Posted on: January 19, 2015
(This article has last been updated on the 15th of March, 2020)
This infamous Amsterdam sex theatre is located in the heart of the Red Light District and offers impressive live sex shows on stage. Casa Rossa is no moulin rouge (like in France), this is the “real” thing! During the night, several erotic artists perform on stage. It’s one of the few places in Amsterdam, where you can see live sex on stage. Casa Rosso has almost 200 seats inside – all with a (cinema) reddish colour.
This sex show in Amsterdam was founded in 1969 by Maurits de Vries, a.k.a. Zwarte Joop (Black Joop). He was born in 1935 and experienced the Second World War. During the war, he had to go underground. Maurits fled to the north of Holland, known as Friesland. On a farm in Friesland a peasant woman told Maurits that his name sounded too Jewish. This is how he got the nickname Joop.
‘Zwarte Joop’ poses with an inflatable elephant. Photo by Ronald Hoeben.
He was one of the pioneers in the Red Light District of Amsterdam. He opened this erotic theatre in the beginning of the sexual revolution. From the 1960’s onwards, people started to discover their sexuality more and more. Something they did more publicly. Especially in Amsterdam, people want to get rid of the dullness of the 1950’s.
The sale of porn magazines increased. In that time there were hardly any porno movies in the Netherlands. For this reason Maurits de Vries decided to open the first sex show in the Netherlands; Casa Rosso. In the early days, live sex on stage wasn’t allowed, even most porn movies weren’t allowed. The local authorities didn’t know for a long time whether Casa Rosso’s business was legal, therefore they tolerated it.
Some staff members were/ are quiet eccentric. This is Joop Staarthof, also known as “Ome Joop” or “Uncle Joop Moustache” who worked at Casa Rosso in Amsterdam for decades. He started in the 1970’s. He did all kinds of things. He assisted all customers to their seats, getting lunch for the staff, helping with reservations, he sold tickets and he also sailed over the canals, dressed in a captain’s suit, to bring people to the sex theater. Joop kept working there even though he reached the age of 88.
For 11 years in a row, he owned the title for having the best moustache in the Netherlands. He even received the international moustache award 4 times.
In those years, the police often entered Casa Rosso to check if they did everything by the book. However, most entrepreneurs and employees knew what all of the police officers looked like, so they informed everybody in the district when the police were doing a check. Casa Rosso had come up with brilliant method to avoid any trouble with the Dutch authorities. They changed all the hardcore porn movies to erotic cartoon movies. They hid all the real porn movies on the roof of the building.
Back then, Maurits de Vries was also known as a guy who was well connected with the American and Italian criminals. According to a Dutch crime reporter, Casa Rosso was funded by an infamous American gangster called Meyer Lansky. He was also known as the architect of the American organized crime.
In 1983, Maurits de Vries fled to Switzerland, on the advice of a famous Dutch lawyer – Max Moszkowicz. Apparently Maurits de Vries was having trouble with the Dutch justice department and the tax administration. In 1986, de Vries passed away.
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These days, Casa Rosso is owned by Jan Otten. He started working there as a doorman but through the years he eventually got promoted to managing director. Later on, he was fortunate enough to be able to buy the place.
So, this is theatre in Amsterdam where you can experience live sex on stage. It offers eight different acts every night. Exciting stripteases, fun shows and also couples who have sex together, like Erica and Udy. They actually have a relationship and have been working for Casa Rosso for more than 17 years now. They enjoy working together, also because they both have a huge libido. One of the few couples who make money by having sex with each other.
All performers are very professional, the staff is friendly and everything is very clean inside. Everything is done with respect here. The erotic shows have a total duration of 60 to 80 minutes, and are of course not for the prudish.
Casa Rosso Amsterdam is opened 7 days a week between:
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