6 X-Rated Studios That Made San Francisco The Capital Of Gay Porn

Oct 27, 2011 by

Most of us know the Bay Area as a hotbed of Internet start-ups. (Social-media giants like Twitter and Google got their start in Silicon Valley, after all.)

But San Francisco is also home to a surprising number of entrepreneurs in an altogether different field: gay porn.

Queers have been flocking to SF  since before WWII, but when the Summer of Love hit in 1967, the door was flung wide open for sexual libertarians to storm the City by the Bay.

Among them were burgeoning porn studios like Colt, which opened that same year, and Falcon, which hung its shingle in 1971.

The men who started these companies—and the studios that came after—saw the city as a place they could ply their trade without interference from puritanical busybodies. And San Francisco’s large gay-male population continues to serve as both a large consumer market and a sizable talent pool. (It’s hard not to bump into a porn star at Gold’s Gym.)

SF is now home to Naked Sword (site NSFW)—a website providing streaming and downloadable videos—as well as some of the nation’s most famous and successful traditional studios. And local hangouts like the Lone Star Saloon and Eros sex club have been used as sets for porn shoots. (That would make for a fun walking tour.)

Today, we’re taking a look at six porn companies that call the City by The Bay home—examining how they got their start, what (and who) made them big and how they’re facing the challenges of the digital age.

Do you have the inside scoop on San Francisco’s gay-porn industry? Share in the comments (and maybe send a few pictures!)

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