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.

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PatB on February 9, 2013 at 12:03 am

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 7:29 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 12:17 pm

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 1:05 pm

This site might help.

GeorgeCheeksSr on October 12, 2014 at 6:31 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 8:13 pm

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

PancakesPlease on June 16, 2015 at 11:24 am

Does anybody know when the Show Palace closed?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 16, 2015 at 12:28 pm

I think it closed around 1994.

fred1 on June 16, 2015 at 12:28 pm

Its a Halloween theme restaurant nightclub

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 16, 2015 at 12:51 pm

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

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