San Francisco – The last remaining male strip club in San Francisco plans to host its last night of entertainment on Sunday, August 19th. Nob Hill Theatre is among just a handful of increasingly rare adult male entertainment venues across the country. San Francisco used to have a second, the Tea Room, which closed two years ago after 35 years of operation.
Nob Hill has been in operation for 50 years, and now its owners want to settle down. Proprietors Larry Hoover, 65, and Gary Luce, 63, will retire to Palm Springs. The owner of the building does not plan to continue using it as an adult entertainment venue. The San Francisco adult venue has been described as a “gay relic teetering on the edge of extinction.” It includes a 50-seat theatre, 20 video booths, two private rooms for dancers and clients, and a private pole-dance lounge.
Relatively few adult male entertainment venues still operate in the US, or even in Canada. One of the nation’s most well-known is Atlanta’s Swinging Richards. Other well-known and popular clubs include Montreal’s Taboo, known for its twink dancers, and Lucky Horseshoe Lounge in Chicago’s Boystown. Charlotte’s Chasers used to include nearly nude dancers and strippers. The club’s dancers even performed lap dances and private dances. But in 1994, new City of Charlotte zoning rules were written in such a way that Chasers could not continue its adult entertainment model. After losing a lawsuit, Chasers transitioned to more fully clothed go-go dancers and added drag entertainment to its line-up. (Q Notes Online – Matt Comer at Goqnotes.com/60812/san-frans-last-male-strip-club-to-close-in-august) [Ed Note: Baltimore’s legendary Club Atlantis closed in 2004 after nearly a quarter century when its owner, John Rock, decided to retire. Efforts to replace it have sadly failed leaving a huge hole in the queer cultural fabric of the city. – JB]
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