Rick Nielson Screening Room

210 W. 42nd Street,
New York, NY 10036

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Previous Names: Frisco Gay Theatre, Tomcat Viewing Studio

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Located just to the east of the New Amsterdam Theatre on W. 42nd Street. The Frisco Gay Theatre was operating around 1978. It later became the Tomcat Viewing Studio, and then the Rick Nielson Screening Room.

Now demolished, an entrance to the Times Square 42nd Street Subway station is at this location.

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Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

curmudgeon on November 23, 2013 at 3:10 am

Why was this porn house named after such a wholesome entertainer as Ricky Nelson?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 23, 2013 at 5:55 am

Ha… Curmudgeon, I think the Ricky Nelson appellation came long after this space had seen its prime as a porn house! As a matter of fact, I’d be very interested in knowing if anyone had any sort of information regarding the Ricky Nelson Screening Room! What was the story, there? Do we know a time frame for its operation? I’m assuming sometime in the ‘90’s, after the New Victory and New Amsterdam had re-opened? Certainly, after the Duece’s original movie houses were shuttered.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 23, 2013 at 2:27 pm

The ad I saw in the Village Voice had it listed as ‘RICK’ Nelson, and indeed showing gay porn. Perhaps the name had nothing to do with the famous sixties entertainer but rather whoever was the owner at the time.

Willburg145 on December 22, 2014 at 12:12 am

I recall another Rick Nelson viewing room that was located in one of the bookshops. You had to go to the back and there was a stair to go downstairs. You paid 5 bucks by inserting into a machine and in you went. It was a small viewing room

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 30, 2022 at 12:28 am

If you check the photo section you will find an ad posted by Woody_London that shows this as the Rick “NIELSON”, not “NELSON”. I checked other ads in the Village Voice from 1989 and can confirm they have the same spelling.

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