Nob Hill Adult Theatre

729 Bush Street,
San Francisco, CA 94108

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elchubasco on January 19, 2018 at 12:59 pm

Hey Gadfly, did you ever visit the apartment under the Nob Hill Theater? Is it still there? I bought the issue of AD from ebay just to see what you were talking about and it’s amazing. Whatever happened to Clif?

bigjoe59 on April 15, 2014 at 12:51 pm

the 1st time i visited San Francisco was 1980 and the last time was 8? years ago. my point being simple. in the early years they hosted many different types of gay porn stars. boy next door types, Abecrombie & Fitch model types as well studly masculine types. yet in the 8 years since my last visit the only gay porn stars they seem to host are studly masculine types. what gives? isn’t variety the spice of life?

BillyBanks on June 19, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Has anyone been lately? I was masturbating to the live performer ( who was also masturbating) and an Asian woman turned around in the aisle in front of me and staarted watching me. I was very turned off!

BillyBanks on December 8, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Don’t get me wrong I love the theater because of that reason but I go there to be with men only! When I see a woman I really get turned off!

BillyBanks on December 7, 2010 at 5:12 am

The Nob Hill Theater in SF is a gay men’s strip club that allows the strippers and audience to do certain “unmentionable acts to themselves” during the shows. I have seen asian women recently in the theater. It is very odd.

rodneynorth on May 19, 2010 at 1:07 pm

A jazz club? Sounds more like a jizz club!

davidkaye on January 21, 2009 at 4:40 am

As the Club Hangover it was a jazz club that featured many live radio broadcasts and the likes of performers such as Turk Murphy, Muggsy Spanier, Earl Fatha Hines, etc.

As the Nob Hill in the film days (before going to video showings) it featured the best projection of any gay male porn theater. Gay porn auteur, Wakefield Poole (who had a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art a few years ago) showed many of his famous films at the Nob Hill, including “Boys in the Sand”, and “Bijou”

Poole’s 1977 film, “Take One” is actually set in the Nob Hill.

DanielCheng on July 14, 2008 at 5:47 am

I am a gay man from Taiwan
I was in San Francisco in early July
and I ’ve been to the Nob Hill Adult theater twice on July 05th and 10th
I found it a comfortable and friendly and sexy place to go
the staff there are nice and the performers are great
especially I like the dancing boy named “Ka'Hau"
He is VERY VERY cute and sexy
Does anyone knows how to connect with him
Please let me know

David DeCoteau
David DeCoteau on March 4, 2008 at 5:03 pm

If it shows movies then its a cinema

AdoraKiaOra on April 17, 2007 at 7:15 am

Not afraid to say, but i have been here but im dumbfounded as to why its on Cinema Treasures as a cinema!!??!!

gadfly on April 17, 2007 at 5:59 am

The former operator of the Nob Hill, CLif Newman, lived under the actual edifice in a hand-made, couture-ified space that made it into the pages of Architectural Digest, Jan. 1982. Best part… it was announced in the previous issue, which was the Reagan White House issue. Perfect!
The gal that did the interview, Cameron MacKinley, nearly suffered an aneurism as she was led through the all-too functioning theater and ‘arcade’ area behind the screen, where the stairs (behind locked door) accessed the fabulous space below. She conducted one long interview.
David Glomb was the photographer. It looks amazing even now.

sinclair on March 22, 2005 at 6:53 pm

This was a jazz club at one time, called “The Hang Over.”

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 9, 2005 at 9:41 pm

When I was recently in San Francisco, I passed by the Nob Hill Cinema several times, both in day time and after dark. There were always customers entering, so it must be doing ok.

The S.F. Visitor Information Center at Market and Powell St’s has glossy Nob Hill Theatre leaflets on display in their racks. I’m sure only a tolerant city such as San Francisco would allow a gay entertainment venue the shelf space to promote diverse attractions such as this.

Looking at their web site, in programme schedules, it seems that mainly live performances take place during the day time and evening and xxx rated movies are shown last thing in the late evening/early morning.

FoxFan on February 9, 2005 at 7:23 pm

I knew the original owner – it was completely remodeled 4 yrs ago and now an art deco palace. Worth the visit just to see the beautiful transformation.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 9, 2005 at 10:03 am

A sign in the poster frames outside the cinema states that it has been open since 1968.

gorkipk on January 2, 2005 at 10:05 pm

I remember in 1971 the price of a ticket was $5. No way, Jose!
They have stayed in business without my patronage.

I have heard that the place was a cover for illicit sex in the 70’s and 80’s.

scottfavareille on December 29, 2004 at 9:35 am

Nowadays, also has a lot of “live sex shows” as well.

Opened in 1970 and was a primary venue for XXX gay male films. (It was one of the first XXX gay male porn film theaters in San Francisco.) Its origins was a storefront theater.