Tom Kat Theatre

181 Ellis Street,
San Francisco, CA 94102

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One of many gay porn theatres operating in the city in the 1970-1977 era. The Tom Kat Theatre was opened on February 12, 1969.

Today, the Parc 55 Hotel now sits on this entire block.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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seymourcox on May 2, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Wonder if the Tom Kat and Spartan were one and the same cinema? If I remember correctly, the auditorium of the Spartan exited onto Ellis, and would have been at the above address. The cruise area behind the screen could have once served as a lobby.

seymourcox on May 3, 2011 at 3:52 pm

150 Mason would be just around the corner from 181 Ellis. So I still suspect that these two cinemas may have been the same, with different lobby locations.

rivest266 on August 11, 2018 at 4:43 pm

The first ad for this appeared on April 16th, 1970. It can be found in the photo section.

KayaƖzkaracalar on October 11, 2018 at 7:18 pm

Tom Kat of SF had opened on Feb.12, 1969. btw, I can’t see a cinematreasures entry for Pink Kat on 150 Mason St at Ellis, which had opened the year before. Both were Habib Carouba’s theatres.

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