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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Lusty Lady, North Beach Strip Club, to Close its Doors

Posted By on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 10:43 AM

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Sad news for the horny gents in town: San Francisco's Lusty Lady Strip Club is closing its doors in two weeks.

The North Beach club, which is the only unionized strip club in the world, is closing after nearly four decades of servicing San Francisco 24 hours a day with its naked girls, popular peep shows, and diverse adult entertainment.

Here's the announcement from the club's Facebook page:

Dear Ladies and Friends in the Community,

It is with shaking hands & tear stained cheeks that I write to say, we just heard from our land lord, they will NOT agree to a new lease, they are closing our doors.

They have given us just TWO WEEKS. WE CLOSE OUR DOORS AND SAY GOODBYE on 9/2/13

Please help us spread the word, and make it a glorious & glamorous two weeks!

Thank you so much for all the love and support over the years!


~The Lusties

The worker-owner club opened up in 1976, giving porn aficionados a place to enjoy themselves in private booths. In 1983, the owners decided to incorporate live entertainment, where patrons could watch and interact with live nude girls.

Things got contentious at the club a few years later when "unsavory" business practices took over. According to the website, several one-way windows where performers could not see the customer they were dancing for were installed; all sorts of camera and video activity was concealed without the dancers consent. So a group of employees approached the Service Employees International Union Local 790 and after some negotiations among union officials and the near-unanimous signing of union cards, an election was planned.

All this was followed by lawyers, nasty exchanges, picket lines, and, yes, a lockout. In April of 1997, the Lusty Lady employees voted to unionize, forming the world's only Exotic Dancers Union.

But as more and more people started to get their kicks off the Internet, adult entertainment clubs like Lusty Lady faced dwindling crowds and revenue declines. By 2003, the owners said they could "feel the end was near."

And now the end has, ahem, come.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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