Pissing The Night Away

Today, I was reminiscing of the days when I worked for Bookstar, which is owned by Barnes and Noble.  When I lived in Memphis, Bookstar was always my favorite bookstore to visit.  It seemed only fitting for me to eventually get a job there. Bookstars (before B&N) were known for being electic and setting up in old movie theaters.  There used to be one in New Orleans in an old movie theater, and I think there might be one in Texas too.

The one in Memphis is amazing because it’s in the old theater where Elvis used to hold screening parties for his movies.  The inside of the bookstore is decked out in neon lights and black and white cheetah print carpet.  The cafe is huge with lots of windows and hard wood floors.  The offices and lunchroom are upstairs where the projection booth would be.  There’s also two “party” rooms upstairs with a huge glass window overlooking the sales floor, and one of them was supposedly Elvis’s private party room.  The cash registers are where the concessions booth would have been. One of the older employees worked there when it was actually a movie theater.

It was a fun place to work, although I was only there for a year.  Bookstar was known as being a cruisy place for gays, especially back in the magazine section because they carried every adult magazine known to man.  And then there were the bathrooms.  Although I never saw any  hanky panky, the bathrooms were quite popular because of their style.  Black and white cheetah print wall paper in the men’s room with black tile and a long winding black patent leather wall sofa leading into it.  The women’s bathroom was decked out in pink and mint green.  So, this is what brings me to this post.  I was hoping to find a cool photo of ole Bookstar through Google, but all I could find was a picture of this toilet from the Bookstar men’s room from a website called urinal.net.  Click on the picture if you’d like to go to that site…

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Bookstar even had the cool marque out front where we’d sometimes advertise author signings.  Customers would bring in letters from the parking lot that had fallen down all the time.  And so, this bookstore is really a landmark of Memphis, at least for me anyway.  There are lots of other old movie theater buildings down there that had now been made good use of such as the New Daisy Theater or the beloved Orpheum.

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And then there is also the Paris Adult Theatre on Summer Ave, also in an old movie theater sporting the name “Luciann” in concrete letters on the outside of the building from generations ago.   I wrote about the Luciann in The Other Side of What.

I have no idea what their bathrooms look like.

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