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The Lusty Lady

The Nation's First Unionized Worker-Owned Peep Show - 1033 Kearny

 
 
The Lusty Lady Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 11, 2020
1. The Lusty Lady Marker
Inscription.  Opened in 1976, the Lusty Lady started out as a private-booth theatre showing 16mm adult films. By 1983, the theater had incorporated live performances into the mix, a move that would engender a landmark workers' rights win just thirteen years later. In 1997, citing grievances concerning worker privacy and discrimination, employees of the club led a successful unionization campaign. Moreover, facing an impromptu closure in 2003, employees of the club collectively purchased the business and converted it to a worker-owned cooperative. The Lusty Lady eventually closed in 2013.
 
Erected 2018 by Top of Broadway Community Benefits District.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentLabor UnionsWomen.
 
Location. 37° 47.862′ N, 122° 24.333′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Kearny Street north of Columbus Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1033 Kearny Street, San Francisco CA 94133, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
The Lusty Lady Marker - wide view, looking south on Kearny image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 11, 2020
2. The Lusty Lady Marker - wide view, looking south on Kearny
The marker is visible here embedded in the sidewalk, near the parking meter, just a few steps north of the Hustler Club.
are within walking distance of this marker. Lupo’s Restaurant (a few steps from this marker); Finnochio's (within shouting distance of this marker); Peter Macchiarini Steps (within shouting distance of this marker); Devil's Acre & Battle Row (within shouting distance of this marker); The Jazz Workshop (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Broadway Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); San Francisco Brewing Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Italian American Bank (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. This is one of ten historical markers installed by the Top of Broadway Community Benefits District in the Spring of 2018.
 
Also see . . .
1. What It Was Like to Work at the Lusty Lady....(The Atlantic, August 31, 2013). A first person account, by Lily Burana. (Warning: slightly NSFW photo present) (Submitted on July 11, 2020.) 

2. Rent bump forces Lusty Lady to grind to halt (SFGate, August 20, 2013). (Submitted on July 11, 2020.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 11, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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