Gaiety Burlesk

201 West 46th Street,
New York, NY 10036

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PatB
PatB on February 3, 2013 at 10:20 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.

jasonfury
jasonfury on November 14, 2012 at 3:22 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.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on April 21, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Hello-

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.

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Harlequin rehearsal studios was directly next door to the Gaiety, and if you werent paying attention to which entrance you were using, you quickly found out by the pictures on the wall as you went up the stairs!

robboehm
robboehm on October 5, 2011 at 7:37 am

Miss the chicken croquettes at Howard Johnson’s. They were conical shape and had some sort of white sauce on them.

woody
woody on October 10, 2009 at 9:09 am

and here is shot of the whole block including the Howard Johnsons
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/73329909/
just prior to demolition

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on May 1, 2007 at 3:53 pm

Yep this place has gone as has the Howard Johnsons on the same block. The Duffy Theatre that was on the same block but directly on Times Sq has gone also but is now housed in the “Snapple' centre a few blocks up Broadway.I remember you entered The Gaiety up steep stairs right next door to th Broadway theatre- The Lunt-Fontainne. It was an interesting place for New Yorkers and tourists. Very small and in its last years very dirty and run down.The ‘performers’ i saw certainly didnt have their mind on the job and seemed pretty aggressive. Where do guys go know dare i ask?

mujerado
mujerado on March 18, 2007 at 11:39 pm

I was last in the Gaiety in 2004, with my friend who lives back in NJ. The place was about half full. Silence reigned supreme while the boys were stripping, but my friend and I made noise and stuffed bills in the strippers boots—all they had on!—and had a lot of fun. Some of the strippers were just ordinary guys getting a few easy bucks, but a couple of them were really hot and seemed to enjoy showing off. By then there was no j/o, just flaunting of erections, and no touching of the strippers, by order of the “bored” voice over the speakers. I was only ever inside twice, but I’ll remember it as a part of gay history in NYC.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 6, 2006 at 5:02 pm

Here’s another image from Woody’s flickr page dated 12/2005 that follows up the earlier shot of his (1990’s?) that KenRoe posted somewhere above.

Here’s that earlier shot again to avoid having to scroll up.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 4, 2006 at 1:25 pm

Ha! Excellent point, Al. Thanks for pointing that out.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on October 4, 2006 at 1:06 pm

Ed, it was not rare for that double feature to have multiple runs. The theatres owned the prints so they kept bringing them back. It is precisely the lack of consistent distributors that caused Variety to stop tracking the films and the reason for recent claims that DEEP THROAT may have grossed as much as 600 million dollars making it among the highest grossing films of all time. No one can prove it.

THE BIRTH OF A NATION is the other title with a similar dilemma. Both films are politically incorrect so their true effect on history is being denied and erased.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 4, 2006 at 12:45 pm

Wait. Before I get to relaxing… doesn’t the little circle in that ad say “Giant Double Feature”?

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on October 4, 2006 at 12:30 pm

it’s not a double feature – “Miss Jones” is playing at the Avon 7, and “Throat” is at the Love Theatre on 42nd St. I don’t remember that one but that’s what the ad says….

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 4, 2006 at 12:12 pm

Hmmm. Robert… That ad at the bottom for the twin bill of “Deep Throat” and “Devil in Miss Jones” at the Avon 7 just threw my listing of the Frisco Theater for a loop! The Frisco opened just a few doors down the block from the Avon 7 and was purported to have played that double bill continuously for about a decade. I have an image of those titles playing there from 1973 plus newspaper clippings from 1980 and 1982 listing the films still on the Frisco’s grind.

Can you hear me scratching my head?

RobertR
RobertR on October 4, 2006 at 11:06 am

1975 stage & screen show
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irajoel
irajoel on July 24, 2006 at 11:11 am

here are four more photos. The photos are indeed from 1940. The movie Suicide Legion was made in 1937, but since it was British Im sure it was delayed because of the war in Europe. The other film shown is Saturday’s Children which is also 1940, and the parade is a publicity stunt for 20 mule team a 1940 flick.
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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 24, 2006 at 7:57 am

How rude of me… I did mean to say “thanks for the images” all the same, ij.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 24, 2006 at 7:56 am

This is not the same Gaiety. The two images above show the marquee for the Gaiety on Broadway that later became known as the Victoria. However, the one photo of the Globe marquee does show the north west corner of 46th and B'way where the Orpheum Dance Palace occupied the upper floors. The Gaiety Burlesk – whose doors were down 46th Street and would have been out of frame to the left in this shot – did partially occupy the Orpheum space many years after the image was captured.

irajoel
irajoel on July 24, 2006 at 5:30 am

here are three pictures showing The Globe Theatre, The Gaiety and the strand. I’m a bit confused so maybe someone can give some info on these theatres. It seems that a publicity parade for 20 mule train was taking place. In any case these are rare pictures of Times Sq.
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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 12, 2006 at 10:01 am

There’s an ad for the Gaiety if you scroll down the page in the image below from 1982:

Symposium Night! Post 3/8/82

I wonder what the subject of the symposium was? I love all the info they pack into the small ad.

“Live shows! 5 boys 5 times a day!”

I think it also says “Dynamite Marathon with 14 boys and a SPECIAL Duo Treat!” for Fridays and Saturdays.

“FREE snacks and refreshments!” Gadzooks!!!

The intro at the top says this was also known as the Kings Cinema. There was also a Kings XXX male house on the south side of 50th Street between B'way and 8th.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 31, 2005 at 6:51 am

Thanks to ‘woody’ for this never to be seen again shot:
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Lyssa62176
Lyssa62176 on November 1, 2005 at 12:28 pm

Does anyone know anything about 203 West 46th Street? This used to be the location of Harlequin Rehearsal Studios. I’ve searched everywhere online and can’t find anything on it.

One of the staff once told me that the building had once been owned by a theatre family.

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on September 26, 2005 at 11:08 am

It really doesn’t matter what they do with Times Square now. The old Times Sqaure died with the destruction of all the great movie palaces along with the Astor Hotel on Broadway. The theatre district is mainly on the side streets of Broadway with a few exceptions like the Broadway Theatre,Winter Garden Theatre,Marquis Theatre and the Palace Theatre. The plus side to the redevelopment was the restoration and renovation of the 40 legit theatres in the Times Square area. The clean up of Times Sqaure helped the legit theatre business which is thriving helped in large measure by the huge number of tourists who now come to a safer and cleaner Times Sqaure. Its to bad we lost so many historic buildings in the process.brucec

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on September 26, 2005 at 10:46 am

I’ll have to guess that the Duffy Theatre space was a partitioned section from the Gaiety, as it was up the stairs on the right of the HoJos.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 26, 2005 at 9:46 am

The entrance to the Gaiety Burlesk is just off camera to the right, the auditorium side wall is above Howard Johnson’s on this photograph:
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