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: Uncategorized

15 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.

  4. Jeff Robertson · September 26, 2021 Reply

    Awesome Article Keep Up Good work

  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?

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