Adonis Cinema

2026 Sansom Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Functions: Movies (Adult)

Previous Names: Sackett Screening Room

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 215.557.9319

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Adonis Cinema

The Sackett Screening Room was opened in January 1974 playing classic movies. It was not a great success and two weeks after opening it switched to screening adult movies. By 1975 it was screening gay adult movies and was renamed Adonis Cinema by 2004. These are still being screened in 2019.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

TheALAN on January 11, 2015 at 8:46 pm

Maybe the absence of details is for the best!

davidplomin on November 16, 2019 at 3:59 pm

I like the understated look, like the recently closed Bijou Theater in Chicago. Unlike the garish neon filled facades of straight porn shops!

RickB on November 17, 2019 at 5:46 am

After he lost his lease on the Aarde Cinema across the street, Barney Sackett set up shop at 2026 Sansom in January 1974, operating as a revival house called the Sackett Screening Room. An Inquirer story said that the theater had 29 seats and no lobby. The 29 seats turned out to be plenty, as two weeks later Sackett announced that he had sold a total of 60 tickets and was switching to porn. He took a couple more shots at revivals later in the year (the Al Jolson musical “Hallelujah, I’m a Bum” seems to have been a favorite) but they didn’t fare any better. The theater was advertising as a gay porn house in 1975-76, and Sackett lasted here at least long enough to complain about business being bad in a 1978 Inquirer story. The Adonis started advertising at this address in 1986.

Brandon Barkley
Brandon Barkley on November 9, 2021 at 10:44 am

nycman: If you’re looking to watch a film, probably not worth the trip. If you’re looking for the other “amenities”, then maybe?

I am going to be staying a few blocks away from here on a trip in early 2022, I may get a few photos of the outside and the closed Roxy across the street. I don’t think I’ll brave entering though.

HowardBHaas on November 9, 2021 at 1:43 pm

Brandon, I was on the block today but did not take a photo of this or the Roxy. The facade of the closed Roxy, which is for sale, looked the same as my last photo in August which I have now added to the Roxy’s page.

nycman on November 16, 2022 at 4:54 pm


Thanks for your reply. I have been desperately searching for adult cinema action. I am only 57 years old. I still have a few more years left to have fun. Where in NYC or NJ can I find a theatre like the Adonis?

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