Pussycat Theatre

Fourth Avenue and F Street,
San Diego, CA 92101

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ronnie21 on April 22, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Actually “Hardcore” was filmed in 1978. It was released in February of 79..

rivest266 on April 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm

April 3rd, 1968 grand opening ad has been posted here.

JayAllenSanford on June 29, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Located on lower 4th, this was one of the first half dozen Pussycat Theatres opened by Dave Friedman and Dan Sonney. This locale was specifically built as a Pussycat, originally intended to be a 16mm incandescent house and still outfitted with some of that equipment when Vince Miranda and George Tate at Walnut Properties purchased the Pussycat chain in 1968 and began operating this and many other San Diego theaters, most of them general-release cinemas or late night grindhouses.

Open from noon to 5:30 a.m, this Pussycat’s exterior decor was mildly seedy, if era-apropos: faded and cracked faux-bricks, twin poster marquees ringed with flashers and lined in crimson velveteen, lit by flashing red and purple lights, with its ticket booth taking up the outside corner of the entranceway, stationed right there on the precipice of colorful, crazy lower 4th.

One of the early managers (early to mid-70s) was future F Street Bookstore founder Gojko “Greg” Vasic.
Hoping to sweep downtown free of porn blight, the city targeted the adult merchants with eminent domain proceedings intended to condemn the properties, so they could be refitted to suit the resurgent Gaslamp Quarter, whose acreage would be added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The city’s Redevelopment Agency named around 75 businesses and individuals in an eminent domain lawsuit filed December 31, 1979.
The 4th Avenue Pussycat was one of them. The city confiscated the keys in 1981, though Walnut kept operating other downtown theaters as “temporary” Pussycats, until virtually all the company’s San Diego theaters were forced to permanently shut down.

JayAllenSanford on June 29, 2010 at 11:02 am

I worked at the San Diego ‘Cat in the late 70s and early 80s – I just posted MUCH more info and photos at View link

Most of the SD ‘Cat photos are screen shots from the George C. Scott film Hardcore, shot downtown in 1979.