Special Pass: Live Show – 1971

Special Pass: Live Show – 1971

And lo in the beginning there were live shows.

Live nude sex shows – in which the stars weren’t fully nude and didn’t actually have sex. But in the early 1970s, in the wake of the sexual revolution, before the advent of widely available explicit sex films exhibited in theaters, live shows sprung up in small smoky backrooms in cities like New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Full nudity was liable to be prosecuted as obscene so participants wore g-strings and sexual activity consisted of carefully choreographed sweaty writhing.

Later on, strip show houses – such as Melody Burlesk and Show World – became more commonplace. In fact, the Rialto Report recently found hand-written employee guidelines penned by Bob Anthony, the manager of the Melody:

Melody Burlesk

In addition, Bob listed the most common ‘gripes’ uttered by the Melody performers:

Melody Burlesk

We also came across Jamie Gillis’ lifetime membership card (plus one guest!) for Show World.

Jamie Gillis

In this installment of The Rialto Report, we share a collection of previously unseen photographs from a 1971 live show.

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  • Posted On: 26th September 2021
  • By: Ashley West
  • Under: Photos

21 Comments

  1. Corey · September 26, 2021 Reply

    The gripes list is GOLD. Pics awesome.

  2. Blaine · September 26, 2021 Reply

    I still have some coins issued by Show World. I think I got them around 83 or 84.

  3. Glenn K. · September 26, 2021 Reply

    I do like the drum set in the background.

    By the early 80s all the clubs — Show World, Green Door, etc. had live unsimulated sex shows. Every now and then the cops would bust one up and hit everyone with a lewd and lascivious conduct ticket and then wheels were re-greased and the shows would go on. I’d love to read about how this state of affairs evolved some time. I was friends with Susan Walsh, who disappeared in 1996, and hung with her quite a bit during her early Show World career when her partner for the shows was Joey Silvera before he quit for the West Coast.

    • John · January 29, 2022 Reply

      Thank you so much for that info about Susan Walsh. I was fascinated by her story, which I watched several times on the ID channel.

  4. Jeff Robertson · September 26, 2021 Reply

    Awesome Article Keep Up Good work

    • Andrew · September 27, 2021 Reply

      Ill gladly take Jaime Gillis’s lifetime membership card if nobody is using it. 🙂

      • EJ · January 29, 2022 Reply

        I would definitely NOT be Jamie’s guest at the shows. I turned him off meeting him at the annual convention in LV. When I asked him about Serena he got angry and replied, “Who are you? God??” because I knew so much about the industry. I guess he thought I would be so uncool as to bring up his gay work(!!!???). When I asked to take a pic , he grabbed this homely looking chubby faced girl for the photo. I walked away shaking my head and thought to myself, “I wonder if he’s gay?” then quickly put him out of my mind.

        • Norman Gaines · February 28, 2022 Reply

          S’OK, I’ll take your place. I met Jamie at The Capri Cinema on 8th Avenue in Tom and Teddy Kariofilis’ office. I was interviewing him for our mutual Alma Mater, Columbia University’s Spectator newspaper. We were acquaintances after that. He wasn’t necessarily the easiest guy, but neither am I. As for his “gay work”, not exactly sure what that’d be for a bi male like him, but perhaps it was the circumstances. Or not. But “gay”, in the standard sense? Nah.

  5. Ken conforth · September 26, 2021 Reply

    Thanks for the memories .

  6. Greg · September 27, 2021 Reply

    Lifetime pass to the Triple Treat! That’s living.

  7. Orhun · September 27, 2021 Reply

    Incredible stuff, many thanx…

  8. J. Walter Puppybreath · September 28, 2021 Reply

    You consistently amaze, RR!
    Nothing against the performers but, personally, I can’t think of much LESS appealing. If I was lonely, why would I go watch other people having sex? That’s just salt in the wound!

  9. Peter Marra · September 29, 2021 Reply

    Thanks Rialto! Always loved Show World, especially TTT! Hope you can get more photos of those shows. I’d love to see some more Porn Stars that performed there!

    • Philip Cramer · October 14, 2021 Reply

      Peter that material is so hard to find. You can find plenty of photos of the building and marquees. I don’t know if you’re aware of “Something Strange I believe you can find it on YouTube. What’s so great about is they have hundreds of films of all the classic strippers. I just thought you might be interested. Sincerely Philip Cramer

      • Bill · October 14, 2021 Reply

        Philip – do you mean ‘Something Weird Video’????

        There is nothing called Something Strange that delivers this..

    • April Hall · October 16, 2021 Reply

      Thank you as always Peter!

  10. mondocane · October 3, 2021 Reply

    Does anybody know who this couple up above was?

    • J. Walter Puppybreath · October 21, 2021 Reply

      Unknown to me, but those would be great in a photo album: “…and here’s Mom before she got her job at JCPenny”.

  11. Kyle · December 13, 2021 Reply

    And if you ever want some second rate pics of Pleasure Aims, contact Martin on Facebook.! 😂 what a tool.

  12. Norman Gaines · February 28, 2022 Reply

    I’d love to know which week this was the performing act. I was at the SWC a lot, riding on my Press pass, but if I’d known about the formal pass I surely would have pursued that! I still remember candy Barbour and her man having sex on stage – she was one of the very few “star acts” that had sex on stage – and when he didn’t ejaculate, some guy complained. Candy’s man said “You want to come up here and come four times a day on cue?” I always thought that was a good retort.

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