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Finnochio's

“America's Most Unusual Nightclub” - 506 Broadway

 
 
Finnochio's Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 7, 2018
1. Finnochio's Marker
Inscription. "Welcome to the world-famous Finocchio's, where the most beautiful women onstage are men." Opened in 1936, Finocchio's cabaret featured female impersonators, both gay and straight, performing in, elaborateshows that drew in sailors and tourists alike, as well as the watchful eye of local law enforcement. Fortunately, such run-ins with the law were few and far between, and Finocchio's over the years prided itself on being a clean, orderly entertainment theater among the seedier venues of Broadway. Finocchio's eventually closed in 1999 after 63 years in business.
 
Erected 2018 by Top of Broadway Community Benefits District.
 
Location. 37° 47.885′ N, 122° 24.346′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway and Kearny, on the right when traveling west on Broadway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 506 Broadway, San Francisco CA 94133, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Old Broadway Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Lupo’s Restaurant (within shouting distance of this marker); The Condor (about 300 feet away, measured
Finnochio's Marker - Wide View, looking east along Broadway image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 7, 2018
2. Finnochio's Marker - Wide View, looking east along Broadway
The marker is set in the sidewalk in front of the Naked Lunch restaurant.
in a direct line); Mona's 440 Club (about 300 feet away); San Francisco Brewing Company (about 400 feet away); The Stinking Rose (about 400 feet away); The Saloon (about 400 feet away); American Zoetrope (about 600 feet away). 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 a Drag: Finocchio's to Close (SFGate, November 4, 1999). (Submitted on April 9, 2018.)
2. Finocchio's (Queer Music Heritage). "Joe Finocchio opened his famed San Francisco nightspot at 506 Broadway after a customer, drinking in his father's speakeasy, performed an imitation of the legendary Sophie Tucker. This gave Joe the idea of a nightclub with men performing with all the glitter, sophistication and glamour of sophisticated women. He opened the club June 15, 1936...." (Submitted on April 9, 2018.) 

3. Finocchio's Club (Wikipedia). "Finocchio's was a nightclub and bar in San Francisco. The history of the club started as a speakeasy called the 201 Club in 1929, located at 406 Stockton Street. In 1933, with the repeal of prohibition, the club moved upstairs and started to offer female impersonation acts; after police raids in 1936 the club relocated to the larger 506 Broadway location. Finocchio's night club opened June 15, 1936 and was located in San Francisco, California, above Enrico's Cafe at 506 Broadway Street in North Beach. The term "Finocchio" is Italian for fennel but is often a negative term for gay." (Submitted on April 9, 2018.) 
 
Additional keywords. LGBT
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 9, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 9, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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