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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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 7, 2005 at 5:17 am

I’ve never been to one of these places, but it sounds like the movies are an afterthought — nobody’s attending it to actually watch the film. If the establishment never showed anything else during its history, I’m dubious about whether it belongs here.

Boston had two or three porno-only houses that I could have listed, but I didn’t, for this reason.

Bway
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
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
Rodney on March 17, 2007 at 1:38 pm

Interesting observations!

Bway
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
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.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 14, 2011 at 8:04 am

I would hardly dignify this as a “theatre.” It was more of a “dive” converted from retail or dining space, and on the south side of 49th Street, a few steps west of Broadway. The Colony Music Store is on the NW corner of Broadway & 49th, with doors on both streets. You can’t see the site of the Ramrod in the current Google Maps view fixed on the Colony.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez 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: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=SudLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=SowDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1893%2C9796341

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