Seattle World’s Fair ~ Show Street


Show Street was the “adult entertainment” section of the fair.  The name applied both to the dead-end street in the northeast corner of the fairgrounds and to the U-shaped building complex that housed the nightly attractions.



At the head of the street was Gracie Hansen’s Paradise International, a plush 700-seat theater restaurant.  It offered four shows a night, described as “extravagant production numbers featuring the world’s most beautiful girls, interspersed with internationally renowned specialty performances.”


  Postcard  - Gracie Hansen's Paradise International

                            Value: $6.00 - $8.00


Another “girl show” on Show Street was “Backstage, U.S.A.”  The patrons stood or walked through the stage door of a gaiety theater and saw the on-stage performance from the stagehands’ side.  Also, they got a glimpse into the dressing rooms of the performers.  The director of Backstage U.S.A., LeRoy Prinz, was choreographer for the motion pictures “South Pacific” and “The Ten Commandments.”



Postcard - Backstage, U.S.A. "Peep"

Value: $8.00 - $12.00



 Gracie Hansen Presents

Barry Ashton's

Night in Paradise Brochure - 9" x 12"

22 Pages, Color & Black & White Photos

Very Scarce - Value: $50.00 - $60.00


Night in Paradise Show


Inside the Night in Paradise Brochure


 Backstage U.S.A Brochure - 9" x 12"

16 Pages, Color & Black & White Photos

Value: $35.00 - $50.00


Backstage U.S.A Advertisement - 5" x 7"

From the Official Guide Book

Value: $3.00 - $5.00


 Inside the Backstage U.S.A Brochure


Seattle Times article - April 8th, 1962

*Footnote* Gracie Hansen ran for Governor of Oregon in 1970 under the slogan

"The Best Governor Money Can Buy". She Lost.