Paris Theatre

218 N. Main Street,
Greenville, SC 29601

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CharlieCoates on July 1, 2013 at 10:38 am

Ah, the Paris!

Not really a porn house during my days in Greenville (1963-68), but would show what passed for “erotic” cinema in those days. That meant scenes of topless women and heavy breathing, but not much else. Mostly French.

Double features were the rule. More often than not, the steamier feature would be advertised more visibly (but not too visibly) on the movie page of the Greenville News, with the bottom half of the double bill (usually a mainstream feature) in small print. E.g. MUD HONEY plus 2d feature: Elmer Gantry.

I recall attending a particularly racy double feature, Virgin Spring and Wild Strawberries, both by Ingmar Bergman. Both of these are considered masterpieces of cinema and are not at all erotic. I can’t say for sure that the management was aware of the true nature of these films, but such arty features were not uncommon.

An added plus: great popcorn.

Trolleyguy on February 10, 2013 at 7:28 am

If the address is correct, it appears that the theater building has been replaced by new construction. Status should be demolished.