PHOTOS: Even More Amazing Vintage Gay Ads, Then & Now


Okay, so much to unpack here.

First of all, these are awfully high-falutin’ reviews for a dirty movie. “Clarifies fantasy as a natural experience,” good grief. Just tell us how many penises there are.

This bi-coastal exhibition graced the screens at the 55th Street Playhouse (which had a heck of a history, starting life as a stable in 1888 and now serving only as a delivery entrance for a hotel) and Nob Hill Cinema in San Francisco.

You’ll be delighted to learn that the Nob Hill Theater (on Bush Street, if you can believe it) is still very much alive! These days they’re hosting events like “Circle Jerk with a Porn Star.” A friend of ours worked there for a bit as a jizz mopper. They’re good folks.

nob hill

Also of note: a rave review from “Michael’s Thing.” Unclear if this is a publication or dirty euphemism.

“Hand in Hand Films” is no longer the occupant of 1697 Broadway, but you’ll be glad to hear that the building is still is showbiz:

late show

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  • balehead

    Back then the gay’s looked pretty normal…what happened???

  • RomanHans

    I know! Because heteros haven’t changed at all. I don’t know a single straight guy who’d THINK about shaving his chest, and straight women are still mostly feminists who find empowerment through their brains, not their bodies.

  • Deepdow


    ahem, generalizing.

    I like my hairy chest.

    (and you would too :P)

  • mgmchicago

    Hello Queerty Team-
    Your Stoli ads are still slowing page scrolling/viewing to a crawl – for the third week in a row.

  • Kenny1948

    Maybe “Hand in Hand Films” had an office in that building. However the theatre always belonged to CBS. I remember attending a dress rehearsal for the Ed Sullivan Show, back in 1967 and it was a hoot! I had a friend who worked as gopher for the show, he invited me. I met Ed who was a very short, crippled man. He never really portrayed that on screen. That was the reason he had such a stiff posture. Way back in 67, that rehearsal was quite gay. I was surprised that Mr Sullivan was that open minded to what was going on. The Air Force Choir was on that show, and they picked the cutest guys to be in the first row, and camera shots! Also was Lou Rawls who showed up late and demanding. Mr Sullivan told him to take a hike. Couldn’t believe he talked to his guests like that.

  • LadyL

    @Kenny1948: Ah Kenny, I love your memories! I hope you’ll share more of them here.

  • Deepdow


    I agree :)

  • JoeWatchesTV

    The feature length cartoon Gay Purr-ee used to play on TV all the time, I hardly see it anymore. It’s great if you get the chance.

  • rcblue73

    I still own the magazines (After Dark, In Touch, etc.) that the gay and clothing ads appeared in. Oh my…

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