Sophisticate's X Twin Cinemas

13 N. Lewis Avenue,
Tulsa, OK 74104

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Sophisticate’s X Twin Cinemas and Adult News, built inside a former appliance dealership, was open from aproximately 1972 till 1978. This was a twin cinema operation located in the rear section of an adult news stand.

Auditorium A showed straight triple feature porn.

Auditorium B was much more creative by booking features that were geared toward gay audiences. B-side usually presented posing strap beefcake films or nude wrestling loops, mixed in with non porn movies such as John Waters films or obscure camp movies like “What’s the Matter with Helen?”.

After the twin cinemas shut down around 1975 the space was converted into arcade video booths and the business was renamed Sophisticate’s X Arcade and Adult Book Shop, which continued in operation for another three years before it was shut down by law enforcement.

The auditorium spaces have been demolished, but the front of the building has been retained and is in retail use.

Contributed by Myrna Louise Gaylady

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raybradley
raybradley on November 21, 2006 at 5:01 pm

While the front portion of this building (where the adult news stand stood) still stands, the rear area where the cinemas & arcade were located was razed many years ago.
This porn emporium was shut down by the law shortly after glory holes were cut between arcade booths.

seymourcox
seymourcox on November 22, 2006 at 7:49 pm

Auditorium-B was decorated with a red/black checkerboard floor, wide striped red/yellow curtains tuffted into large fan shapes, a black ceiling, and seating for around 100.
As mentioned, this theatre showcased films from beefcake producers; AMG, Apollo, Bruce of L.A., and Spectrum. Occasionally an Andy Warhol flick, or product from some other bold independent, would be the second half of the bill.
At this theatre I saw a shock movie entitled “Johnny Got His Gun”, along with an hour long co-feature of gorgeous nude models striking classic poses. One of these muscle men was Billy Joe Carr who moved with the grace of a wild animal. This guy had to be the best looking male I had ever seen before, or since!
During intermissions, slide shows of 1940’s, 1950’s, & 1960’s body builders, with and without posing straps, were flashed across the screen.
The front book store sold copies of the slides and films shown inside their theatres.

seymourcox
seymourcox on May 7, 2007 at 6:35 pm

From Tulsa County Public Library comes this c1940 snapshot, after the bakery vacated, an appliance store moved in, then Sophisticate’s X utilized this space.
http://www.tulsalibrary.org/JPG/B9292.jpg

Rodney
Rodney on July 4, 2007 at 3:00 pm

Several old queens have informed me that those arcade glory holes were keyhole shaped.

seymourcox
seymourcox on October 31, 2009 at 2:35 am

In auditorium-B, films starring Joe Dallesandro sold a lot of admission tickets, and usually played extended engagements. In particular, Andy Warhol/Paul Morrissey’s “LONESOME COWBOY”, “FLESH”, and “HEAT” were brought back again and again on a triple feature bill.
Following sites illustrate the popularity of Little Joe.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkdWn10GJ7Y
and
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seymourcox
seymourcox on June 6, 2010 at 3:56 pm

These sites feature atypical beefcake film clips;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMhjsxEABJM

seymourcox
seymourcox on July 25, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Here is another fine example of 1950s beefcake footage often shown at this adult cinema,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNKGN5GMw4s

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 4, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Sure it was no great loss to see this one go.

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