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Kitty's South: Has classic theater turned shuttered stroke palace run out of lives?

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Yesterday on our Show and Tell blog, Bree Davies said goodbye to Kitty's East, an East Colfax landmark that was shuttered in recent days after being declared a public nuisance; in addition to offering up orgasm helpers, it seems the joint served as the setting for crack-cocaine dealing.

The closure got us to thinking about the other Kitty's -- Kitty's South, at 119 South Broadway. It's a building with amazing history, but today, it remains an anachronistic eyesore, with no better future in sight.

While Davies never got a chance to visit Kitty's East, and is a bit misty at the idea that she won't be able to do so now, I spent some time at Kitty's South. And no, it wasn't to purchase industrial-strength lube and an "Impulse Gyrating Bearded Dolphin" dildo -- an actual item for sale there when I visited.

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Kitty's East.
No, my stop was predicated by "Give Our Regards to Broadway," a 2005 feature article in which Westword staffers combined forces to present a profile of the signature street, which is also home to Westword's offices. My complete portrait of Kitty's South is on view below, but here's a sample:
The video collection at Kitty's South offers something for nearly everyone. Travelogue aficionados will be fascinated by Handjobs Across America. Fans of police procedurals should enjoy Grand Theft Anal. Those intrigued by uncommon attributes and skills need look no further than Big Clits/Big Lips 5 and She Squirts 12, whose plots should be easy to understand even for folks unfamiliar with the earlier volumes. Reality-show connoisseurs have an entire "amateur" section at their disposal, featuring the likes of Real Hidden Fitting Rooms. And lovers of classic cinema can turn to the original Deep Throat. Leading lady Linda Lovelace, who lived in Denver for a time, has passed on, but on tape she continues to offer a peculiar brand of pornographic nostalgia.
Also on site were lots of items euphemistically referred to as "marital aids," plus booths where patrons could pleasure themselves in private while watching videos, as opposed to the actual, flesh-and-blood women who once gyrated on the other side of what presumably was a well-smeared glass barrier.

Better yet was the theater -- a gorgeous space that once screened films whose raison d'être was something other than masturbation.

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From the collection of the Denver Public Library
The venue was originally known as the Webber, and as I noted in the piece below, it was once among Denver's favorite movie houses. It dated back to the silent-film era and even hosted Hollywood premiers.

Here's a look at one such event, featuring a flick starring Erroll Flynn.

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From the collection of the Denver Public Library
But unlike the Mayan, a stone's throw away, the Webber eventually succumbed to economics, and in the '70s, Kitty's snared the space and took the theater in a radically different direction. But after a profitable run, a little thing called the Internet came along, and Kitty's South began really heading south.

Continue for more about Kitty's South.



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ckieft97
ckieft97

I wonder if there's still an actual "theater" in there? Would like to see it become a music venue. 


smokeegyrl
smokeegyrl

I can imagine how many bacteria lingers inside that place, they should tear it down completely...  Webber is gone, can't bring it back...  I would never eat there if it was turned into a restraunt, just thinking bout it makes me want to vomit.   When it turned into Kitty's, you heard about more rapes, dead bodies being found in the capital area.   Maybe with this place being torned down, the healing will start in lower downtown.   Kitty's bought crime into this part of downtown.   I also believe it was a place that brought forth prostitution in the area.   TEAR IT DOWN!  

Johnny Genova
Johnny Genova

I'm really going to miss the crack dealers out front at night. They were really making Kitty's live up to its sleazy rep. and the cops did NOTHING. Good riddance .

Jim Kinney
Jim Kinney

Kitty's South: Great Location for a Music Venue. Kitty's East: 2UP will own it eventually, right?

Ryan Garvey
Ryan Garvey

great location....there is a PARKING LOT already...and yea great location.

Kevin Shields
Kevin Shields

I hope so. That space is huge and it's in a busy/central location. And let's get real, I see nothing wrong with someone wanting to watch porn once in a while, but wanting to do it in a freaking theater on East Colfax surrounded by other people that see that as a good time is freaking creepy.

Mattchoo Lentz
Mattchoo Lentz

Been thinkin' the same thing for years now, Ryan!

Ryan Garvey
Ryan Garvey

that place needs to be turned into a venue!!!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Isn't this where 'rockiesfever' & 'suka1' work ?

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Now we know where Ron Zapolla can be found after his stint w/ Fox ....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Johnny Genova ... it was too far for the obese cops to walk ... from their station DIRECTLY BEHIND Kitty's.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Gordon Cresswell That's a question for the ages, Gordon. Thanks for the post.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Kevin Shields Thanks for the post, Kevin. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Much appreciated.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Ryan Garvey Maybe someone will finally take the plunge. Thanks for the post, Ryan.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@michael.roberts ... sure, perhaps one of the MedPot Millionaires -- or the Marijuana McLawyers who've fleeced their clients of mega $$$$ -- will turn it into a Cannabis Club.


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