Nob Hill Theater Owner Has Died

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  1. azdr0710

    azdr0710 "Old Timer"

    found this over at MSS posted by photographer Terry Wade....I also posted this in The Lounge as general news, then realized it's appropriate here, of course

    Nob Hill Theatre SF Owner Shan Sayles Has Died


    My good friend Shan Sayles has passed away. He owned the Nob Hill Theatre is SF CA. Shan died this past Wed Dec 21 in Carmel CA. The Nob Hill was and still is one of the most famous adult cinemas in the world. He rents It out now but owns the building. Shan was quite the theatre showman as he owned many regular movie theatres and select adult male porn cinemas along with girl stripper cinemas around the USA over the years. I first met him in Hollywood many years ago when his 'Paris Adult Cinema' had a fire and he had me shoot photos for the insurance people. What a fun guy he was and very interested in helping save many theatres with his donations to help remodel and keep them open. Ran the old Park Theatre in LA were Pat Rocco ran his 16mm films and even produced some of his own 16mm loop male videos in the 70's. One story he told me about was when Bob Mizer from AMG came by in the 70's to drop 16mm films off at the Paris Cinema on Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood one of Bob's little chimps came with him each week and the little monkey got loose out of the managers office and went into the dark cinema during a crowded Sat matinee. . A old man screamed after a hairy guy he thought was touching him in the dark on the seat next to him. It took almost 1 hour to capture the monkey that afternoon. Shan ran next door to a store and got some bananas. Shan was a member of THS the Theatre Historical Society and we loved to tour classic movie theatres together all over the USA some open and many closed. MR Sayles also ran the Century Theatre in LA. My family also ran some movie theatres and we had some fun stories to talk about. I will miss Shan and I don't know at this time what will happen to our famous Nob Hill Theatre in San Francisco CA. My condolences to his good friend John. There will never be another theatre owner and manager like Shan,, May he rest in peace in the big movie theatre in the heavens. Terry
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  2. sniper

    sniper Lord

    Damn, that's a shame. How old was he? I wonder how much longer the Nob Hill will be open. I can't imagine in the current SF real estate market that whoever gets it will keep it as is.
  3. shoparound

    shoparound Apprentice

    I wonder that as well. Nob Hill theatre always seems empty when I walk pass it. Although from their advertisements it seems like there's still business.
  4. azdr0710

    azdr0710 "Old Timer"

    the paragraph above does say Sayles only owned the building and the business, evidently, is separately, maybe, this means the business will continue until Sayles's estate is settled (at least a few months??)....
  5. Kurtis Wolfe

    Kurtis Wolfe Knight

    The building was only owned by Shan Sayles and was actually placed into a living trust in 1998. The current owners / managers of the business have been in control of it for a long while and actually live in an apartment in the same building. I am only assuming that they will now be the owners of the building as part of the trust.
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  6. tcruiser7

    tcruiser7 Apprentice

    I have fun there when I visit SF. I hope it stays around for a while.
  7. azdr0710

    azdr0710 "Old Timer"

    resurrecting this thread to give a brief report on my first visit to the Nob Hill in San Francisco......

    located only two short blocks from the priceless real estate of Nob Hill (what a difference a very short walk down the hill makes), I found the place to be small, clean, and friendly....I asked how it all works and the helpful, casual desk guy told me all about it.....$20 entry for both the theater and downstairs arcade.....$15, I think, for just the arcade....(prices may vary)....the staff also told me I could leave the premises for a drink or whatever and return without an extra charge (check for a stamp or ticket) was a Monday eve and the entire place was very quiet.....I asked about the recent death of the "owner" and the desk guy told me he had been "part-owner", implying things would go on as normal.....I had a daypack with me and I was able to keep it with me, but they offered to hold it if I wanted

    solo dancers perform for 30-minute sets in the small theater, then a new guy comes on.....I was the only person in the theater area and entered to find a well-built guy stroking his hard-on on stage, disco lights ablaze.....ostensibly, the 30-minute sets are meant to be about ten minutes of stage show and about 20 minutes of mingling in the "crowd" for privates and tips.....but the dancers seem to have free rein over how they manage their time.....all was very casual.....the theater being empty except for me, this first guy with the hard-on pretty quickly came down to my seat and showed off, letting me paw all over.....I tipped him about $10 or $15 for several minutes of private time.....the same routine continued for me through several dudes' sets and other customers came and went, as did I......they apparently very much rely on tips and the liberal nudity/privates policy here seems well worth it compared to other North American clubs with the ubiquitous $20/song policy.....if the theater is busy (with patrons), you may have to make solid eye-contact with the dancer as he mingles (if you want a private) privacy in the theater, but there are a couple rows with extra legroom so you don't have to have the dancer squeeze uncomfortably between you and the row in front.....guys' attitudes and allowances varied, but all was very fun and exceedingly casual.....tip these guys!!

    the downstairs arcade, accessible by going back into the "lobby" from the theater to the stairs, is primarily a cruise-y area, it seems....several video booths, glory holes inside some of them, and dudes walking around.....not being a cruising kinda guy, I dutifully averted my eyes!.....there is also a very dark "Underground" area down there (themed after the London Underground) that one is free to walk through and see what's going on.....nothing much was going on at all, though there were more guys here than in the theater....I presume things get pretty hot down there on busy always, be polite and respectful....move between the theater and arcade as you wish

    there is a Naked Night on Tuesdays for customers and other weekly/monthly events....check the website

    also, there are fairly regular weekend sex shows in the theater (Fri and Sat eves) for a slightly higher fee, often featuring well-known adult-video actors.....the desk staff told me the theater can get fairly full for those (about 80 seats in the theater) is not always updated for the regular daily theater performers, but staff said the sex shows are well-marked on the website......
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2017
  8. Letmeworshipit

    Letmeworshipit Journeyman

    I've been back and forth over the years about this place. On some visits I think it's a huge ripoff and vow never to darken their door again. The next visit I'll have a dancer cum in my face and end up sucking off half the male population of Nob Hill and Twin Peaks. I have had great times in the lower level when things get busy, or even just a tete-a-tete with w handsome well dressed professional with a gorgeous cock who just wants to get drained before going home to the mister. I hope it stays open, for old times sake. The sleazy gay scene of yesterday is getting harder to find on the continent. Latin America and Europe have kept the scene alive which makes a vacation seem like a sexual fantasy fulfilled.
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  9. BigRic

    BigRic Knight

    Nice first-hand report; thanks @azdr0710!