149 W. 54th Street,
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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 W. 54th Street in 1972).
The Rendezvous Cinema ran first-run porn on a grind from 10AM till 2AM (with even later hours on Fridays and Saturdays). The cinema showed up in advertisements and in movie time clocks in the NY Post into the early-1980’s.
A precise closing date for the Rendezvous Cinema 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.
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