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The Deal with Porn Theaters

Written by AnDroid   
Thursday, 05 August 2010 16:20

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Listen, porn theaters aren't for everyone. I should just come out and say that right off the bat. Yeah, they're a little creepy. But hey – so is church. I think it's fair to say that both of them – porn theaters and churches, that is – serve as an important outlet for individuals of a particular taste. You might be one of those individuals and not even know it yet. You may even enjoy going to both. That's fine. Personally, I think masturbation and prayer can both be done just as well at home (not that I do much praying), but I also understand the appeal of doing them in an open forum where you're surrounded by like-minded people, where you can always depend on an encouraging word and a friendly, um... handshake.

Like many people my age, I first learned about porn theaters as a young child, when my favorite TV personality, Pee-Wee Herman, was arrested for masturbating in an adult theater in Sarasota, Florida. I remember seeing his mug shot in the newspaper and saying, “That's not Pee-Wee,” after which my mother gave me a pained look and told me that yes, yes it was Pee-Wee. The poor bastard.

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Being under 30, I grew up as part of a generation that doesn't really understand the concept of porn theaters, because we've had access to porn on the internet since we were too young to be looking at it. When adult movie theaters first became popular in the 60's and 70's, they would have been the only reasonable way for most people to see pornographic movies. Then the 80's rolled around, and the VCR was invented, and they began shutting down. By the time the 90's hit there were very few adult movie theaters left. Two of them remained in Portland: The Oregon Theater and the Jefferson Theater, which has since been replaced by the Paris Theatre.

In order to understand the relevance of porn theaters in the modern world, you have to understand that a kind of erotic subculture has developed within these places. Now, you may be asking, “Doesn't masturbating with a bunch of dudes seem kinda gay?” Well there you've answered your own question. Not that all of the guys who go to porn theaters are gay – and don't fool yourself, the vast majority of the patrons are guys. But even if the movie playing on the screen is straight porn, all you have to do is look in any other direction to see a bunch of dicks and gay sex. Also, if you're masturbating in a porn theater, you automatically become part of the show, so no matter how straight you are, you're at the very least participating in another guy's gay fantasy.

But hey, it's not gay if you don't return the favor, right? The truth is many of the guys who go to these theaters are probably married or are otherwise stuck in a situation where they're desperate for release. When men become horny and desperate, labels like “gay” and “straight” become far less important than “penis” and “hole.”

Of course, every now and then a guy is able to convince/pressure his girlfriend or wife into coming to a porn theater with him. There are roped-off areas reserved for straight couples at both of the theaters in town, so the women are at least out of arm's reach of the general public. What happens when a couple enters the theater is every guy in the room crowds around the perimeter of the roped-off area and stares at them, masturbating openly while they eagerly watch the couple's every move. Gay men join in the crowd, as they've learned over the years that straight men are more likely to allow another guy to give them a hand job if they're looking at a woman while it happens. This is part of the subculture I mentioned earlier.

Most couples get freaked out and leave shortly after they arrive, either to go home and fuck or to have a raging argument in the car that will likely end in tears and heartbreak. Occasionally, though, a freaky swinger couple will whip off their clothes and go to town, possibly even inviting members of the crowd to join in. At this point, not a single person is watching the porn on the screen, because the theater has clearly crossed the line and become a sex club, which is essentially what it was to begin with.

Luckily, laws are different here than in other shitty states like Florida. There are no Pee-Wee Hermans getting arrested at adult movie theaters in Portland because, like our swingers clubs and bathhouses, our porn theaters provide a temporary membership to a private club where the patrons are free to express themselves sexually in any way they choose, as long as it's consensual.

This cuts to the heart of why porn theaters are still relevant in today's world. It's not about the porn at all. The porn is irrelevant. They could be showing old Star Trek episodes. These theaters simply provide a venue for adults to connect with each other. We go to porn theaters for the same reason we go to bars rather than drinking at home: We want the possibility of social contact with other human beings, even if it's simply a brief moment of eye contact or a nod of the head, because it sucks to feel alone in the world, filled with private shame while sinning in solitude.

 

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# Mamlvr 2010-08-18 00:01
One of my big problems with porn theaters is that I can't take my wife to them. The bathrooms are dirty. The interiors look like they are going to fall on you at any time.
I would like them to be a bit more wife friendly.
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# kondole 2010-10-02 15:11
Thanks for the input. Was thinking of hitting one up as couple but ...maybe not
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# AnDroid 2010-10-02 16:57
I don't want to detract anyone from visiting these places, but I thought people should have an idea of what they're getting into beforehand. Both of Portland's theaters are owned and operated by swinging gay men, so that's the clientele they naturally cater to. The spaces are dark and dingy and drenched in cum. The Paris Theater has been remodeled more recently than the Oregon Theater, so it feels a bit more clean.

