Gaiety Burlesk

201 West 46th Street,
New York, NY 10036

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Gaiety Burlesk

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This was one of several gay male adult theatres in the Times Square area and it operated from at least the mid-1970’s until finally closing in March 2005, and was demolished in 2007.

It was formerly known as the Orpheum Dance Palace and had a prime location on the second floor of a building on the northwest corner of Broadway and West 46th Street, across the street from the former Gaiety/Victoria/Embassy 5 Theatre. It became the Kings Cinema, New Paris Cinema, Pussycat Cinema, Pussycat Theatre, present ‘straight’ adult fare before going gay.

The main entrance was on 46th Street up a flight of stairs. I recall going to see movies there in 1976 and during the break in the films, the ‘stars’ of the movie came on stage to meet their ‘fans’.

Advertised as the Gaiety Male Burlesk-‘The Only One in Town’.

Contributed by KenRoe

Recent comments (view all 71 comments)

bigjoe59 on April 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm


1.i went to the Gaiety on a regular enough basis thru out the 30 years it was open. to the best of my knowledge it was never known as the Kings Cinema.

2.also the theater closed the 3rd week of March
2005 not 2006.

jasonfury on November 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I’ve written a great deal about the great Gaiety Burlesque and the Show Palace and the Kings Cinema in my novels of gay erotica, especially in my best-seller, THE ROPE ABOVE, THE BED BELOW, written under my pen name of Jason Fury. The Gaiety had fabulous boys, a type for every taste. The small theater encouraged an intimate vibe with your fellow audience members. The dancers were so close you could see their sweat dripping down their bodies. The music was great because of a superb sound system. If you were down, you felt like jumping up and dancing, esp. if the song was “I Love the NIght Life,” and “Good times,” by Chic. There was never any sexual activity in the audience but the Apollo Lounge—“where boy meets boy”—was a great chance to chat with your favorite dancers and watch them exchange phone numbers (this was before cell phone) with their wealthy admirers. Mayor Guilliani was responsible for shutting this flesh emporium down along withall the other gay meccas that once throbbed non-stop for us admirers and pursuers of hunky go-go boys! And only a few blocks away were the swanky Adonis Cinema and the 55th Street Playhouse—all mentioned in my fiction before the AIDS epidmic destroyed all these pleasure pits.

PatB on February 3, 2013 at 8:20 pm

I read with interest all the comments here and wonder if anyone wondered the same thing I did. How did Denise take being cooped up in that little cubicle all day long. From what I heard, she ran a very tight ship there. It was for different reasons I had to stop going long before it closed but it would’ve ruined it for me when women were allowed there. In fact even Denise ruined it for me even tho she kept a low profile. Jason, I hope to get a copy of your book.

xristo69 on January 16, 2015 at 11:38 am

I was a dancer at the Gaiety 1976 – 1978. Read about my daze and nites of hoofing around NYC clubs until I crashed & burned from D&A: Gaiety, the Gallery, Flamingo, Crisco Disco, the Anvil, Hurrah, Studio 54, Paradise Garage, Ice Palace 57, the World, Sound Factory,… Homo GoGo Man, by Christopher Duquette available now on &

don’t you want to know what went on behind the mylar curtain???

Tony_Brando on March 6, 2015 at 7:40 pm

So, people are still talking about the gaiety theatre – I used to run the shows “high atop Howard Johnsons in beautiful midtown Manhattan.” Haven’t thought about the place in a long time but was thinking of an old friend – Robert B. (forgot his stage name) And yes, I know what went on behind the Mylar curtain. LOL

RMeitzler on March 11, 2015 at 8:45 am

Yes Tony, seems people still are talkin about the Gaiety. I’d love to hear some more stories from you if you’re checking this on the regular… What a cool history this place has!

DavidZornig on October 1, 2015 at 6:17 pm

Mid `70’s photo added to Photos Section. Photo credit Diane Worland.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 5, 2016 at 4:56 pm

A recent search on this site found that at least one of the three rooms that were once the Orpheum Dance Hall showed films as the KINGS, NEW PARIS, and PUSSYCAT CINEMA sometime in the 70’s and 80’s.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 5, 2016 at 5:01 pm

Here is a marquee shot as the Pussycat Cinema.

DavidZornig on October 16, 2017 at 5:59 pm

March 4, 1960 photo added courtesy of Vintage Everyday Facebook page. Marquee behind the Howard Johnson’s.

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