San Pornando Valley…

Last week, LukeIsBack.com posted (both links NSFW) a really fascinating discussion about why the San Fernando Valley has become a haven for the adult industry.

Here’s one example:

I think most Valley residents are blissfully unaware of how much porn production takes place in their neighborhoods. Porn Valley is pretty good about respecting the rights of those who probably wouldn’t appeciate a quintuple anal albino gangbang taking place next door. Aside from a few extra cars and the occasional glimpse of a girl with big jugs walking to the front door with a suitcase, you wouldn’t suspect that anything unusual was going on.

Still, sometimes when residents discover you’re shooting porn in their zip code, they go completely insane, call the police, put up flyers etc.. yet somehow they don’t mind having entire streets shut down and blinding lights shining at 11pm when a Hollywood movie is being shot in their neighborhood.

And another one:

Here’s the other thing I’ll say about why the S.F. Valley is great for all things porn. Number one, you have so many strip clubs in the 818 that it’s crazy! Spearmint Rhino, Deja Vu, and so many others that I can’t name them all. Many of the porn girls do feature dancing, and you’ll find them on any random weekend at one of these spots. Sometimes you’ll even see porn girls who just work there, and are not advertised as the feature dancer.

The other great thing that I will definitely miss is that, for my money, the Valley has the best video stores to rent porn of anywhere I’ve seen. It makes sense, because their major suppliers are all right here. And since I’m going to be leaving anyway, I might as well tell those of you who are interested where the best porno rental places are in the Valley. These places have been my porno lifelines for all my years here.

The entire discussion after the jump.

Is Life In Porn Valley Surreal?

Tom Leykis Fan posts to ADT:

Can some of you industry ‘insiders’ please share some comments on what life is like in the San Fernando Valley (northwest of Los Angeles)? Most of us aren’t living there so all we have is our imaginations and all the porn we can watch! Yeah!

I mean with the adult film industry in the billions of dollars anually: isn’t it well known by the regular residents of the San Fernando Valley that there is the highest capacity per capita of pornstars, producers, directors, and studios anywhere in the world?

Like when you go to the Carl’s Junior in Canoga Park or Chatsworth and there is a smokin’ hot latina working the drive thru, don’t people think: she should do porn? Do the regular folks down there talk about the porn industry in regular conversation like the local mill or the local navy base, etc?

Does the city government embrace the industry…I mean we all live in areas where they pass ordinances on how far away strippers have to be from customers.

I know the area is pretty vast and wide geographically but with the big gun studios like PXP, RLD, Anabolic/ Diabolic, Vivid, Wicked, Evil Angel, Elegant Angel, Zero Tolerance, Hustler, JKP, New Sensations, Sin City, etc, etc, and their warehouses isn’t it a little surreal to be surrounded by so much smut?

Quasarman writes:

“The valley, originally an agricultural area, occupies 260 square miles (670 square km) and is the location of several Los Angeles suburban residential communities including…”

Most porn companies don’t have their names emblazoned on the outside of the building so most look like just any other industrial structure.

I think most Valley residents are blissfully unaware of how much porn production takes place in their neighborhoods. Porn Valley is pretty good about respecting the rights of those who probably wouldn’t appeciate a quintuple anal albino gangbang taking place next door. Aside from a few extra cars and the occasional glimpse of a girl with big jugs walking to the front door with a suitcase, you wouldn’t suspect that anything unusual was going on.

Still, sometimes when residents discover you’re shooting porn in their zip code, they go completely insane, call the police, put up flyers etc.. yet somehow they don’t mind having entire streets shut down and blinding lights shining at 11pm when a Hollywood movie is being shot in their neighborhood.

Also, the city issues film permits just like it would for a Steven Speilberg movie as long as you pay the fee.

Life out here is not even close to Heaven unless you enjoy mile after endless mile of strip malls and 7-11’s.

Vertigo Vic writes:

Besides the usual lines out the door of girls ready to give head, everyone forgetting which Ferrari is their’s and wild sex parties every night, its pretty normal.

There’s enough of the entertainment industry in LA (music, movies, etc) that porn goes by pretty unnoticed. The valley also holds about two million people, so unless you were looking for it, you’d never notice the porn. Although I used to see Eric Everhard, Nick Manning and Dan Miller at the gym, and Keri Sable at Starbucks, I don’t think anyone else in either place noticed. In LA most people are too consumed with themselves anyway.

JABnLA writes:

I use to manage a luxury apartment complex in Sherman Oaks in the late ’90s. It was there that I first met several of the performers that I know (most are retired or semi-retired now). As they were wont to keep an understandably low-profile, most of the other residents didn’t even know. It is pretty much an easy place to be anonymous, as any large city would be.

I happen to find parts of the Valley very beautiful. The many overlooks with views of the Valley on Mulholland …the hills south of Ventura Bl. in the West Valley…Beverly Glen and the other Canyon passes…Calabasas and the portions of Topanga Canyon that are in the Valley…the rocky cliffs and horse country in Chatsworth where alot of the old westerns were filmed…Hansen Dam is very pretty – especially at night!

GNSM100 writes:

I have lived in the Valley for most of my 41 years. Specifically, Woodland Hills. South of Ventura, West of Topanga, yada yada yada.

