220 Jones Street,
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This converted storefront opened around 1967 as one of the first theaters in San Francisco that showed hardcore porn. (Numerous other “storefront” theaters would open in the late-1960’s and 1970’s throughout San Francisco and several other cities.) Initially, the program would consist of 16mm silent loops with a record providing musical accompliment, but eventually 16mm full-length features would take off.
In 1968, theater owner Alex DeRenzy exhibited what was the first full-length hard porn feature, a “documentary” called “Pornography in Denmark: A New Approach”. This feature, premiered here, grossed $25,000 in its first week in exhibition (It would eventually gross over $2 million.)
The success of this theater would lead to De Renzy operating other theaters in San Francisco for a time: North Beach Movie(another storefront theater), Presidio (converting this neighborhood art theater into a porn house), Centre (a Market Street second-run house converted into hard porn), and briefly the Regal on Market Street (converting from grindhouse to porn house—he operated it for about a year before the Mitchell Brothers took over—Incidentially, the Mitchells started their O'Farrell Theater after seeing how successful the Screening Room was doing.)
De Renzy, also a prominant pornographic filmmaker between 1967-early-2000’s, would run the Screening Room until the early-1980’s, when it converted to gay porn and later gay live shows under the name of the Campus All-Male Theater. By 1986, it had been renamed Savages Theatre, still screening all-male XXX films
An operator changed the place to a female strip club called Chez Paree, which met some opposition from a pastor who is operating a religious school next door. It now operates as a ‘gentleman’s club’ known as Pink Diamonds.
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