Eros Theatre

732 8th Avenue,
New York, NY 10036

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Functions: Bar, Restaurant

Previous Names: Eros 1 Theatre

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Eros Theatre

A conversion of a former retail space, The Eros 1 Theatre was opened in 1969, one of several gay male porn cinemas operating in the Times Square area in the mid-1970’s. It operated under several names over the years.

The Eros Theatre closed in 1997.

Contributed by KenRoe

Recent comments (view all 31 comments)

kencmcintyre on May 19, 2009 at 10:29 pm

The sign was taken down in 1997:

This was another Times Square place in the early 70s. Not listed on CT, as far as I could tell.

kencmcintyre on February 26, 2010 at 9:40 am

The bar is now called the Playwright Celtic Pub.

bardex on June 26, 2010 at 11:49 pm

“Gay porn in the 1970s,” I work with Toby Ross, who was a friend of J. Brian’s. Brian helped him out on REFLECTIONS OF YOUTH and Toby talks about him constantly and still believes he was the best gay filmmaker who ever lived. I’m not sure if you knew Toby or not but he also dealt with Chelly. I’m also very curious who you are. I’d love to chat with you about these movies and your work with Brian.
Email me at if you end up seeing this post.


scott42 on September 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm

hey ken- thats me in the gray camouflage shirt taking the sign down. the wilson sister sold it to me when they closed.

marqueemaven4 on July 15, 2023 at 8:16 pm

There were also a few male strippers that would take to the stage once in a while in between the movies, at least in the early 90s. Downstairs in the basement where the restroom was, there was also one single private room with a door, where one of the dancers would be lying down on a bed, waiting to make a “business deal” with a customer.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 18, 2023 at 10:03 am

The Eros opened in 1969, not 1962. The 35 years farewell on the marquee most likely referred to Chelly Wilson’s porn empire and not this location in particular.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 27, 2024 at 7:44 am

A Chelly Wilson documentary “QUEEN OF THE DEUCE” is now on youtube with a small paywall.

m00se1111 on May 27, 2024 at 9:10 am

looks fun from the trailer! Thanks!

According to page it’s also available for rent on Apple and Amazon

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