Sick Sin at the Storefront (and Other Smut Centers)! 1968-1974

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4-28-72, Albuquerque

Time for another round of random Adult Movie madness! The Adult film scene of 1968 to 1974 went all out to produce some of the sleaziest flicks ever imagined with cheap budgets that were only topped by the ads themselves…that’s if the paper was willing to print them. These advertisements were made as cheap as they can be and sometimes with some jaw-dropping original graphics possibly whipped up by some acne-scarred College Student who  could not win the affection of the snobs, but could whip up some drawing that will do just fine for a small ad.

The Early 70’s were a prime time for what they called Storefront Theaters, those small places where someone took over a disused building or any vacant place (including those in small shopping centers!) for the growing Adult Movie trend. If the building is still standing, it’s a good guess that any of these places are some Mobile Phone shop, Pizza take out, indie computer place (reportedly, the Cinema X in Alamogordo turned into one years after it closed), or office.

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3-2-73, Detroit

For a more extreme example, the Pussycat on Telegraph in Detroit was built at what was a gas station and turned into a theater of focus in the “Anti-Skid Row Ordinance” of November, 1972 which tried to prevent a close group of Adult Theaters in one area, which could be said to have resulted in the Metro Area’s X-Rateds to be scattered about – The decision to close it was overturned by the Court of Appeals making the theater last until about 1981 after years of being part of the Las Vegas Entertainment chain of theaters that included the Atlas (a regular neighborhood theater where The Gore Gore Girls had it’s first run appearance in 1972 when it was changing it’s game).

Don’t go looking for it, it’s an empty lot now, although there’s a Zazz gas station just South of the lot…what comes around goes around!

The reason why I said “and other Smut Centers” is because of the actual theaters that were like the theaters from the 50’s and 60’s that were actual Art cinemas or struggling general theaters that faced the changing climate by joining the Adult Movie scene. The Hi-Land was the Paris for a short while in The 60’s, but was usually known as it’s original name which is short for it’s location in Highland Park.

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10-26-73, Detroit – Possibly the only sighting of an actual ad for The Geek!

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12-27-68, Long Beach – Byron Mabe was fired from Space Thing and returned to the adult movie scene with this. Although it’s loved today by Something Weird Video fans, this savage sickie had a tough time finding playdates, usually in the lower level theaters like the Star on Locust and Ocean. the place might not be listed in Cinema Treasures, but it’s a part of Screen 13’s Skin-ema Memories.

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8-1-69, Long Beach – Swingtime at The Star!

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8-8-69, Long Beach – This ad always makes me think of this…

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7-11-69, Long Beach – Limbo lower now!

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10-11-69, Long Beach

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11-3-73, Alamogordo – Using the ad image for Russ Meyer’s Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! for the Cinema X presentation of Ensenada Hole.

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1-1-71, Albuquerque – Love those names – The Back Door Theater and The Mini-Vue seriously scream out that they were certainly not for the family.

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12-2-72, Toledo – The Las Vegas always brings up childhood memories of passing by it on family shopping trips (it was near where Best was).

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9-4-70, Tuscon – No visuals, just telling like it was.

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12-11-70, Daytona Beach – Don’t let the modern day fool you, the area had a Stag-A-Rama!

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8-19-74, Tyrone, FLA – IN A SHOPPING CENTER!!!  Of course, that’s gone, but the area is now the Tyrone Gardens. Again a place honored by the Screen 13 Skin-ema Memories.

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3-3-72 – Girard, Ohio, while the Cinema One was more of a regular small theater, it’s advertisements fit the bill perfectly, this one using the ad mat for Joe Sarno’s Daddy Darling. It was the Wellman Theater before George Pappas ran it. Kind of wonder what it was showing!

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10-20-71, Warren and Girald OH – The Bantam was an X-Rated that was at a shopping area that’s now seriously long gone. The Plaza also had a Woolworths!

More Later!

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~ by screen13 on July 5, 2016.

2 Responses to “Sick Sin at the Storefront (and Other Smut Centers)! 1968-1974”

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