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Bye-bye Beverley: End Credits Roll For Paris's Last Adult Cinema Theater

According to France's national cinema council only one X-rated cinema now remains in France, the Vox in Grenoble -- though no one was answering the phone on Monday.

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Updated:February 26, 2019, 9:41 AM IST
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Bye-bye Beverley: End Credits Roll For Paris's Last Adult Cinema Theater
Maurice Laroche, director of the Cinema Le Beverley movie theatre, holds up a ticket as he poses at the box office of the cinema in Paris on July 15, 2014. The Beverley is the last cinema in the capital still screening pornographic movies. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)
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Tucked away in a narrow Right Bank street, the Beverley held out for decades as Paris's sole pornographic movie theatre, proudly yet discreetly offering non-stop showings of films from the 1970s and 80s.

But rising rents and changing social mores have finally caught up and the cinema's fans have just a few days left to pick up memorabilia from a symbol of a bygone Paris.

After the final screening last Saturday -- the traditional "couples night" -- owner Maurice Laroche is remaining on site this week to sell films, posters, seats and whatever else is left.

"Everything is for sale, except me," Laroche told AFP on Monday as a handful of men pored over boxes of reels or struggled to make off with a huge speaker.

But women made up around a third of the curious who criss-crossed the theatre's narrow brick-walled auditorium when the sale began Sunday.

Laroche, who had managed the Beverley since 1983 before buying it 10 years later, said that at 75 he was ready to retire to the ocean resort town of Royan in southwest France.

His clients have become fewer as they've gotten older in recent years -- most recently he had been selling less than 500 12-euro tickets a week, compared with 1,500 twenty years ago.

"This was a place where you could be certain no minors would see pornography -- nowadays they're all watching on their phones," he said.

A property developer has bought the site, presumably with plans to install something more in line with the designer hotel and tapas bar up the street in a rapidly gentrifying corner of the capital.

According to France's national cinema council only one X-rated cinema now remains in France, the Vox in Grenoble -- though no one was answering the phone on Monday.

The council doesn't appear to count the films shown at some of the seedier sex shops in Paris's red light district at Pigalle, known for offering more than just a movie.

"In its heyday, around 1975, there were over 900 cinemas specialising in pornography in France. Just six years later, there were only 90," French film journalist Jacques Zimmer told AFP.

Laroche said he would be taking his "head full of memories" and two of the red vinyl seats to the balcony of his new apartment.

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