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    Newark, New Jersey still has TWO PORN Theaters!

    I was doing coverage shooting for a friend who need shots of Newark from a car (similar to It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's opening), he told me as he was driving to get various shots, and he pointed out, among other places two very interesting ones.

    So we're driving and he said make sure you get the Little Theater. I figure this is some Church/Community crap theater, so I ask him somewhat facetiously, what's the Little Theater and he replies "porn theater". I go WTF and he confirms that he is not joking. He then points out a second one that is past the Newark Bears Stadium, the name of that one escapes me, but I think it started with a C.

    Now I wouldn't want to go near those places, for fear of having my throat slit or 1001 other horrors, but I figure some people might know about it nad be interested in it. Actually, depending on their history, Carter may know about them since he grew up in the area and worked in the NYC/NJ area.

    I'll post some pics when I transfer the video.

    EDIT: Not from me but a pic of the Little Theater. Apparently, according to the comments, it used to an art house theater.

    More info
    http://cinematreasures.org/theater/10854/
    One post from 2006. There is also some more recent ones.
    The profile is incorrect - this theatre is anything but closed.
    It is open everyday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Admission costs 8 dollars.

    It is especially crowded on weekends (in the early afternoon).

    While the main screen is showing "straight" XXX, the majority
    of men who visit here clearly have other "activities" in mind.

    Everyone is saying that home video viewing is taking the place of the
    theatre-going experience. However, for the "regulars" who frequent
    places like this, they are obviously no substitute for the real thing.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/23021987@N06/2763790201/
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    Re: Newark, New Jersey still has TWO PORN Theaters!

    The other one is the Cameo

    Here is some info on it

    http://cinematreasures.org/theater/11599/

    I have been in this theater. They are still showing porn movies. Too bad they won't let anyone photograph the place ( I asked). You go up a flight of stairs and make a sharp right. There is a ticket booth with a turnstyle. You pay your $8.00 dollars and push the turnstyle and you are in the 'lobby'. They have 3 television sets: One is tunned to regular television, the to other is showing gay porn (and for some reason it is hidden behind a candy machine), and the third is playing 'straight' porn. On the left hand is the door that leads to the 'gay' porn. It is very dark and it has less than 100 seats.

    There is a lot of sexual activity going on in the theaters. The room showing 'straight' porn is much larger. All in all it is a very tacky place.
    The Little Theater which is located a few blocks before the Cameo is in much better condition.
    posted by cypress on Jul 2, 2005 at 5:18am

    I thought that this type of directory advertising had ended decades ago. I was quite surprised to find it in YESTERDAY's NY Daily News. And not in the Entertainment section, but buried in a corner of the Sports pages at the back of the newspaper:

    posted by Warren G. Harris on Jun 23, 2008 at 8:09am
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    Re: Newark, New Jersey still has TWO PORN Theaters!

    I assume both are video projection, but that's still really cool! Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Newark, New Jersey still has TWO PORN Theaters!

    Quote Originally Posted by John Lyons View Post
    I assume both are video projection, but that's still really cool! Thanks for sharing.
    Sure thing. I would assume that to be the case too, but I found an older link about the Little Theater that was from the 00's, that claimed it played film, with an interview with the owner.

    Here is the excerpt from that CT page

    The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ), Feb 17, 2003 p017
    Theaters no longer hot spots for porn; Videos speed demise of Jersey XXX houses. (NEW JERSEY)
    Byline: ALICIA GREY

    Danny Ganota knows his days of showing pornography on the silver screen are numbered.

    Fewer people have been coming into Ganota's Little Theater on Broad Street in Newark as the proliferation of pornography in videos, DVDs and on the Internet has made going to a XXX theater an anachronistic activity.

    "We're on our last legs. It's all over for us," Ganota said. "A year or two and that's it." .......
    The owners also have had it since the 1970s at least. They even made a picture. Look in the North Jersey segment at the top right corner of the page.
    http://issuu.com/boxoffice/docs/boxoffice_013172/15


    Also I found a anon posting of a person from Montclair trying to setup up a BJ there last year lol.
    http://www.topix.com/forum/news/sex/TCFQ6J99HVNKEMPJ4
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    Re: Newark, New Jersey still has TWO PORN Theaters!

