Ramrod Theatre

210 West 49th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on August 21, 2011 at 3:35 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

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 14, 2011 at 5:04 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.

chrisjones
chrisjones on May 21, 2010 at 7:37 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.

Bway
Bway on April 27, 2009 at 5:15 am

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

Rodney
Rodney on March 17, 2007 at 10:38 am

Interesting observations!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 12, 2006 at 6:12 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.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 12, 2006 at 4:39 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.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 12, 2006 at 3:18 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!

Bway
Bway on June 12, 2006 at 2:52 am

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

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 7, 2005 at 3:17 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.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 6, 2005 at 7:00 pm

No porn at the New Amsterdam. Thank God!

Bway
Bway on January 6, 2005 at 4:24 pm

Quote KenRoe:

It is a building that had cinema seats, projectors, film, a screen, and customers who entered…. departing satisfied. To me, thats a cinema.

Heh. Well considering this cinematreasure masterpiece, the customers who entered, departed satisfied in more ways than one.
I agree with “manwithnoname”, I hope they burned the seats afterwards.

In all seriousness, yes, I do feel these “priceless” cinematreasures belong here just as much as much as the true theaters. After all, considering what happened in Times Square in the 70’s, many of the true gem theaters had to go through this fate for a while too (well maybe not gay porn, but regular porn just the same). I think even the New Amsterdam Theater had porn for a while, and now it’s beaautiflly restored and has Disney shows in it….how much more opposite can you get than that!

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on January 6, 2005 at 3:29 pm

The Tomkat is the third one.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on January 6, 2005 at 2:27 pm

I know the Tiki (Los Angeles) and the Front Door (Long Beach) – what’s the third one? It’s always a kick to look through Los Angeles Times issues from the 1970s to see all those theatres listed, and a great, fun challenge to drive by the old addresses and see what happened to them!

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on January 6, 2005 at 2:10 pm

Up and down Hollywood Blvd in the ‘70s there were a number of these storefront places running 16mm film. The only adult theaters left run DVDs and I know of only 3 still operating in L.A. County and none in Orange County. Only the Monica/Pussycat/Tomkat was built as a movie house. The others are about 50 seats each.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on January 6, 2005 at 2:03 pm

Go for it! There’s an equal amount of adult theatres in Southern California that came and went so quickly that no one’s chronicled them anywhere. If we don’t remember them – who shall?

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on January 6, 2005 at 2:00 pm

Yep, I was thinking of adding the 4 or so theaters that have shown film inside Disneyland.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on January 6, 2005 at 12:14 pm

Agree with KenRoe 100% as well. There are multiplexes, converted retail spaces and even more outlandish cinema spaces on this here board. Excluding porn theatres would undercut the credibility of CinemaTreasures itself.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on January 6, 2005 at 11:22 am

As far as I’m concerned, anyplace that exists to present motion pictures of any kind is a cinema. “Treasure” is in the eye of the beholder.
I agree with KenRoe 100%.

When this place closed, however, I doubt there was much market for the seats. :-P

In L.A. we have the Tomkat which used to the the Pussycat until it converted to gay porn. Clever?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 6, 2005 at 11:02 am

It is a building that had cinema seats, projectors, film, a screen, and customers who entered…. departing satisfied. To me, thats a cinema.

I mean…Is a screen set up in a field with a projection booth and concession stand in the middle, but no walls, ceiling or seating…. a cinema? A drive-in cinema type is included on Cinema Treasures, so why not a porn cinema

Hibi
Hibi on January 6, 2005 at 11:01 am

Did it ever show Hollywood movies, or was it created strictly for Porn?

RobertR
RobertR on January 6, 2005 at 10:46 am

It was still a theatre.

Bway
Bway on January 6, 2005 at 10:44 am

Quote:
*Does this really qualify as a “cinema treasure?” *

Well with the “great cinema masterpieces” this place must have seen….

Hibi
Hibi on January 6, 2005 at 10:25 am

LOL! What was the architecture like? Did anyone notice? :)

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 6, 2005 at 10:13 am

Does this really qualify as a “cinema treasure?” To the best of my knowledge, it wasn’t even a theatre, but converted from retail or business space.