Last Porn Cinema in Paris – the end of an era

Last Porn Cinema in Paris – the end of an era

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The last pornographic movie theater in Paris just shot his doors. Everything inside – theater seats, posters, speakers, projectors and even the films themselves were put on sale. The decision was made by the owner, Maurice Laroche (75 year old): “Everything is for sale, except me,” he told the AFP. “In the early 1980s, the atmosphere was happy,” Laroche said. “There were 20 porn cinemas between Republic and Opera. The National Film Center had up to 44 screens devoted to X-rated films in the capital in 1976, and there were 110 across France.”

Le Beverley on Rue Saint-Denis was founded in 1960. At the beginning, his name was “Le Bikini”. In the 1980s, only in Paris, there were at least 50 cinemas screening exclusively adult movies. Beverley Theater was screening 35 mm porn movies without interruption until last week (Feb 23). In the 1990s, the small theater sold about 1,500 tickets every week, that number had dropped to 500 recently, at a price of €12, or about $14, apiece, according to a report by Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper. Most of the visitors in the past years were over 60 years of age.
The building housing the Beverley was recently purchased by a property developer keen to convert the space into some sort of business “more in line with the designer hotel and tapas bar up the street,” according to AFP.

In 1975, there were about 900 adult cinemas in France. By the dawn of the home-video era, in 1981, only 90 were still functionning. Now, in the Internet era, the closing of Le Beverley in Paris leaves France with only one place where the spectators can watch porn in a public place, on a big screen, and this is Vox, located in Grenoble.

 

 

 

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