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San Francisco Armory
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1800 Mission St San Francisco, CA 94103
1800 Mission StreetUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94103
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In January, 2007 Armory Studios, LLC announced that it had acquired the San Francisco National Guard Armory and Arsenal located at the corner of 14th and Mission Street.

This 200,000 square foot reproduction Moorish Castle was completed in 1914 and was used as a National Guard facility until 1976. It retains original period details including wainscoting, stone staircases, sweeping corridors, cavernous access to Mission Creek,and a gigantic drill court spanning almost an acre. It served as both a barricade and safety point for officers during rioting in San Francisco in 1934. Though for most of the past 40 years, it has sat vacant, it was used by George Lucas to film the first Star Wars movie.

The Armory was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and has been out of official use since this time. Previous conversion plans throughout the years were met with much community resistance for various reasons including gentrification and broader concerns relating to social and environmental impact. Armory Studios, remaining mindful of these concerns, plans to restore and renovate the Armory to its original splendor, style and beauty.

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"My best friend turned out to be a closed BDSM fan."
"Through the tour you will learn about porn studio operations..."
" became home to not-a-movie studio and how it is being used these days."
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Dmitry Berezhnoy
a month ago
Our 90 minutes tour was guided by Quinn (sounds almost like Queen, right?) and it was entertaining and funny from the beginning. We visited different sets on multiple floors including Dungeon (basement) and learned about history of the building, how it became home to not-a-movie studio and how it is being used these days. Through the tour you will learn about porn studio operations, hiring, policies, workshops, community e.t.c. Also it is a good chance to get detailed answers from professionals so feel free to ask ANY questions! From other reviews and pictures I can tell that content of the tour can change depending on studio workload and guide, so your experience may differ.
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Julia K
3 weeks ago
Actually surprised at how well put-together their tours are - worth it! They also throw great events (NYE and Halloween) that are worth paying for. Just beware the lines on those larger event dates...get there early.
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Evan Tang
in the last week
Cool tour of a historical building.
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Olivier Dieleman
a year ago
Very amusing tour in this historic building! The tour guide was informative, open for all questions and we got to see a lot of different sets and props. Also got some neat inside information! Glad I did the tour! Next time I'll play an extra ;)
Jess Harmon
2 months ago
Amazing building and decent tour, but I definitely didn't feel it was worth the admission price. Wish we would've gotten to see a live set!! ;)
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Ali Jabini
2 weeks ago
I went here on Halloween, great costumes fun env and people. I'd do this again if in the area.
Reverend Metalburner
a year ago
Tour- The building is beautiful and historical. Interesting, but not worth the price of admission. Our guide seemed disinterested and bitter. She reminded us several times that piracy puts people out of work. Felt a bit rushed. I would wish I would have been there to see a set being built for device bondage or talked with some of the props people.
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Chris Filo Gorgolewski
2 months ago
My best friend turned out to be a closed BDSM fan.


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