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What began as one of many seedy adult-movie houses in the Tenderloin inthe O'Farrell Theatre soon grew to prominence as its owners launched a booming porn production business and spruced up the theater into what Hunter S. Thompson famously dubbed "the Carnegie Hall of sex in America.
Now, the club is no more. As Hoodline reports this weekthe family of the late Mitchell Brothers have decided to close the place for good following the extended pandemic closure, and longtime dancers and DJs at the place were just informed in the last couple of weeks. But, Herndon says, "We were hoping to at least get a couple more years in. Famous patrons in recent years included Justin Bieber and Trevor Noah, according to the staff.
And dancers there are lamenting the loss of what they say was a family, of sorts. A year-old dancer who goes by the name Juliana tells SFGate that she'd been working at the O'Farrell since she was 18, for the last 17 years. The place has a Mitchell brothers o farrell theatre history, as Hoodline explains, having spent its first few years screening ever more revealing adult films as obscenity laws were being challenged around San Francisco. And with the help of money they made in the booming early days of adult filmmaking, they fought them all and helped establish court precedents that ultimately Mitchell brothers o farrell theatre the law of the land across the country — and helped create red-light districts in many other cities.
The short film Smut Capital of America talks about this period in San Francisco, when Dianne Feinstein was just a local anti-porn activist before becoming a supervisor and then mayorthough the teaser below does not specifically touch on the O'Farrell. Below is a video that includes a KPIX clip of Chambers speaking about raids on porn theaters around the Bay Area infollowing one of the Mitchel Brothers' court wins.
And, intheir story would take another infamous turn when, after a lengthy struggle with alcohol and cocaine led to some erratic behavior by Artie, brother Jim Mitchell went to his Corte Madera home and fatally shot him. Jim would end up serving only three years at San Quentin for voluntary manslaughter he claimed the shooting was an accident while he was pleading with Artie to seek treatment before being released — and he would later settle multiple wrongful death suits from Artie's children.
Jim Mitchell died in But the infamy doesn't end there. Jim Mitchell's son James was convicted in for the murder of his girlfriend, Danielle Keller, in Marin County, and he was sentenced to 35 years to life. And inone of Artie's kids, Jasmine Mitchell, got nabbed for her role in an identity theft ring.
She ended up pleading guilty and serving 27 months. According to Curbed, at the time that the club went on the market, Jim's daughter Meta had taken charge of the business. Stay up to date! Photo: Yelp. Share this.Mitchell brothers o farrell theatre
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'Where all the lost souls came together': SF's O'Farrell Theatre strip club closes after 50 years