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Ramrod Theatre

210 West 49th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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One of serveral gay male porn cinemas which operated in the mid-1970’s in central Manhattan.

Contributed by KenRoe

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Bway on June 12, 2006 at 5:52 am

saps, thanks. I would have hated to see the New Amsterdam sujected to that….

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 12, 2006 at 6:18 am

Wow… I’m surprised to see this theater listed here! I suppose that when all is said and done, I come down on the side of the argument that says CT should be an all-inclusive database for theaters of all kinds… If the word “Treasures” in the site'a name ever intended to distinguish those wonderfully ornate palaces from the 1920’s, it quickly lost that connotation when every strip mall twin and sheetrocked multiplex wound up finding a listing here! And while we’re at it, bring on the storefront porn houses too! So, who’s going to add the Pussycat 2 (which I think was located downstairs from the Ramrod on 49th), the Night Shift, the Harem on 42nd Street, the Roxy Twins also on 42nd (both of them), Show Follies on 7th Ave, Show World on 8th Ave? The Doll? The Avon 7? Or, are they already listed? I don’t know much about those places, but I have a number of movie ads from the Post and News in the early ‘80’s I could post on many of those would-be CT pages!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 12, 2006 at 7:39 am

RobertR, Ken Roe and AlAlvarez have all submitted such theaters on this site and, despite the complaints of some on this site, I hope they continue to do so until every little theater in the Times Square area and beyond is listed here! Where else can one go to find out ANY information on those dens of perverse pleasure and iniquity? They may not have been my cup of tea, but one man’s rubbish is another’s treasure. And, if you ask me, the art of movie-exhibition showmanship died with these often squalid little retail-conversion porn pits and the grinds on 42nd Street. New York hasn’t been the same since being scrubbed clean of them in the 1990’s.

kencmcintyre on September 12, 2006 at 9:12 am

I think “Cinema Treasures” is certainly a relative term. A theater where you saw your first film might be a treasure, of course. Imagine that the theater had been demolished for thirty years, and then you come on here and see photos that bring back those childhood memories. In my opinion confining the discourse to the palaces, many of which were demolished before we were born, would satisfy the intent of the original creators but would also be a little dull if the same fifty or a hundred theaters were discussed ad nauseum.

Rodney on March 17, 2007 at 1:38 pm

Interesting observations!

Bway on April 27, 2009 at 8:15 am

I guess so long as it showed “film”, it qualifies although yes, this is certainly stretching it as a cinema “treasure”!

chrisjones on May 21, 2010 at 10:37 am

Was this the theatre featured (quite clearly in one exterior shot) in 1980’s ‘Cruising’? Or was the ‘Ramrod’ shown an alternative venue?I guess it would certainly fit in with the subject matter.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Also showed films as the 49th Street Burlesk in 1974-75 before becoming the Ramrod.

Season’s Greetings from the Ramrod:

BabyVince on July 4, 2015 at 5:52 pm

I used to strip at the Ramrod in the late 70’s 78-80)….I went by Vince, the Baby of the Ramrod, as I looked younger than my 19 years at the time. They were some wild shows, especially the “Love Teams” at the end of the strip shows, which were basically 2 guys performing oral on stage. Great Times!

dickneeds111 on August 31, 2015 at 11:47 am

Ron. Here are some of the Boston porns that you did not mention. Pussycat(Stuart st.) Pussycat West End(E.M. loews West End). Trans-Lux, Mayflower(Modern), the Center, the Pilgrim(sometimes), the Publix(Sometimes) South Station 1&2and the aRT 1&2 ACROSS FROM THE sAXON. There were many others that were here today and gone next week.

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