Circus Cinema

1604 Broadway,
New York, NY 10019

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Circus Cinema

Another one of the adult cinemas that once flourished in Times Square. The Circus Cinema opened on March 2, 1971 with “Acts of Love”. It closed in 1996.

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rivoli157 on November 17, 2011 at 10:16 am

The Spotlight Live club is now closed. A few years back an underage party goer was found dead on the roof of the club. She had been murdered by a club employee. Other incidents of violence had occured at the club prior to that. Signage for the club is still up at the now empty site

patrickgenna on May 30, 2013 at 10:25 am

The 1984 movie MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON with Robin Williams has a scene showing this theatre. It seems that 12 years later, the theatre closes?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 5, 2014 at 2:52 pm

I remember being on a high school class trip to the city. We were coming down Broadway and were walking under some scaffolding as we approached this corner. As we emerged into the daylight, what did greet our tender eyes than the marquee of the Circus Cinema, proudly announcing its current attraction: ANAL INTRUDERS.

After our jaws dropped we all starting laughing, and needless to say our catchphrase for the rest of the day, and for some time afterwards, was “Anal Intruders,” which is also to this day my go-to name when I need to make up a porno title.

DavidZornig on September 4, 2015 at 3:08 pm

1984 photo added, photo credit Ghislian Bonneau.

DavidZornig on October 21, 2016 at 5:52 pm

Summer 1984 photo as the World added, photo credit Jacob R Clark.

DavidZornig on March 15, 2018 at 8:02 pm

1971 screen grab from “The French Connection” added.
Circus Cinema on the left.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 8, 2020 at 7:14 pm

I just noticed that there were 652 seats in this theater, which is unusual for a storefront conversion common to many of the porno spots in the area. I wonder if this was this a former theater or nightclub before becoming the Circus Cinema?

robboehm on January 9, 2020 at 7:19 am

Mike, I concur. Always thought it was more than one of the storefronts that popped up. There is a CT contributor who often posts tax photos of a location. Maybe they could find an early one of this location.

DavidZornig on March 14, 2020 at 8:48 pm

1976 photo in below link.

rivest266 on October 8, 2020 at 12:43 am

The Circus adult cinema opened on March 2nd, 1971. Grand opening ad posted.

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