Sexually-Oriented Businesses

Business Name


Appprox. Dates of Operation

315 Club (gay bathhouse)


418 Club

418 3rd Ave. N., Mpls

present day

5th Street Bookstore

5th Street, Mpls


Adonis Theater, new (adult films)

btw 6th & 7th on Hennepin Ave., Mpls


Adonis Theater, old (adult films)

904 Hennepin Ave., Mpls


American Book Store

429 Hennepin Ave., Mpls


American Empress Theater & Bookstore

614 Hennepin Ave., Mpls


Aster Art Theater (adult films)

605-607 Hennepin Ave., Mpls

~1968 - 1979

Augie's Bourbon Street Cabaret (strip club)

424 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls

Avalon Theater (adult movies)

1500 E. Lake Street, Mpls

1957 - 1985

Big Daddy's (gay bathhouse)

3 North 7th St., Mpls

______ to 1982

East Hennepin Bookstore

401 E. Hennepin Ave., Mpls


Bookstore (unnamed)

420 Hennepin Ave., Mpls


Bookstore (unnamed)

624 Hennepin Ave., Mpls

~1971, ~1976

Bookstore (unnamed)

828 Hennepin Ave., Mpls


Bookstore (Broadway Visuals)

927 Hennepin Ave., Mpls

1986 - ~2001

Bookstore (unnamed)

2 East Lake St., Mpls


Bookstore (unnamed)

401 East Lake St., Mpls


Buns & Roses

300 S. Third Street, Mpls

~1993 - 1996

Casey's and Raquel's Rap

West 7th St., St. Paul


Chicago-Lake Bookstore (adult bookstore)

739 East Lake St., Mpls

opened 1974

Choice Gentleman's Club

254 2nd Ave. N.

Deja Vu Showgirls (strip club)

315 Washington Ave. N., Mpls


Denmark Books (adult books)

459 W. 7th St., St. Paul

1999 - Sep 2010

Dream Girls (nude dancers)

14 N. 5th St., Mpls

Duffs in the Park

4700 Excelsior Blvd, St. Louis Park

Fantasy Gifts

1437 University Ave., St. Paul

Faust (adult theater)

University Ave. & Dale St., St. Paul


Flick Theater

621 University Ave. W., St. Paul


Franklin I, II, III Theaters


Golden Gate (dance hall)

5810 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls

Oct 1993 - ~1995

Golden Spike (adult dance)

10 S. 9th St., Mpls (second fl)

Apr 1988 - Jul 1988

Lake Street Bookstore

341-343 E. Lake St., Mpls


Lamplighter Lounge

160 W. Larpenter Ave., St. Paul

Lickety Split

251 3rd Ave. S., Mpls

Locker Room (gay bathhouse)

______ to 1988

Nicola Book Store

2938 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls

Parkway Theater (adult films)

4814 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls

closed in 1972

Payne Reliever

899 Payne Ave., St. Paul

Playboy Lounge

361 W. 7th Street, St. Paul

Rainbow Road (gay gifts)

109 W Grant St, Mpls

Rialto I (movie theater)

721 E. Lake Street, Mpls

Sept 1969 -

Rialto II (movie theater)

735 E. Lake Street, Mpls

Rick's Cabaret

300 S. 3rd St., Mpls

Schiek's Palace Royale (formerly Solid Gold)

115 S. 4th St., Mpls

Sex World

241 N 2nd Ave, Mpls

1993 to present

Shinder's Bookstore

7th & Hennepin Ave., Mpls

~1976 to 2003

Skyway Lounge

725 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls

Solid Gold

115 S. 4th St., Mpls

Smitten Kitten

3010 Lyndale Ave S., Mpls.

present day

The Amusement Center

6710 Highway 10 NW, Ramsey

Apr 1990 - Jun 2013

The Belmont (strip club)

University Ave. & Dale St., St. Paul

closed in 1989

The Love Doctor

1607 University Ave., St. Paul

present day

The Seville Gentlemen's Club

15 Glenwood Ave.

2008 - present

The Warehouse (gay sex club)

North Mpls

2011 - Sept 2016

Additional Resources

[The Amusement Center]. Ramsey buys adult bookstore property, will demolish building. ABC Newspapers, July 5, 2013, by Eric Hagen. Read Here.

Condos, strip club plans clash in North Loop. The Journal, March 1, 2004, by Sarah McKenzie. Read Here.

Lost to History: the South Minneapolis Pornography District of the 1980s. The Historyapolis Project, March 17, 2014, by Kevin Ehrman-Solberg. Read Here.