Show Palace Theatre

670 Eighth Avenue,
New York, NY 10036

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LeonNorman1814
LeonNorman1814 on July 25, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Ed Solero on November 18 2011 post you stated “ I redirected the street view towards that part of the block.”

Do you have the view of that entire block back in that era? There was an Adult video store back in that time that I would love a picture of. It had straight videos upstairs and gay downstairs with booths. That might be where the awning says “Super Video” but I thought it was closer to the 42nd st corner…ANY HELP?

PatB
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.

jasonfury
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.

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.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez 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.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on November 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm

To label this a “theatre” is an insult to the word. Certainly the two-word “Show Palace” tells us all that we ever need to know about this shoddy business enterprise.

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.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Correct, rivoli157. The entrance to Show Palace was almost directly opposite its sister facility, the infamous Show World. Both enterprises (as well as the similarly named Show Follies on Seventh Avenue next to the old Mayfair/DeMille Theatre) were owned by porn entrepenuer Richard Basciano. He also owned a number of smaller porn shops and theatres in the area. I think he may still own the Show World building, a portion of which is now home to an off Broadway facility named the Times Square Arts Center.

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 18, 2011 at 7:59 am

as far as I can tell ,the location for this theatre was on the east side of 8th Ave, almost at the corner of 43rd.
The Westin Hotel is now at that location

woody
woody on May 7, 2009 at 6:03 am

that brings back memories!
here is a high res scan of my previous posting
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woody
woody on September 1, 2008 at 3:03 am

here is a shot taken in 1992, taken in a hurry as it was a rough crowd and didnt want to lose my camera at knife-point
View link

The Show Palace was a complete sleazy hole, you walked up to the first floor to the “box office” and then on into a series of grubby rooms, a couple showing hardcore gay porn on video projection with cheap plastic seats and a strong smell of disinfectant, then there was the main show room with seats around a central stage against a back wall of grubby mirrors, this is where the resident porn stars would bump and grind naked, the audience could touch them but they could not touch other audience members (a big no-no, described as “an insult to the artist” by the doorman)

The Show Palace was immortalised by Marc Almond (Soft Cell) in his song Champagne on his album Tenement Symphony

“takes the subway early afternoon, downtown to eighth avenue, to the show palace theatre, where champagne bares all in a low rent nude revue, in the darkness shadow people, stare at champagne glassy eyed, takes the tips and imitates a smile, waits for the aching to subside” – marc almond

Needless to say the Show Palace was swept away with the redevelopment of 42nd Street in the mid 90’s

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 12, 2008 at 9:06 am

The Astor Hotel had no presence on Eighth Avenue, and was blocks from this location, fronting on Broadway between 44th & 45th Streets. The back of the Astor Hotel was at “Shubert Alley,” which cuts between 44th & 45th and is at least half a block from Eighth Avenue.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on May 12, 2008 at 7:51 am

This link provides some insight into this socially unique “treasure” as well as Show World across the street.

http://dilettantepress.com/BOASNEWYORKSEX.html

The address was once the popular Oyster Restaurant but that may have been a previous building or the 8th Avenue back of the old Astor Hotel.