Rendezvous Cinema

149 West 54th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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The Rendezvous Cinema was a latecomer to the mini cinema boom that exploded in the midtown area of Manhattan around 1969/70. The cinema opened in 1978 just a few doors to the west of the Ziegfeld Theatre in the former location of a jazz nightclub called the Half Note (which had been a noted downtown night spot that relocated to West 54th Street in 1972).

The Rendezvous ran first-run porn on a grind from 10AM till 2AM (with even later hours on Fridays and Saturdays). The cinema showed up in ads and in movie time clocks in the NY Post into the early 1980’s.

A precise closing date for the Rendezvous is not known at this time, however, the building and many adjoining parcels (including several of the block’s old jazz night spots like Eddie Condon’s and Jimmy Ryan’s) were demolished in 1987 to make way for the enormous Rihga Royal Hotel.

Contributed by Ed Solero

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 10, 2007 at 11:00 pm

At the bottom of this NY Post ad from 12/11/1980, there is an ad for the X-rated “Sweet Paradise” day-and-dating at the Rendezvous and several other porn theatres around town.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on September 5, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Ed, thanks for adding this historic venue.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 6, 2011 at 11:23 am

I aim to please, Al! I know Warren was happy to see this one finally included. Seems the Google Street View is hopelessly broken when it comes to this stretch of W. 54th Street. Even in a new browser, when you go to street view on the block, it brings you to W. 44th Street.

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