Condor Club

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Coordinates: 37°47′53″N 122°24′24″W / 37.79806°N 122.40667°W / 37.79806; -122.40667

The club in 1973
Historical marker commemorating the Condor Club as the world's first topless and bottomless entertainment venue
The club in 2017

The Condor Club nightclub is a striptease bar or topless bar in the North Beach section of San Francisco, California[1] The club opened in 1964.[2][3]

The club is located at the corner of Broadway and Columbus Avenue.[4] The large lit sign in front of the club featured a picture of Carol Doda. The sign had red lights on the image of her breasts. She was the first topless entertainer there and the most famous. Her première topless dance occurred on the evening of June 19, 1964.[2]

The club went "bottomlessness" with the dancers performing fully nude, on September 3, 1969.[5] In 1972, bottomless nude dancing became illegal in establishments that served alcohol in California, but Carol Doda continued dancing there topless until 1986.

A bizarre death occurred at the Condor Club in November 1983. Bouncer Jimmy Ferrozzo and his girlfriend, exotic dancer Theresa Hill, decided after hours to have sexual intercourse on the famous white piano on which Carol Doda made her entrance, being lowered from the ceiling by cables. They accidentally hit the "on" switch, and the piano rapidly rose to the ceiling, trapping the couple. Ferrozzo was asphyxiated, while Hill survived only because she was thinner than her companion.[6]

The club closed in 2000, but soon reopened as a sports bar/bistro.[7] Between 2005 and 2007, it was Andrew Jaeger's House of Seafood & Jazz, a branch of the owner's original restaurant in New Orleans. However, in August 2007, it once again became the Condor Club, and featured go-go dancers. The current Condor Club is branded as "San Francisco's Original Gentlemen's Club."[8]

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  1. ^ "Nudity, Noise Pay Off in Bay Area Night Clubs", Los Angeles Times (February 14, 1965) Page G5.
  2. ^ a b "California Solons May Bring End To Go-Go-Girl Shows In State", Panama City News, (September 15, 1969) Page 12A.
  3. ^ "Naked Profits". The New Yorker. 2004-07-12. Retrieved 2007-07-30.
  4. ^ "Silicon made topless dancing blossom", Chicago Daily Herald (April 28, 1982) Page 21.
  5. ^ "1964". Retrieved 2007-07-30.
  6. ^ "Condor Club | North Beach, San Francisco". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  7. ^ "North Beach, San Francisco: The Beat Goes On". Offbeat Travel. Retrieved July 30, 2007.
  8. ^ "Condor Club San Francisco, CA - Original Strip Club Since 1965". Retrieved 2018-05-05.

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