Cinema-X Review:
The Demise (and the complete 1981 issues)

Cinema-X Review: <br />The Demise (and the complete 1981 issues)

Cinema-X Review magazine was launched in January 1980 by four friends long associated with the adult film industry – Bobby Hollander, Bob Genova, Teddy Snyder, and Jason Russell. (The Rialto Report told the story of the magazine’s origins here.)

But after flourishing in the first year, the magazine came to an abrupt end after six issues in 1981.

These final issues include articles and interviews with people like Marlene Willoughby, Sue Nero, Kelly Nichols, Phaedra Grant, and Rhonda Jo Petty, reviews of movies such as Fascination, Blue Ecstasy, American Pie, Inside Seka, Randy, The Electric Lady, High School Memories, and much more…

You can find The Rialto Report‘s growing library of digitized resources by clicking ‘Library’ in our site menu.

Check back for more digitized adult film magazine collections soon.

Click on the covers below to access the full magazines. Due to the fact that the magazines are scanned in high definition, allow a little time for each page to load. If you are viewing on a phone, view in landscape orientation.

Magazines are fully searchable; use the icon displayed in each magazine to search by keyword.

Publications are being shared here purely for the purpose of research. They should not to be used or reproduced for any commercial gain.

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Cinema-X Review – The Demise

By 1981, the four founders of Cinema-X Review had added a number of high profile writers to contribute to the monthly magazine – including Vanessa del Rio, Lesllie Bovee, Candida Royalle, and Tina Russell. Each of these contributors was paid $25 to view a newly released film and submit a 500-word review. For a time, the formula worked: the magazine catered to an audience hungry for information about the adult film world, and its combination of star features, film reviews, industry gossip, and salacious ads proved instantly popular.

In truth however, by the second year most of the original ‘group of four’ had lost interest in publishing a magazine in New York when they could be producing adult films in California. Bob Genova, Teddy Snyder, and Jason Russell all jumped ship early in 1981, leaving Bobby Hollander, the driving force behind the creation of the publication, in charge.

Hollander moved the magazine’s main office from New York to California, but delegated much of the magazine’s daily grind to two New Yorkers – sometime adult film director David Davidson and his partner, adult film performer turned publicist Erica Eaton. David and Erica used their contacts to cobble to together enough material for each issue, but the challenge of producing a monthly magazine with input from both coasts took its toll.

By the middle of 1981, the writing was on the wall, and the magazine was sold – with the June 1981 being the last issue. It morphed into Adult Cinema Review, and continued under new management.

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Cinema-X Review: The Complete 1981 Issues

January 1981 (Vol 2, No. 1)
(click on cover to view magazine)

Contents:

Cinema-X Ballgame (1980)
One Way at a Time (1981)
Marlene Willoughby feature
For the Love of Pleasure (1979) (reviewed by Erica Eaton)
Candida Royalle‘s adventures in Sweden
American Pie (1981)
Fascination (1979) (reviewed by David Davidson)

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February 1981 (Vol 2, No. 2)
(click on cover to view magazine)

Contents:

Cinema-X Getting Off (1979)
– Candida Royalle’s diary
Inside Seka (1980) (reviewed by Bobby Hollander)
Kelly Nichols feature
Pink Ladies (1980) (reviewed by David Davidson)
Prisoner of Paradise (1980) (reviewed by Lesllie Bovee)
Vista Valley PTA (1981) (reviewed by Erica Eaton)

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March 1981 (Vol 2, No. 3)
(click on cover to view magazine)

Contents:

Cinema-X Games Women Play (1981) (reviewed by Erica Eaton)
Serena‘s diary
A Scent of Heather (1980) (reviewed by David Davidson)
Rhonda Jo Petty feature
Afternoon Delights (1980) (reviewed by Lesllie Bovee)
Randy, The Electric Lady (1980)
Sissy’s Hot Summer (1979)
Sweet Captive (1979)

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April 1981 (Vol 2, No. 4)
(click on cover to view magazine)

Contents:

Cinema-X Taboo (1980) (reviewed by Lesllie Bovee)
– Candida Royalle’s diary
A Woman’s Dream (1980)
Seka and Desiree Cousteau features
Beyond Your Wildest Dreams (1981)
Champagne for Breakfast (1980)

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May 1981 (Vol 2, No. 5)
(click on cover to view magazine)

Contents:

Cinema-X High School Memories (1981)
A Place Beyond Shame (1980) (reviewed by David Davidson)
Sweet Dreams, Suzan (1980) (reviewed by Lesllie Bovee)
Sue Nero feature
Weekend Fantasies (1980)
The Master and Ms. Johnson (1981)
A Little More Than Love (1977)

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June 1981 (Vol 2, No. 6)
(click on cover to view magazine)

Contents:

Cinema-X Worksex (1981)
Silky (1981)
Young, Wild & Wonderful (1980)
Phaedra Grant feature
Dracula Exotica (reviewed by Erica Eaton)
Blue Ecstasy (1980)
Sunny (reviewed by David Davidson)

 

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  • Posted On: 21st April 2019
  • By: Ashley West
  • Under: Articles

8 Comments

  1. Charlie K. · April 21, 2019

    I’ve never posted a comment on your site before but feel compelled to do so to thank you for you unending contributions to this corner of the history of film. I wish other organizations could have the same dedication, exhaustiveness, and humanity in documenting a subject so accurately and affectionately.

    I hope this continues for a long long time.

  2. Magnus · April 21, 2019

    Looking down the list of people featured in these magazines, I realize just how many people’s stories you have covered…. staggering work. One omission though – – Sue Nero? That would be the icing on the cake.

  3. Bill D · April 21, 2019

    Remember Dorothy LeMay and Tawney Pearl? The days of the grind houses! The Regent in Bay Shore and the Art Cinema in Lake Ronkonkoma!

  4. Richard · April 21, 2019

    Hi Ashley,
    Wonderful work! Wanted to see if you could make a list in the near future, of the living members of the Golden Age?

    So much fake information going around, your audience would love to know?

    Continued great work! From the Great State of Texas…😎

  5. Aaron F. · April 21, 2019

    The Sue Nero issue was great, she will always be one of the best ladies of all time.

  6. Jack · April 21, 2019

    $25 for a 500 word review?
    An all day job for most people for $25?
    Amazing that they folded.

  7. Rik K · April 21, 2019

    Seeing that first issue of Cinema X was like meeting a long-lost old friend! 37 years later, much of it I still remembered. Back in the day, however, I was unable to see the actual films here in Canada. Now I can, thanks to online technology. Your ongoing digitization of these classic magazines is one of the coolest things I’ve ever encountered. Many thanks!

  8. Hans van der Kamp · April 27, 2019

    ‘Bobby Hollander’ – or whatever his real name was – must have been an extremely stingy or selfish man (i expect especially the latter was the case). His films and videos were always made in the most parsimonious way possible, with the result that his productions always looked painfully cheap, thus stripping the last dignity from the actors that he used (with Shauna Grant as the most famous example). I can’t look at his films without feelings of embarrassment and anger about the waste he created in order to make the cheapest buck. Thank God I’m not thinking about Bobby Hollander daily, but the anger hit me suddenly again now that I read that he paid $ 25,- for a 500-word review, which even in 1981 was a pittance.

    Hans.