Westworld Cinema

355 West Street,
New York, NY 10014

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Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Westway Cinema, Westworld All Male Entertainment Center

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Westworld Cinema

This West Side porn theatre and store lasted over a decade screening videos before and after the Guiliani crackdown on porn venues.

There may have not been a 35mm projector ever involved in this operation which played mostly gay product.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 10, 2008 at 1:13 pm

I have an advertisement dated November 24, 1980 when it was known as the Westworld All Male Entertainment Center. Open 24 hours. Featuring 4 XXX all male films (new films begin every Monday). A quote from HIM magazine states ‘It’s about time Greenwich Village had it’s own Gay Neighborhood Theatre’.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 21, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Opened in 1978 as the Westway.


Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 22, 2011 at 12:08 pm

If you pan to the right in the streetview, there is a white, 1-story building on the corner of West Street and Clarkson Street. I presume this is the site of the old Westworld cinema. If you zoom in on the signage, there is a white sign on the facade of the building for an establishment called Westworld, advertising what appears to be a 24-hour peep-show (“25 cent” signs flank the name of the business on either side of the sign) noting “1000’s of new adult videos” as well as “magazines & more.” Not sure how old the sign is or how old the street view is, but I wonder if the old Westworld carries on with books, mags and private video booths?

Sailor729 on December 2, 2012 at 4:08 pm

The Original Entrance Was Where The Big Black Sign Is In This Picture. The Corner Was All Boarded. It Was Once An Old Bar…With The Dark Old Bar & Bar Room Accessable From The “Cinema”.I Loved Going There In The 80’s! “FREE JOCK STRAPS TO ALL THOSE WHO CHECK THEIR CLOTHES”! Had A Draw FULL!!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 1, 2013 at 9:06 am

LeonNorman1814: I have added the advertisement in this pages photos section.

jea on April 7, 2014 at 8:47 pm

LeonNorman1814 = It was on the corner of West St and Clarkson. I spent countless hours there in the late 80’s. LOVED playing there, and lived to tell about it. Really miss Westworld – especially the dark “room” off the back hallway. Anyone interested in sharing stories or memories, email me at !

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 22, 2014 at 7:16 am

LeonNorman1814… Try posting it to the Strand Theatre page. The Orleans was carved out of the backstage area of the old Strand, while the main house was twinned to become the RKO Cinerama I and II around the corner on Broadway. Would love to see that pic.

DavidZornig on June 18, 2019 at 7:15 pm

1979 photo added credit & copyright Mark Ivins.

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