Show Palace Theatre

670 Eighth Avenue,
New York, NY 10036

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Show Palace Theatre

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Located on the East side of Eighth Avenue, between 42nd Street and 43rd Street. The Show Palace Theatre possibly opened in the late-1970’s as it is not listed in 1976 but is listed in November 1980 as an ‘All Male’ movie theatre.

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 18, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Looking at the street view, it was a couple of storefronts to the left of the subway entrance. I guess it may have been closer to 43rd Street then I recall. I redirected the street view towards that part of the block.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm

The comedy club section of Show World is now Times Scare, a year-round haunted house and horror theme bar.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 18, 2011 at 1:51 pm

An old argument, Tinseltoes, that has some merit, but was ultimately settled long ago by the administrators of this site. You could level the same sort of criticism towards some of the shoddy strip-mall mutliplexes slapped together in the ‘70’s and '80’s that ran mainstream fare – or even those old Nickelodeons that were the precursors to modern cinema 100 years ago. Regardless of any one of our individual feelings about establishments such as the Show Palace, they have found a home here at Cinema Treasures and have been welcomed by a number of members. There are plenty of pages devoted to the grand palaces like the Roxy Theatre, Radio City Music Hall and the Paramount Theatre to serve folks who object to CT’s liberal submission eligibility policies.

jasonfury on November 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I immortalized the fabulous Show Palace in my best-selling novel, The Rope Above, the Bed Below, writing as ‘Jason Fury.’ I’ve mentioned it many times in my other novels. This was my favorite gay hangout during its heyday and I watched its downfall after the big AIDS scare of the l980s. I loved its unbridled hedonistic vibes, it’s out-and-out enjoyment of nudity, sex, etc. When it shut down, it definitely marked an end to NYC’s reign as the leader of gay pride and gay fun.

PatB on February 8, 2013 at 9:03 pm

I just found out about this after finding the 1 about the gaiety. I have some memories about this place. I remember 1 man died of a heart attack there. (Its not the last place I’d wanna be.) The 1 good thing about this place was it was stag place, unlike the gaiety. I think it was different reasons it closed. I think everything on that sidewalk had to go. I passed by there last Oct. right before the hurricane. I see the entrance to where s.p. was is now a pretzel store. I wonder if the owners also owned that Eros place. I don’t know how that place stayed in business.

GeorgeCheeksSr on October 10, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Does ANYONE remember the name of the two theaters across the street next to Show World? I know there was at least one (I think two) adult theaters next to Show World on 8th ave between 42nd & 43rd Sts back in the 80’s. Any help? Are they on this site?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 11, 2014 at 9:17 am

I don’t recall theaters immediately adjacent to Show World, GeorgeCheeksSr. Up along Eighth Avenue about a block up was the Cameo (which became the Playpen), and further up from there at 47th Street was the Hollywood Twin, and then the Adonis further still, around 50th Street. All of these were on the same side of Eighth Ave as the Show World, but not on the same block.

Aside from the theaters, I remember tons of bars, cabarets, novelty stores, peep shops, and adult book shops. Possible you may be thinking of some cabarets, where they may have had live sex shows on stage? They probably featured marquees above the entrance, like the cinemas did.

Unless you’re thinking of the Venus, Eros, and Capri, theaters, which were all on the same block between 45th and 46th Streets, but on the other Eighth Ave – same side as Show Palace.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 12, 2014 at 10:05 am

This site might help.

GeorgeCheeksSr on October 12, 2014 at 3:31 pm

On the Show World side of the street I thought there was at least one theater closer to 43rd st. It didn’t have the big awning/sign that sat out over the sidewalk but I thought for sure there was an adult theater on that block. I must scour the net to see if I can find a picture of the full block during the 80’s. If I can find it (right or wrong) I will post it. I wish there were more pictures of this time or a site like this for adult theaters.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 12, 2014 at 5:13 pm

GeorgeCheeksSr, if you scroll down on that site you will find your answer. Only peep shows co-existed on that block.

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