August 23, 2015

Pictures of Everyday Life of The Combat Zone, Boston in the 1970s

The Combat Zone was the name given in the 1960s to the adult entertainment district in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. Centered on Washington Street between Boylston Street and Kneeland Street, the area was once the site of many strip clubs, peep shows, X-rated movie theaters and adult bookstores. It also had a reputation for crime, including prostitution.

During the Combat Zone's heyday, some of the larger strip clubs were the Teddy Bare Lounge, the Two O'Clock Club, Club 66 and the Naked i Cabaret. Besides the strip clubs and X-rated movie theaters, numerous peep shows and adult bookstores lined most of Washington Street between Boylston Street and Kneeland Street. In 1976, the Wall Street Journal called the area "a sexual Disneyland."


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