Online festish company
buys San Francisco Armory building
By Jeremy Lipps, Bay City News Service
January 9, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Internet fetish company
Kink.com announced it has purchased the State Armory and Arsenal
and plans to revive it as a production studio.
The deal was closed on Dec. 29 at the cost of $14.5 million and
was bought from Bak K Mortgage.
The 200,000 square foot reproduction of a Moorish castle was
completed in 1914 and served the National Guard until 1976, Kink.com
In 1978 the armory, located at 1800 Mission St., was listed on
the National Register of Historic Places and has been out of use
"I have been excited about the armory ever since I first
toured it 18 months ago,'' Kink.com founder and CEO Peter Acworth
said. "It is a historic monument with amazing character and
I believe it has wonderful potential as a movie production studio.
The building has not been used in 30 years and I look forward
to an exciting restoration project and helping revive San Francisco's
Kink.com plans to pursue mainstream movie deals with companies
that wish to use the site, which Kink.com believes will help bring
jobs to the community, Kink.com reported.
The Moorish design of the building incorporates many period design
details that lend themselves to Kink.com's core business of fetish
Such details include cavernous dungeon-like basements, stone
staircases, sweeping corridors and a gigantic drill court that
covers almost an acre, Kink.com reported. Kink.com intends to
use the building for its core business of making adult fetish
movies for internet distribution.
Filming in the new building could begin immediately but is tentatively
planned to begin in the next few weeks, Kink.com spokeswoman Cat
The film company now shoots about 10 scenes a week, 52 weeks
a year and with four new sites launching this year they expect
production to increase through the year, Rich said.
Long term plans for the site also include an attempt to obtain
an assembly permit for the drill court to be open for events and
fundraisers, the film company reported.
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