Ramrod Theatre

210 W. 49th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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Previous Names: 49th Street Burlesk, Ramrod Male Theatre

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Ramrod Theatre

One of serveral gay male porn cinemas which operated in the mid-1970’s in central Manhattan.

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Also showed films as the 49th Street Burlesk in 1974-75 before becoming the Ramrod.

Season’s Greetings from the Ramrod: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=SudLAAAAIBAJ&sjid=SowDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1893%2C9796341

BabyVince on July 4, 2015 at 5:52 pm

I used to strip at the Ramrod in the late 70’s 78-80)….I went by Vince, the Baby of the Ramrod, as I looked younger than my 19 years at the time. They were some wild shows, especially the “Love Teams” at the end of the strip shows, which were basically 2 guys performing oral on stage. Great Times!

dickneeds111 on August 31, 2015 at 11:47 am

Ron. Here are some of the Boston porns that you did not mention. Pussycat(Stuart st.) Pussycat West End(E.M. loews West End). Trans-Lux, Mayflower(Modern), the Center, the Pilgrim(sometimes), the Publix(Sometimes) South Station 1&2and the aRT 1&2 ACROSS FROM THE sAXON. There were many others that were here today and gone next week.

davidcoppock on August 9, 2019 at 1:55 am

Is there any adult movie theatres left in New York(open or closed), city or state?

robboehm on August 9, 2019 at 6:51 am

If you get out your magnifying glass you can barely see the small Ramrod signage on the photo which I’ve uploaded.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 10, 2019 at 12:57 pm

In NYC there are two traditional movie theaters showing porn, the Cinema Kings Highway in Brooklyn and the Fair in East Elmhurst, Queens. Of course there are dozens of adult video stores that present movies in various formats and seating plans…

bigjoe59 on September 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm


its may not be too surprising but I believe all the gay theaters in San Francisco have closed as well. i bet it has as much to do with the effect of the home video market as real estate value.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on September 11, 2019 at 7:30 am

And fear of catching some sexually transmitted disease!

bigjoe59 on September 11, 2019 at 11:27 am


to Comfortably Cool- with all the gay clubs and cruising spots still left in Manhattan I doubt the fear of contracting x,y or z is a major contributing factor to Manhattan losing its gay theaters. I bet the home video market was a much bigger factor in the loss of theaters.

bigjoe59 on October 17, 2020 at 3:33 pm


I just watched the new Netflix film of The Boys in the Band which uses the cast from the 2018 Tony winning revival. the character of Cowboy in the 2018 revival and the Netflix film is played by Charlie Carver. this reminded me of Robert La Tourneaux who played Cowboy in the original long running Off-Bway production and the 1970 film version. in 1978? He did a live strip show here. he was great but it was sad he was so typecast by the character of Cowboy that his career stalled.

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