Big Top Theatre

1604 Broadway at 49th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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One of several gay male porn theatres operating in the Times Square area in the mid-1970’s. This was the only one located actually on Broadway.

Advertised as “Broadway’s first and only male showcase! We doze but never close!” It was open 24 hours, served continental breakfast 1am until 11am and had a nightly disco.

It probably later went over to playing ‘straight’ porn before closing, as the clamp-down began on this type of entertainment.

Contributed by KenRoe

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Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on December 27, 2004 at 10:30 pm

The Big Top was ustairs from a straight prono theater called the Circus.

vermonttenor
vermonttenor on January 10, 2007 at 3:04 pm

i remember so clearly being 18 in 1981 and seeing my first gay porn at the Big Top. It was Red Ball Express. Such an eye-opener for me. I remember the 10 dollar admission, putting my valuables in a manila envelope, signing across the seam and placing it in the bulletproof booth… There were about 25 people inside when I entered, some sitting and some milling about in the aisles and behind the screen. Boy they didnt have this back home (still dont).

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 3, 2007 at 1:10 pm

Hey Hollywood90038… I have a photobucket account myself where I’ve posted a bunch of images of NYC movie houses (and some legit theaters as well). I’m a big Times Square enthusiast – having misspent much of my youth in and out of the area cinemas – and have scoured the net for images and such to add to those that I’ve taken on my own. I’d love to snag a few images you have on your site – including the Big Top image you posted July of last year and a pair of photos you have of the Adonis/Cameo on 8th Avenue. I’d give you proper credit in the captions. Actually, it seems I must have already copied one of your Adonis images – which I’d gladly delete if you are not agreeable. No hard feelings whatever if you decline my request.

I’d have contacted you privately, but I saw no email associated with your CT account. Thanks.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 3, 2007 at 1:13 pm

Almost forgot… Here’s a link to my photobucket account if you care to peruse it.

decoteau
decoteau on June 18, 2007 at 1:05 am

Ed-
AMAZING photo bucket collection of theatres! Great job!

Paulj
Paulj on September 22, 2007 at 8:56 pm

I have a poster from the Big Top for “…In the Name of Leather” starring Tharon Davis and directed by Mac Larson from 1982. Found this site researching it. Pretty impression and a great resource.

decoteau
decoteau on March 5, 2008 at 5:57 am

What happened to all the pics in Ed’s photobucket account?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 6, 2008 at 4:44 am

Hey DeCoteau… The photos are all still there. Apparently, the photobucket folks have reorganized the way links to their servers should be established, so I’ll have to start re-linking my photos here on CT – particularly from older posts.

Here’s a Circus Cinema/Big Top image from around 1984.

Here’s a link to the whole album. They changed the way one navigates through the site, so it isn’t quite as easy on the eyes as it used to be. When you open it, you have to navigate using the blue links on the left. My albums are categorized by location (ie NYC borough name) and then by theatre.

decoteau
decoteau on March 11, 2008 at 6:37 am

Thanks Ed. You are the best!

bardex
bardex on June 27, 2010 at 7:35 am

Hollywood90038, could you please repost your 70’s pic? The link is dead.

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