, the fetish pornography site that’s been filming in the San Francisco Armory for the last decade, is shutting down production in the Bay Area.

The company that once made 100 films a month at its Mission district site told the Guardian that it will stop production in February.

“A lot of the Castro was built on the back of porn companies. But one by one, they upped and left,” CEO Peter Acworth told the Guardian. “There’s so much content out there. The human body only has so many orifices and so many limbs you can tie in so many ways.”

Kink’s in-house directors will move production to Nevada, Southern California and other parts of the Bay Area — making good on a promise Acworth made back 2014 to move out of San Francisco.

“I would still think of production moving out as a question of ‘if’ as opposed to ‘when,'” Acworth told the San Francisco Bay Guardian back in April of 2014.

Drill Court, the new 4,000-person venue inside the Armory
Drill Court, the new 4,000-person venue inside the Armory. (Photo courtesy the Armory)

Though Acworth originally threatened to pack up and leave because of Cal-OSHA fines and impending condom legislation — which was voted down last election — the site’s membership and revenue has dropped significantly, with some publications saying as much as 40 percent. Just a year ago, the company cut half of its workforce.

In recent years, the building has housed corporate offices and Acworth hopes to expand that space. Acworth also hired Audrey Joseph, the former vice chair of the San Francisco Entertainment Commission, to convert the century-old building’s gymnasium into a venue for large concerts. After receiving a number of complaints from neighbors over its concerts, it still received a permit to host shows back in April of last year.

The studios in the basement will stay set up for video productions — they just won’t make videos there. Acworth also said that they will still host tours, though he suspects that attendance will drop once he stops filming porn here.

CORRECTION: This article originally stated that the basement studios would be converted into offices, which was incorrect. to Stop Filming in San Francisco Next Month 30 January,2017Kevin L. Jones
  • Gibarian

    The city really should just acquire the building and then do something Not Like As Is Done With The Old Mint.

    The City’s fragmented arts policy is such we don’t take advantage of opportunities while simultaneously creating Kafkaesque arts bureaucracy. For example, the Community Arts Stabilization Trust is a mayoral-PR friendly barrel of sinecures for cronies of the Executive Director – Arts Commission – Consultant – Complex that is exempt from every regulation of the Ethics commission.

    The vacancy of the Armory is a pox upon the vision of supposed arts “leaders.” They lead us into overhead models that just waste money on IATSE and well-connected-artistic (somehow) housewives who don’t actually have to work while feeding stuffed up board members rubber chicken dinners at overpriced fundraisers who are deluded that what they’re doing has some semblance of quality and relevance.


Kevin L. Jones

Kevin Jones reports on the Bay Area arts scene for KQED. He loves his wife and two kids, and music today makes him feel old.

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