With the exception of a few big porn names showing up on some Sunday afternoons during the summer months at the Sagebrush Cantina, you don’t run into anyone special here.
T
he Valley is a place primarily occupied by single family, detached homes, multi-unit apartment buildings, an infinite number of strip malls, and tons of retail stores of all kinds. It’s the original suburbia. Think “Brady Bunch” type houses.

These days, English is the 3rd most common language, after Spanish and Arabic/Armenian/Hebrew/Farsi (those sound all the same to me so I’ll lump them together).

Canoga Park & Chatsworth are probably the most industrial-looking places in the West Valley, having an almost infinite amount of “tilt-up” 1 and 2 story buildings that are 20% office and 80% warehouse. Porn companies use these types of facilities.

Driving by, one would not be able to tell. If you broke into one, you’d see 2,500 square feet of cheap office space and 10,000 square feet of warehouse. There, you’d see a crew of immigrant workers packing VHS tapes & DVDs into large shipping boxes. It might as well be books, screwdrivers or anything else. The novelty of what’s being packed and shipped wears off by the first lunch break of the first day.

There’s not much of a nightlife going on here with the exception of a few trendy restaurants along Ventura here and there, but it’s nothing like Sunset. In fact, the Valley’s area code (818) is kind of a lousy one to have when exchanging digits with women from “over the hill” (Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, etc.) Man…I wish I had Vonage back in the day…but I digress….

Swinger parties are decent here, but, I suspect they are no different than anywhere else in a big city. The porn industry has never had any real impact on parties. I have seen a few porn names at some, but generally speaking, their presence does not make the party any better. Porn people tend to be non-participants. Another coincidence is that many of the houses / locations that are used for swing parties are also used in porn shoots. It’s pretty funny to be watching a porn and seeing a table I’ve sat at and ate food from, being used as a “bed” DP. Next time I’m there, I’ll make sure I don’t eat anything that falls off my plate!

DVD4me writes: "Lived in CHATSWORTH for 19 years, and only saw one porn star on the streets ever."

Sole Brother writes:

I live in Studio City, which is one of the cooler parts of the Valley, IMO. People from the other side of the hill don’t roll their eyes as much when you say Studio City. I used to live in Canoga Park, and Woodland Hills before that.

Since I’ve been in Studio City, I’ve had more than a few celeb sightings…both porn and mainstream Hollywood. Just last week I went to a popular Mexican restaurant and sat next to a table with a bunch of gorgeous black actresses (Gabrielle Union, Essence Atkins, Regina Hall, and a few others). Nice. And on the porn side, I once struck up a conversation with Trevor and Lezley Zen at a different trendy Mexican spot. I didn’t know they did porn until they told me.

Other random porn sightings have been Shay Sights at my nearest Starbucks, Mr. Marcus numerous times, Pandora Dreams at a local video store (in the adult section), and a good friend of mine tried unsuccessfully to pick up Charlene Aspen at a Fatburger.

Here’s the other thing I’ll say about why the S.F. Valley is great for all things porn. Number one, you have so many strip clubs in the 818 that it’s crazy! Spearmint Rhino, Deja Vu, and so many others that I can’t name them all. Many of the porn girls do feature dancing, and you’ll find them on any random weekend at one of these spots. Sometimes you’ll even see porn girls who just work there, and are not advertised as the feature dancer.

The other great thing that I will definitely miss is that, for my money, the Valley has the best video stores to rent porn of anywhere I’ve seen. It makes sense, because their major suppliers are all right here. And since I’m going to be leaving anyway, I might as well tell those of you who are interested where the best porno rental places are in the Valley. These places have been my porno lifelines for all my years here. Enjoy:

Red Hot Video on Ventura in Studio City. Really good for compilation dvds, if that’s your thing.

-20/20 Video on Sepulveda in Van Nuys. I love this place. Really great for ethnic titles (black and latin). This is where I met Pandora Dreams.

-Excitement Video on Ventura in Tarzana. Hit and miss, but mostly pretty good. And the number one place of all is:

-Video 10 on Saticoy Ave. in Canoga Park. I swore I would never tell anyone about this place, because I wanted it all to myself. But hell, I’m moving and getting married, so why not? On the outside, it looks like any mom & pop video store. But lemme tell you…it has the largest selection of porn I’ve ever seen. They get 98% of all the new releases, and they stock multiple titles of each of them. Plus the rentals are so cheap! I think it’s like $2.25 per rental or something like that. If you go there, trust me, you’ll thank me.

Christian writes: "If you frequent the Powerhouse gym at Nordorf and Desoto in Chatsworth, you can always see pornstars or directors going in and out because of the cafe and tanning salon."

Porn star Kinzie Kener writes:

i grew up in the SFV and really didnt have a clue about how much porn was being shot around the block, i once saw a porn film being shot by my moms old office when i was like 11 years old or something, i didnt really know what it was since my mom worked in a coorportate area, when i started doing porn i was pretty shocked because like 90% of these buildings that i grew up around and never new what they were i was now going in to pretty much daily to shoot porn. the benefit of being in porn valley is that everything is local and pretty easy to find, i finally moved out of california all together but still go back each month, it was eye opening to grow up where i did, i think i got to see more and experience certian things that some people dont get to other places, in my life i probably moved to 15 different areas in the SFV or close…good times!