PORN IN PARIS…  Last porn cinema closing …

The times they are a changen … Porn is no longer – in Paris at least – what it used to be and where it used to be. Once, and not so many years ago, the only place in Paris to find porn was in a porn cinema.  Today, though, porn being only a click […]

Le Beverley Paris’s Last Porno Cinema

The times they are a changen …

Porn is no longer – in Paris at least – what it used to be and where it used to be.

Once, and not so many years ago, the only place in Paris to find porn was in a porn cinema.

 Today, though, porn being only a click away on the cell phone or the PC, there is only one porn cinema left in the French capital. And the bad news is – it is closing down at the end of this month (December 2017)!

Its owner – grey-haired Maurice Laroche,74 – is retiring, and at the time of writing no one has come forward to buy the place from him.

Le Beverley, as the cinema is named, opened in 1970s on a long and narrow street in Paris’s 2nd arrondissement (district).    (Monieur Laroche took it over in 1993.)

The address: No 14 Rue de la Ville-Neuve.

Opening hours were – and so it still is – from noon to the end of the last porn movie, and the cinema is open every day of the week.

As Monsieur Laroche reveals now in the final days of his porn cinema,  once from 1500 to 1600 people had come each week to watch the gyrating on the screen, but today, if 600 come in a week, then it is a fantastic week. A ticket now costs € 12 ($15.3 / £10.50).

Also, once he had taken in around  €300,000 a month. He does not say to what his takings had dropped lately. He has always had – and still has – two employees: one in the ticket office and a technician in the operating booth.

Books can be written – or rather, movies can be made – of who go to a porn cinema …

They are, as Monsieur Laroche says, mostly men, and three-quarters of them over 60 years of age. But among the rest, men as young as 18 and as old as 101 (yes 101) come in. Eighteen, by the way, is the legal age for going to a porn cinema, just as it is the legal age for entering a casino, playing the lottery and buying scratch cards and buying cigarettes, and smoking. At 18 it is also legal to have sex, marry – and to vote.

Monsieur Laroche is also revealing that many of those handing over their €12 for a thrill in the dark Beverley, are regulars. One of the regulars, he says, is a distinguished politician  – un grand homme politique. And I can tell you that I would just love to know who this is.

When one buys one’s ticket one can also buy a box of tissues.

 However, please do not ask me why a box of tissues would be needed.

I can though tell you that as is being reported the men ‘help each other out while watching a film’. And also do not ask me to explain that to you.

As Monsieur Laroche also reveals, a couple had turned up one day with their baby. They told him that the baby was conceived in the Beverley.

When the Beverley opened in 1970 there were 44 cinemas in Paris showing porno, and only porno, but one after the other had closed down.

Some of the cinemas had a prostitute or prostitutes hanging around outside the toilet, but this had never been the case in the Beverley.

Monsieur Laroche endeavoured to keep his cinema of a hundred red leather chairs ‘clean’. Maybe that is what the boxes of tissues are about.

Those who live on Rue de la Ville-Neuve claim to have no problem with a porn cinema ‘next door’.  In fact, all that can be seen outside the cicnema is a neon sign that reads CINEMA.

All that someone walking by would know, is that the place is a cinema.

And for all they know the cinema could be showing … just  the new Harry Potter.

The Cinema.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

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