Monroe Theatre

585 Monroe Avenue,
Rochester, NY 14607

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Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 17, 2012 at 10:47 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
cmbussmann on July 11, 2012 at 9:07 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
kencmcintyre on February 11, 2010 at 3:58 am

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

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on January 27, 2010 at 12:52 am

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
DavidZornig on August 5, 2009 at 9:19 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
DavidZornig on June 17, 2009 at 4:30 am

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!

DonLewis
DonLewis on November 29, 2008 at 2:01 am

Demolition would have been a more dignified end for the Monroe than becoming a drug store………

Don

kschneider
kschneider on November 28, 2008 at 6:18 am

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.

DonLewis
DonLewis on November 17, 2008 at 9:40 pm

I will continue to beleive that at the very least some sort of restoration effort is takng place on the Monroe until someone submits a photo of the vacant lot. tbear’s #2 and my #2 and #3 photos clearly show a clean cut in the brick on the front half of the auditorium rather than having been knocked down. And I cannot see why they would start a complete demolition in the middle of the building.

Also in my #7 photo it is obvious that the green paint job has been almost 50% removed (no small job in itself) and also windows have been removed in the front rather than having been knocked out.

Waiting on a photo….

Don

DonLewis
DonLewis on November 17, 2008 at 7:59 pm

Has the Monroe now been demolished?

Don…

NittyRanks
NittyRanks on November 17, 2008 at 2:45 am

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

DonLewis
DonLewis on November 8, 2008 at 4:03 pm

New life for the Monroe Theater in Rochester? According to some of the previous comments and a friend the Monroe had been completely painted green as recently a July 2008. My images were taken September 24th 2008 and clearly the green is coming off. Notice the the windows have been removed rather than destroyed on the left side and in photo #1/7 the outside brick walls on the front half of the building have an intentional clean vertical cut rather than having been ripped apart. Maybe there is hope for restoration of the building.

DonLewis
DonLewis on November 8, 2008 at 3:29 pm

New life for the Monroe Theater building in Rochester? Seven images taken 9/24/08. #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 and #7.

Ziggy
Ziggy on October 1, 2008 at 5:46 pm

One more reason to never return to Rochester

NittyRanks
NittyRanks on October 1, 2008 at 4:44 am

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
tbear on October 1, 2008 at 3:13 am

more pictures of the Monroe Theatre demolition (taken 9-20-08)
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Abacab
Abacab on September 30, 2008 at 11:17 pm

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

www.rocpic.com

Anybody know the status of the Waring?

NittyRanks
NittyRanks on September 30, 2008 at 2:34 am

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:

http://i34.tinypic.com/2yoa49l.jpg
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Let me know if these don’t come out.
http://i34.tinypic.com/2yoa49l.jpg

tbear
tbear on September 29, 2008 at 10:49 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
cdpete on September 25, 2008 at 2:51 am

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

cdpete
cdpete on September 25, 2008 at 2:50 am

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
tbear on September 25, 2008 at 1:18 am

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
NittyRanks on November 8, 2007 at 3:06 am

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.