Monroe Theatre

585 Monroe Avenue,
Rochester, NY 14607

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DavidZornig on September 2, 2015 at 7:07 pm

Photo added credit Len Laurro.

michaelhook1 on June 10, 2015 at 9:54 am

Saw my first porno at the Monroe – “Sensational Jeanine”. Man was she, uh, “sensational”! :–)

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Matthew Prigge on November 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

cmbussmann on July 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm

While I am sad to read that this place has been demolished, I am also not surprised. I lived around the corner from the Monroe Theatre in the mid-to-late 90’s (when it was Show World) and it was a sketchy place for sure. Got mugged once right out under the marquee! Lots of drug dealers and pimps around too. It was funny to watch respectable Pittsford-looking types ducking in to purchase porn on their lunch breaks. I never went inside even though I was curious about the interior. Would’ve loved to have seen this place in all it’s 70mm glory!

kencmcintyre on February 10, 2010 at 7:58 pm

The Monroe lives on in the map photo. Thank you Googlemobile.

shoeshoe14 on January 26, 2010 at 4:52 pm

I was there on Saturday nite. The top white frieze? is beautiful and although it was misting out, I managed to snap a few pics of the rear and front. It was pretty cool. Parking is now behind the building.

DavidZornig on August 5, 2009 at 1:19 am

Looks good, new windows and all throughout. Shame about the loss of the auditorium though.

To answer Don’s 11/08 question, demolition crews often start their demo in the middle of buildings that are being torn down. Even if surrounding structures are not to be saved.
It is a way in which to contain collateral damage, and it creates a bowl like staging area, in which to bulldoze fallen brick & materials into scoopable piles. It also eliminates “cave-ins”.

When saving partial buildings or surrounding structures is involved, it allows the crews to sort of shave off from the inside, what might otherwise undermine the structural integrity of everything else. By peeling away layers more delicately. It also prevents damage to the neighboring foundations.

DavidZornig on June 16, 2009 at 8:30 pm

Am I the only one who noticed the SNAFU store next door? How fitting for the X rated fare at the Monroe.
Extra credit for the “Dead Head” logo in the store’s window. (cue the rim shot) Doh!

kschneider on November 27, 2008 at 10:18 pm

They are definitely keeping the facade of the building. They cut off the auditorium, and they have now built a new cement block wall at the back end of what is left of the theater. The paint has all been stripped from the front now. Workers are currently working on the foundation for the Rite Aid drugstore.

NittyRanks on November 16, 2008 at 6:45 pm

It makes no sense? Why could they have just let the building alone like it was? Unbelievable.

Ziggy on October 1, 2008 at 9:46 am

One more reason to never return to Rochester

NittyRanks on September 30, 2008 at 8:44 pm

Its so sad to look at these pics. Again Rochester tears down things like they did with the RKO and old train terminal. I can’t believe it is allowed to happen. People don’t appreciate anything.

tbear on September 30, 2008 at 7:13 pm

more pictures of the Monroe Theatre demolition (taken 9-20-08)
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Abacab on September 30, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Here is a live camera link to the front of the Monroe.

Anybody know the status of the Waring?

NittyRanks on September 29, 2008 at 6:34 pm

Guys I took some pictures today before work but I did not get the best shots because the construction workers were digging up what appeared to be cement. The auditorium has been ripped off and you can see the projection room. It is pretty sad this was allowed to happen:

Let me know if these don’t come out.

tbear on September 29, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Answer to Lost Memory: The auditorium is effectively gone. The front of the theatre and the rear-most part of the auditorium structure were saved for ultimate conversion to retail and/or housing and/or office space.

I intend to upload some pictures but “Cinema Treasures” is overhauling their site as I understand it and can’t at this time.

cdpete on September 24, 2008 at 6:51 pm

Thanks to tbear and Lost Memory for the postings – I will be posting the pics by this weekend.

cdpete on September 24, 2008 at 6:50 pm

I am devastated – within minutes of tbear’s posting, I went out (at night) to photograph the site.

The curved Cinerama screen with its purple curtain, the old stage (where kids competed for prizes at the Saturday matinees), the six track stereophonic speakers are all rubble now – the only thing that is not lost are the memories I have – which I will post later along with photos to my website.

Rochester needs theaters of this size and they tear them down for a Duane Reade that will only be torn down 10 years from now. How tragic.

tbear on September 24, 2008 at 5:18 pm

As off 9/24/08 the rear 2/3 of the building (the auditorium portion) is being torn-down. Rochester has now succeeded in ridding itself of all its sizable movie theatres – what a shame! I’ll post some pictures at a later date.

NittyRanks on November 7, 2007 at 7:06 pm

Yeah well I am surprised The Monroe Theatre could not be saved. Rochester can be it’s own enemy sometimes. Louie’s building is up for sale.

Scub81 on November 7, 2007 at 6:55 pm

I too went to Good Counsel and used to go to the Coronet on Friday nights in the summer, mostly to see Bonnie and Clyde and Bullit. It was torn down 2 or 3 years ago and now its just an empty lot.Louie’s and Paul’s are gone as is everyhting else of value in the 19th ward.

cdpete on July 19, 2007 at 4:55 am

and sadly the theater will be torn down for a drug store – this is really heartbreaking since so many people in Rochester claim they need a 500-700 seat theater for performance –
Here is a link to the story and another photo of the building –

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