Sansom Cinema

120 S. 13th Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Since at least 1977 (when it is listed in Bob Damron’s Address book), the Sansom Cinema has been a gay porn cinema in the area of Center city (downtown) Philadelphia. The area is often referred to by the gay residents as the ‘gayborhood’. The Sansom Cinema was closed in Fall of 2014.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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kencmcintyre on March 3, 2008 at 12:36 am

I walked by this theater countless times in the early 80s. I remember that it was a small place. I think it had a red marquee, but it’s been a long time.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 6, 2008 at 6:18 am

On 9th March 2008, the Sansom Cinema was given the distinction of being the 20,000th theater to be listed on Cinema Treasures.

kencmcintyre on March 6, 2008 at 9:06 am

That’s impressive. My only question is why the theater is numbered 23,401? 20,000 is the Odeon Sketty. Just wondering if that’s due to entries being added and then deleted.

alps on December 23, 2010 at 8:40 pm

For years this theater had an ad in the Philadelphia Daily News, in the sports section. WHAT’S UP WITH THAT????

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on April 5, 2012 at 10:50 am

Hello all,

I am doing a large-scale research project on adult theatres and would be very interested to hear from anything who either worked at or attended this theatre during its time showing adult films. If you would like to help me out, you can email me at .


TheALAN on March 12, 2014 at 11:53 pm

With no marquee and a nondescript fa├žade, it is possible to walk right pass this small gay porn cinema without even taking notice to it. No stadium seating here but cold drinks are available via a soda machine. This place even offers a mood room, whatever that is. Does anyone know when this place opened and how many seats it has? Also, who was the decorator?

alps on December 8, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Sansom Cinema is now closed, the end of an era.

alps on December 21, 2014 at 8:50 pm

There is now only one Adult Theater in downtown Philadelphia, The Adonis Theater on Samson Street. I believe the Samson’s Atlantic City cousin, is still open.

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