“Teas” Time – A Screen History of The Immoral Mr. Teas, Part One

7-1-59, San Francisco – Russ Meyer’s The Immoral Mr. Teas plays the Centre Theater in San Francisco, a business that changed into an Adult Theater due to reportedly not being able to play the major trend of Cinemascope wider screen films although one can also say due to the big business Adults Only films were back in the day before Cable, VHS, and everything else after that.

Taking influence from Jimmy McDonough’s book Big Bosoms and Square Jaws that mentioned it’s 20 Minute Opening Day showing at the Balboa Theater in Can Diego on 5-27-59 that was thrown off the screen and kept quiet about, The Scene decided to go into Sin-ema’s past and see where it played up to it’s showing at the legendary Monica in LA in 1960. This is part of this blog’s Thank You to the historian for asking me to contribute images to The Ghastly One about Staten Island Exploitation legend Andy Milligan that will continue in another post focusing on the book. More later, although I’m sure this will be a good way to start this series.

6-30-59, Miami – “The Escapades of Mr. Teas” plays at the Variety, later to be the Paris in 1961 and in business through the Porn era. This led a successful run for weeks.

8-8-59, Ft. Lauderdale – The Immoral Mr. Teas plays the State in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale, a theater possibly demoed to make way for the Las Olas Riverfront Entertainment, Dining, and Shopping Center including the Las Olas Cinemas (RIP 2013).

8-25-59, Ft. Lauderdale – Showing with Lady Takes a Flyer with Lana Turner at the State. A very funny ad.


9-30-59, Oakland – Teas plays the Moulin Rouge, screen to many a cult classic.

1-22-60, Los Angeles – It’s showing at the Monica International was a hit that proved that this movie will not leave any time soon. More research is happening on this title, but it’s best to stop this post now before I get too in depth and lose sight of the real world. The theater is better known as either just the Monica, Pussycat, or Studs at the Pussycat and is a legend in Adults Only movie history.

~ by screen13 on July 24, 2020.

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