For couples interested in going to a porn theater but unsure whether or not they'll be comfortable once they get in, I would suggest first trying out one of the buddy booths or gloryhole booths at an "adult arcade," which can be found at many of the adult stores in town. This way you can separate yourselves from the public behind a locked door, but you still have the option to let people watch through the buddy window or participate through the hole. It can even be exciting just knowing people are listening to you. If your partner is comfortable in this environment, you can always step it up later by trying a porn theater.
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# studrox 2010-11-11 14:13
i enjoy adult theaters...have unzipped many times and enjoyed stroking and release around other guys...problem i run into is most of the time they follow me around rather than unzip and do their own thing..still there is nothing like releasing a hot semen load in a strange place with others around..im straight and have not tried the glory holes..but dont mind being watched as i stroke my big hard cock..and sometmes enjoy watchin...kinda need to unzip now..wish i were closer to an adult theater..one of my favorite was in florida..big and open..didn't cost much...later, studrox,
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# AnDroid 2010-11-11 15:09
I know what you mean, studrox. I thoroughly enjoy the exhibitionist/voyeur aspect of porn theaters and preview booths, but since there's so much cruising going on in those places, you have to be comfortable giving people a firm "No" when you're not interested in their advances.
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# vicky 2011-07-13 18:15
I am a crossdresser and love porn theaters. There are still quite a few in Florida.
Sometimes there are couples but mostly males.
I love dressing up and going to them. Men often grope me which I enjoy or sometimes simply come up and jerk it by my face. Of course that makes me hungry!
The atmosphere is usually seedy but sometimes nice.
The men are surprisingly considerate and are young, old, good-looking, unattractive, black, white, latin, etc.
I now enjoy watching porn on the web shot at adult cinemas. It reminds me of my experiences - very realistic usually - and makes me want to go again.
Plan to this weekend!
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# Phalarope 2012-06-04 17:37
I took my last gf to Mr Peeps on 122nd. She really loved it and so did I. Sh's a screamer and she did scream. It was real fun. Turned on the windo so another could watch. We went back a couple times. At Oregon Theater, a guy touched her and she freaked. Darn!!! P
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# clint moreau 2013-04-14 09:25
i found the porn theatres when i was quite young and remember the lady at the ticket counter look at me and said you know what goes on in here dont you? and i of course said yes.well i didnt know but learned eventually ,i wanted to perform oral on a man but men with a lot more experience would suck me off and make me cum... they got what i wanted ,but eventually i learned and got what i was looking for.
wish they were still in boston
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# Redhead 2013-10-25 09:01
Thank you for this post. I'm a very bored housewife wanting to adventure into adult cinemas. I find swinging repulsive and will definitely freak out seeing people masturbate. Was thinking of suggesting this to my hubby but I guess the idea is now off the table forever.
Horrible Horrible Horrible
Plus I drove past one the other day was too scared to go in and take a look.
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# Innovator 2013-11-15 08:47
Hey RedHead, while adult theaters may not be of interest to you, might I suggest you check out one of the swinger clubs in town? I've been before, and there is often a voyeurism/exhibitionism aspect to them. There's no need to participate, but plenty of chances to observe and, if you wish, put on a show of your own.
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# Candi 2014-07-30 17:58
I was at the Paris theater last year on a visit to this great liberal city. Amazing experience. I was nervous as shit when I went in and rightly so. I was mobbed by horny men...and I loved it!
I ended up on stage and covered in sweet man nectar. Can't wait to return before my tits drag the floor. Great kinky sex should not be so taboo.
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# AnDroid 2014-07-31 19:11
Hot! I'm glad you had a good (and hopefully safe) time, and I totally agree with you. It's amazing that this article is still getting traffic four years after it was posted, and it's mostly because this isn't being discussed much, even on the internet. Thank you for posting your experience, Candi!
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# John 2014-08-03 19:49
It is a real shame these places are disappearing one by one. There used to be four places and two of them I loved going to. Most of the time it was guys jacking off and guys sucking off other guys. But occasionally a couple would come in or rarely a single horny woman. One place used to be in Buena Park and the other one was in Long Beach. I miss both of them and I really miss being able to go in and jack off. I had a woman ask to jack me off one time and it was very arousing as she stroked my cock and asked if she could have my load. I have had a few women jack me off in theaters and even joined in a circle jerk where well over 30 guys shot all over this woman who had her top off. Like I said I miss these places. It is to bad more people did not go and it is to bad the government could not leave these places alone.
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# AnDroid 2014-08-03 21:03
Jesus, thank you for sharing, John. Luckily in Oregon there are still many places to enjoy the freedom of being ejaculated on by thirty men.
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