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Jan 13, 2007, 03:34 PM
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From whipping into shape to just plain whipping

"Kink is proud to bring its high standards to the neighborhood, he added, because Kink stands for decency in p***no****.", that got me laughing.

The whole thing is a bit of a hoot


Ex-armory turns into site
Kink, a Web-based distributor, buys historic S.F. building to film its bondage movies

Steve Rubenstein, Chronicle Staff Writer

Saturday, January 13, 2007

A friendly band of San Francisco can't wait to get inside the old armory on Mission Street and start tying people up, artistically.

Not only tying them up, but also spanking them, swatting them, cuffing them and whipping them, with sensitivity.

"This is going to be very exciting,'' said director James Mogul. "What an opportunity.''

The other day, Mogul paid a visit to the cavernous old armory, just to look around. The Moorish-style brick building was recently purchased for $14.5 million by Kink, a Web-based distributor that outgrew its South of Market dungeon.

The armory, built in 1912, served as a military induction and training center during the two world wars. It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places but has been empty since 1970. In recent years, plans to build apartments, offices and an Internet switching facility never got off the ground.

At present, kids on skateboards practice their moves on its front steps, and homeless people sleep in its doorways. Its windows are broken and boarded up, its walls covered with graffiti, and its dungeonlike basement is peeling, chipping, rotting and moldering.

Acworth said not only is the armory big enough to meet all his needs, he also plans to rent out extra space in the building to mainstream filmmakers.

"It could soon become the San Francisco Film Center,'' he said.

Residents aren't quite sure what to make of their new neighbor. Luis Granados, the executive director of the Mission Economic Development Association, said his group found it had no legal grounds to object to having a next door.

"Whatever you might think about what they're doing, it's perfectly legal,'' he said. "Do I think it's a good fit for our family-based neighborhood? No, I don't.''

Kink will do its part to fit in, said Acworth, pledging to fix the broken windows and the graffiti right away. Kink is proud to bring its high standards to the neighborhood, he added, because Kink stands for decency in . "We have values,'' Acworth said. "We believe in showing respect toward women in our work.''

As for vulgarity, Acworth said, that's all relative. The building's original purpose, he pointed out, was to train soldiers to kill people.

"That's obscenity,'' he said. "What we plan to do is nothing compared with what this building was intended for.''

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