The old Waldorf crew – Ernesto Gomez, Thomas Anselmi, and Danny Fazio – have partnered up with David Duprey and Rachel Zottenburg, they of The Rickshaw, Rumpus and Narrow. Together, this super pod has taken over the old Fox Cinema space at 2321 Main, by Antisocial and Lark (RIP). If you’re not from around these parts, The Fox was a pretty gnarly skin flick theatre, showing porn films on a loop for people who either didn’t have the internet or didn’t care to (aka the Nina Hartley set). It won’t be missed by many.
Ernesto Gomez spoke to me about this a month ago when they were trying to get the lease locked down. I expected him to be a little down with the end of his involvement with The Waldorf being so fresh, but on the contrary, he was excited. It’s not every day that one gets to reinvent a porn theatre, right? That’s rare. And you have to expect City Hall to be happy in the wake of the Waldorf bit of business. Likely generous, too.
And so a neighbourhood’s cultural tectonics shift. “Our mission is to create cultural experiences that embrace exceptional and fun.” says Danny Fazio. “We are delighted to continue the work we did at The Waldorf, expanding it further into the city.” I’m sold. Porn is fine and all, but I’ll take another Waldorf, thank you very much.
The Fox Caberet is scheduled for a Fall opening. There is much work to be done.