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Most of the other strippers who were not performing on stage were sitting naked on customers' laps for tips. A theate admission price gives free access to various themed rooms' live shows within the building, and no alcoholic beverages are served.

During the celebrations for the O'Farrell's 30th anniversary inburlesque star Tempest Storm, by then in her 70s, danced on stage. Strip Club[ edit ] Everything changed for the Mitchell brothers during the second half of the s, when the invention of the videocassette recorder brought about a proliferation of video rental shops. Not easily deterred, the brothers vowed during a press conference to fight back, and hired a young but fierce lawyer named Michael John Kennedy to defend them against the obscenity charges.

But just three weeks after the theater opened, plain-clothed police officers walked in and arrested 25 year-old James Mitchell — still a film student at San Francisco State University — for production and exhibition of obscene material. Some months later the booths' glass was taken down and enabled customer-contact shows.

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The midnight shows were a montage of old films, and live vaudeville-style entertainment provided by the Nickelettes, a chorus line of outrageously funny women ssan would do spunky song-and-dance routines. However the district attorney declined to press charges against Chambers, and a judge refused to issue a critical injunction against the brothers themselves.

Later inJim established the "Artie Fund" to raise money for drug-abuse prevention. A general admission price gives free access to various themed rooms' live shows within the building, and no alcoholic beverages are served. Was it a theater? History[ edit ] The O'Farrell Theatre went through two major phases which reflected a major transition in the Mitchell brothers' business model: first as a movie house to feature their adult films, and later as a cutting-edge strip club which offered customer-contact shows with strippers.

Ina judge ruled in favor of the dancers, declaring the quota system illegal and requiring the O'Farrell to pay any amounts employees could show they paid to fill their quotas, minus any amounts the employer could show the dancers had collected but failed to report. The O'Farrell's main showroom is New York Live, which is a continuous striptease show that has performers doing two song sets on a stage which has theater seating on three sides.

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When Roberts first mentioned the diversion program in court, a frustrated prosecutor exclaimed: "You can't do that! The eponymous Mitchell brothers, Artie and Jimmy, opened the club on July 4,first as a pornography theater and later as a strip club.

The building, at the southeast corner of O'Farrell and Polk, dates from At first it was just film but live shows were later added. And thdatre the darkened Kopenhagen Lounge, customers use flashlights to watch performances by two nude dancers. SFPD raided the venue constantly, a single bust nabbing 14 customers on top of the following: A. Strippers performed three song sets while usually being totally nude for the final song.

Strip Club Everything changed for the Mitchell brothers during the second half of the s, when the invention of the videocassette recorder brought about a proliferation of video rental shops.

Was he released from prison at some point in time though he committed murder? With the conversion of an old Pontiac automobile dealership on O'Farrell and Polk streets, they built a makeshift soundstage for filming and seating for a movie theater to provide them with that opportunity.

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Newton, Hunter S. Kennedy believed that the social value of pornography was that it served as a shield for farell rest of art and literature — meaning that if pornography could not be censored, then other forms of art would be protected as well. The O'Farrell was also ordered to reimburse dancers for required theme-oriented costumes.

The entire exterior west and south faces of the theater are covered with two large murals. Jim Mitchell was sentenced to six years in prison for voluntary manslaughter and released from San Quentin inafter having served half his sentence. The entire exterior west and south faces of the theater are covered with two large murals.

It was not unusual to see cops and politicians getting lap dances from the various women at the O'Farrell. The west wall depicts a fantasy aquatic scene with flying fish, fzrrell and whales with a silhouette of ean San Francisco Bay in the background, and on the south wall is an underwater scene featuring a life-sized pod of whales and dolphins. Inspections and disruptions by the fire department and police were common, but the shows usually continued until three in the morning or later.

The club circawith the Polk-side mural.

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First videocassette profits of the brothers' movies began to drop, and then demand for public adult movie screenings began to plummet because customers could now rent movies for one dollar a night. There's a listing for the building on Loopnet. Kennedy had already started to build a national reputation as resourceful political activist, and would later represent Timothy Leary, Bernardine Dohrn, Cesar Chavez, and Huey Newton. Two of them, Ellen Vickery and Jennifer Bryce, filed a class-action lawsuit against DGI the plaintiffs would ultimately more thanarguing frqncisco the O'Farrell's reclassification of the dancers as independent contractors was unlawful, and that they were owed back wages as well as a refund of the stage fees.

Mostly victorious, they were represented by aggressive counsel. And in the darkened Kopenhagen Lounge, customers use flashlights to watch performances by two nude dancers. Thompson, a longtime friend of the Mitchells and frequent visitor at the club, went there frequently during the summer of as part of his research for a possible book on pornography.