Show Palace Theatre

670 8th Avenue,
New York, NY 10036

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Show Palace Theatre

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Located on the East side of 8th Avenue, between W. 42nd Street and W. 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.

The Show Palace Theatre was closed around 1994.

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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. http://galessandrini.blogspot.com/2012/08/42nd-street-in-mid-nineties-in-progress.html

GeorgeCheeksSr
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.

PancakesPlease
PancakesPlease on June 16, 2015 at 8:24 am

Does anybody know when the Show Palace closed?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 16, 2015 at 9:28 am

I think it closed around 1994.

fred1
fred1 on June 16, 2015 at 9:28 am

Its a Halloween theme restaurant nightclub

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 16, 2015 at 9:51 am

There is a bookstore one block up with the Show Palace name now.

ladypearl
ladypearl on February 14, 2016 at 8:24 pm

I loved to go there!! They had some hot men with hot bodies!! I miss the good old days…

jsolo
jsolo on January 22, 2017 at 9:41 am

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