Censured Club is an Association affiliated to Entes (Ente Nazionale Trattenimenti Enogastronomia Sport) opened on Thursday, July 28, 2017 in Via dei Quattro Cantoni 5 in Rome, in the Esquilino district.
It is located right in the centre of the city, just a few steps from Via Cavour and Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore, in a convenient location that can be easily reached by tourists and walking distance from the most famous venues in the centre.
For many years it was a landmark of the Rome gay community.
During the renovation works designed to create comfortable and appropriate settings for cruising club activities, the new president took into account the history of this club. Under the name APEIRON, it was active throughout the nineties of the twentieth century and worked until the early 2000s. The gay guides of that period described it as such:
- Soft lights, sofas and hardcore videos on big screens. There is a dark room and two bars, going down some stairs you will find three rooms where entertainment shows are performed. Friday is a regular appointment with a male striptease.
- Located near the metro in Via Cavour, the club offers a large space for socializing, playing board games and listening to music with large screens. Nightly events. Inside is a room with hard video and dark room.
- Soft lights, leather sofas and hard video all night long for the exclusively homosexual clientele of this club. On the first floor there are two bars and a Dark Room while going down the stairs you can find three small rooms...
In the restyling have been therefore preserved and enhanced those rooms that, in the nineties, were designed imagining the inside of a diamond, whose prism structure was recreated through oblique floors and triangular decorations with mirrors and three predominant colors (red, black and gray).
Back then the Apeiron was open every day from 10.30 p.m. to 3.00 a.m. and the Friday striptease was a regular event. But it became very well known and attended (and also criticized, for the morale of the time) as it was the first place to feature a dark room inside.
The Apeiron, however, was not only a meeting place for sex - prudently defined in a guide... "shows of life" (!!!!). ). On the contrary: regular visitors were the actor Paolo Poli (1929-2016), the poet Dario Bellezza (1944-1996) and many other representatives of culture and entertainment still living today.
Bruno Di Donato also used to attend it. He died in 1991 at the age of 55 and was later remembered at the Apeiron on 5 May 1992 with an event titled "Voglia di Memorie" during which his story was told.
The story of a militant activist who - married, father of three children, and then divorced - had been part of the Italian gay movement since the end of the seventies, becoming responsible for the Fuori! Roman movement in 1978 and then contributing, among other things, to the founding of the Roman Gay Association "Mario Mieli”. He was the first president, as well as being one of the first to speak about AIDS both as secretary of Informagay and as organizer of a press conference with the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, in 1983, which led to the creation of the first consultatory of its kind in Italy.
Out of curiosity, at the time Apeiron was affiliated to Arcigay, the annual cost of the card was 5,000 lire, while the average cost of a drink (over the first, free) was 12,000 lire.
At the beginning of the third millennium, the birth of new gay clubs and discos in Rome led to the crisis of the Apeiron, which in October 2001 became the site of a new meeting place called A Tu per Tu, aimed at a clientele that was no longer gay, but rather at visitors to the nearby Blue Moon strip-tease club, then becoming, until 2014, the home of the Talent Club which hosted live music and lap dance performances with lounges for swingers.
The iconic Apeiron sofas and other parts of this long history still survive today at the Censured in the spacious bar lounge. It is also provided with chairs and tables for a lovely evening in good company or an evening to be spent in a different way attending many weekly events until late into the night. To meet all the expectations of modern guests, free wi-fi and a comfortable smoking room are also available, and the cruising area was completely renovated in spring 2020 not only with a dark room, but even with large relaxing areas, glory holes and play rooms.
Associazione Promozione Sociale Censured C.F 97930780586- Affiliata con ENTES Ente Nazionale Trattenimenti Enogastronomia Sport© 2020 by @mkm_graphic.