The Slinky Panther: Whiteside Historic Preservation Gets Naked


The question has floated around for many years: why doesn’t Corvallis, a college town with thousands of frat boys lurking around, have a strip club? The nearest is probably Eugene or Salem, and let’s face it, who wants to drive home late after a night with the ladies? Well finally, all of you Corvallis men have your salvation in the form of the Slinky Panther, the new strip club set to open at the location of the Whiteside Theatre in downtown Corvallis

Opening on May 1, the Slinky Panther will be operated by former Las Vegas exotic entertainer Diamond Rodriguez. Rodriguez said, “I take pity on all of those young men in Corvallis who can’t afford to drive to other towns, or who don’t have cars. I plan to address their needs, here at home.” These plans include one security guard at the door, and one who will watch over the four extended indoor bike racks to ensure that no bikes are stolen while customers are enjoying their night. After all, Rodriguez said, “We want to encourage people to care for the environment; we want customers to be able to go green while spending green!”

The first month of operations will be customer appreciation month with complimentary shows happening Wednesday nights from 9 to 11 p.m., and discounts on all other services offered by the Slinky Panthers. The newly remodeled space will include a full-service bar and kitchen, a main stage for group numbers, two smaller stages for private parties, and “intimate corners,” a concept pioneered by Rodriguez. “We like to offer a place for clients to really get to know our dancers on a personal level, it really helps form strong customer-employee bonds.” Considering the Whiteside’s somewhat turbulent history, the Slinky Panther should bring mountains of business to a building almost forgotten. For more information, you can visit or call 1-800-YOU-WISH.

~Padma McKay