 2007 at 8:27 pm

Bloop, you always make me smile.

The AMC Empire has a touch of the old Deuce — their revolving sign that says “25” looks like an old peep show “25 cents” sign.

Bloop on August 1, 2007 at 7:21 pm

I’m with you on that. Disney should erect an “adult” replica/ retro theme park, with a strip of vintage Grind Houses! That would be so cool!

Bloop on June 7, 2007 at 4:09 am