Adonis Theatre

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The Adonis Male Movie Theater, an all-male adult movie theater, opened at 1273 West 9th Street in 1975. The Adonis Theater advertised itself as “Cleveland’s only gay male movie theater.” Inside, patrons were able to view and purchase gay adult videos, films, and books. A fire forced the Adonis Theater to temporarily close in the winter of 1975. The Adonis reopened in May 1976 following renovations, including the addition of a community bulletin board and a snack bar. The Adonis Theater closed permanently in 1977.

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  • “Adonis Remodels.” High Gear. August 1977. Page 29.
  • “Adonis Reopens.” High Gear. May 1976. Page 13.
  • Nosek, John, and Leon Stevens. “Gay Community 1970s.” Encyclopedia of Cleveland History.
  • “The Adonis Theatre.” High Gear. April 1975. Page 10.
1273 W 9th St, Cleveland, OH 44113

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