David Cinema

236 W. 54th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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David Cinema

One of several gay male porn cinemas operating in the mid-1970’s in this central part of New York City. This, the 2nd David Theatre, opened around 1978.

In 2012, it is occupied by a bar & restaurant known as The Three Monkeys.

Contributed by KenRoe

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stgcomm on July 21, 2007 at 10:27 am

The sign in Ed Soler’s picture refers to a new building on the esat side of 8th Avenue between 53rd/54th, for which the land has already been cleared and construction has begun. The site is on the east end of the block and does not affect any of the structures in the photo, none of which are endangered any time in the forseeable future. The hotel on the corner is still in operation, the Divine Bar is still around, and just east of that is the “Studio 54” Theater which also is active. You can search this query in a composite view of Google Maps “260 w. 54th st new york” and see the block. “Studio 54” is just to the right of the construction site, next is a commercial low-rise, then the Divine Bar/ex-David, then the hotel on the corner.

dave-bronx™ on July 21, 2007 at 11:06 am

Wasn’t there a firehouse on the corner of 54th & 8th? Did they knock it down? It wasn’t that old…

woody on May 16, 2009 at 6:30 am

heres a blow up of a previous posting from a higher res scan, still grainy, i was staying in the hotel next door and our room looked down on the roof of the david
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kimberly clark
kimberly clark on April 11, 2010 at 10:15 am

When I was there a few times in the late Seventies it was just called “The 54th St. Theatre. I believe it was on 54th between Broadway and Seventh. The first time I went there they showed a "Premiere” feature starring Al Parker. When the first film was over they brought up lights and introduced Al Parker, the star of the film and had a Q & A session. Everyone was terribly uncomfortable with the lights up and no one really had anything to ask Al other than “How do you get it up if you’re not attracted to your co-star” Al said the co-star of this film was his lover. In the Eighties I used to see all on Castro Street in San Francisco wearing the sandpapered jeans that outlined his huge schong going down one leg of his 501’s, you could see it from a block away. Unfortunaltely, I think he died in the late eights.
The 54th Theatre had a “Behind the screen lounge” which was behind the screen and served as a “back-room” I remember leaving there with a hunky trucker once. Hot very hot! Would love to hear more dirt, I’m on FB

captainern on April 21, 2010 at 8:08 pm

great theater – very buttery popcorn
the old pfizer crowd used to hang out there all the time
last flick i caught there was holly does dallas
i think the 2nd feature was argyle jim

creepy opeator – couldn’t tell what persuasion he/she was

bflonyguy on October 26, 2011 at 3:45 am

To the left of the screen was a tiny metal spiral stairway (about 18" wide — so narrow that you always had to back up or back down if someone was coming toward you) leading to a large upstairs “lounge”, with a darkroom off to the side.

Willburg145 on April 20, 2013 at 2:19 pm

This place was always packed on weekends. But when David Lettermen moved to the newly-refurbished Sullivan Theatre the days were counting down for the New David.

edwilknyc on January 14, 2014 at 6:43 am

Walking by, I remember this theater used to advertise –“Hot & Cold Buffet”. Does anyone remember sampling this? Or the set-up?

GeorgeCheeksSr on December 28, 2015 at 6:03 pm

Why isn’t the actual picture showing as it is in the “photo section”?

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