    Makes you wonder how many of these places still exist, although you really can't call them "movie" theaters any longer.

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    Re: Newark, New Jersey still has TWO PORN Theaters!

    Yeah, they're all mostly cruising joints now.

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    Re: Newark, New Jersey still has TWO PORN Theaters!

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Ruhl View Post
    Yeah, they're all mostly cruising joints now.
    Yeah, which makes it funny that they even can still exist, considering that is the reason NYC used to shut down most of the theaters there.

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    Re: Newark, New Jersey still has TWO PORN Theaters!

    I'm not sure why but I find stories about these places fascinating. It's a cool thought that so many of my favorite films from the golden age were once on the bigscreen. A shame I missed out.

    There are three porn "theaters" where I live. Again, using the term "theater" loosely.

    I went to one (which is part of an adult bookstore). I spent some time chatting with the cashier who was friendly. He told me that theater did DVD video projection only. There was a double feature which changed daily and consisted of one straight movie and one gay movie. You could even buy the movies on DVD, as there were copies up at the counter. It was ten bucks to go in, but you could stay as long as you wanted. While we were chatting, several men did come in and give the cashier a ten before heading back to the theater. There was a button somewhere on his desk that he had to push to activate the door leading into the theater. A loud buzzer would go off while the door was opening. I'm not sure why the system was set up this way. It seemed like more of a "head's up" to the people inside the theater that another victim...err, patron was coming in. I asked about going back there to check it out but the guy gave me a "you're naive, it's not what you expect, kid" type lecture. Most of the guys that went back there were easily 65+ and looked pretty sketchy.

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    Re: Newark, New Jersey still has TWO PORN Theaters!

    Quote Originally Posted by JJ Smith View Post
    I'm not sure why but I find stories about these places fascinating. It's a cool thought that so many of my favorite films from the golden age were once on the bigscreen. A shame I missed out.
    That depresses me as well. But, that's why I collect prints and try to screen them in theatres. Kinda my way of trying to relive the past.

    There are three porn "theaters" where I live. Again, using the term "theater" loosely.
    Have you, by chance, any pictures of them or links to articles/listings about them?

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    Re: Newark, New Jersey still has TWO PORN Theaters!

    You have to wonder when the "Little Theater" transitioned from regular to adult fare. The same thing happened in many towns. I recall reading the movie ads for one theater where I grew up, the McCook (Dayton, OH) and noting that the type of movie had changed. One week they were showing BURNT OFFERINGS, the next, NINE LIVES OF A WET PUSSYCAT. Did someone just say,"Well, we can't survive on those films. THESE at least make money."

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    Re: Newark, New Jersey still has TWO PORN Theaters!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Mayer View Post
    You have to wonder when the "Little Theater" transitioned from regular to adult fare. The same thing happened in many towns. I recall reading the movie ads for one theater where I grew up, the McCook (Dayton, OH) and noting that the type of movie had changed. One week they were showing BURNT OFFERINGS, the next, NINE LIVES OF A WET PUSSYCAT. Did someone just say,"Well, we can't survive on those films. THESE at least make money."
    I have nothing to back this up, but I don't see why that isn't the case, it seems not too different than a format shift at a radio station.

    I'm not sure why but I find stories about these places fascinating. It's a cool thought that so many of my favorite films from the golden age were once on the bigscreen. A shame I missed out.
    I'll admit that I find the stories interesting, but I'm not going to pretend for a second that I would have ever gone into one (then or today), I suspect I'd be more of the 8MM loop type of guy.

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    Re: Newark, New Jersey still has TWO PORN Theaters!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian F View Post
    Yeah, which makes it funny that they even can still exist, considering that is the reason NYC used to shut down most of the theaters there.

    Maybe they're 'protected'

    Any small business is worthwhile for money-cleaning purposes. If the cops are leaving these theatres be, they probably have a reason for it

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    Re: Newark, New Jersey still has TWO PORN Theaters!

    True. You have to figure that all the patrons pay in cash too.
    I find it funny that the owners were considering producing their own movie at one time. Perhaps it really was an art house once upon a time. As were many adult theaters.

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