Eros Theatre

732 8th Avenue,
New York, NY 10036

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Functions: Bar, Restaurant

Previous Names: Eros 1 Theatre

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Eros Theatre

Opened in 1962, one of several gay male porn cinemas operating in the Times Square area in the mid-1970’s.

It was a conversion of former retail space, and opened in 1969. It operated under several names over the years.

The Eros Theatre closed in 1997.

Contributed by KenRoe

Recent comments (view all 28 comments)

Vaughn on March 23, 2007 at 11:13 am

We had an Eros Theater in Jacksonville back in the 70’s.Never went in there,it was just a little hole inthe wall peepshow place.Doeas anyone have any pictures of the old peepshow machines,the 8mm or 16mm variety from the 70’s?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 21, 2007 at 8:40 pm

Here’s that same 1991 screengrab from Hollywood90038’s video footage – now that his link no longer works. Thanks for the permission, H.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 21, 2007 at 8:49 pm

BTW, that’s the Capri Theatre’s marquee that can be glimpsed in the foreground of the image above. The Venus Theater is just barely visible behind the Eros. All three were opened between 1968-1969 by Chelly Wilson – who also ran the Cameo and Adonis Theatres on the other side of Eighth Avenue.

kencmcintyre on May 19, 2009 at 10:29 pm

The sign was taken down in 1997:

This was another Times Square place in the early 70s. Not listed on CT, as far as I could tell.

kencmcintyre on February 26, 2010 at 9:40 am

The bar is now called the Playwright Celtic Pub.

pornguy2 on April 3, 2010 at 1:53 am

Mrs. Chelly Wilson owned the Adonis and every other gay movie theater in the 1970s in NYC.

I was in charge of distributing J Brian films, who was the hottest
gay film maker at the time, and talked to Chelly several times.

She was coarse, almost rude, and proved to be a thief, a liar and a cheat at every turn.

The last film we sent her was “Raw Country” contracted for $10,000
and she managed to convince the UPS driver the correct amount was
$1,000 for this small package (2 reels of film) and he gave her the film and took the check.

She laughed at us all the way to the bank and we never did business with her again

Rot in hell Chelly

bardex on June 26, 2010 at 11:49 pm

“Gay porn in the 1970s,” I work with Toby Ross, who was a friend of J. Brian’s. Brian helped him out on REFLECTIONS OF YOUTH and Toby talks about him constantly and still believes he was the best gay filmmaker who ever lived. I’m not sure if you knew Toby or not but he also dealt with Chelly. I’m also very curious who you are. I’d love to chat with you about these movies and your work with Brian.
Email me at if you end up seeing this post.


scott42 on September 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm

hey ken- thats me in the gray camouflage shirt taking the sign down. the wilson sister sold it to me when they closed.

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