Tour of’s Armory Studios

200,000 square foot, historic National Guard Armory and Arsenal turned studio


In 1978, The Armory‘s rich history and architecture was recognized as a historic landmark.   This Moorish style castle replication originally acted as the armory and arsenal for the National Guard.  Since then, it has hosted prizefights and was a site for Star Wars filming.   The Armory is now owned by and is used as a film studio for a number of its BDSM and fetish related porn websites.  The 90 minute guided tour of The Armory takes you across a couple of floors of the 5 store structure and provides you with tidbits of information on BDSM and The Armory’s history.  You will have wonderful opportunities to check out a few sets, admire some props, and fantasize about the drill court’s future potential.  Take time to admire the corridors and the classic photos that decorate the walls.  Don’t forget to keep an eye out for models.


In hindsight, I would have preferred a private tour.  I didn’t appreciate that our tour was slightly postpone for a few latecomers and that two people felt inclined to walk away from the group; however, I did enjoy viewing the section of The Armory that has yet to be restored.  I loved the aged look and the sight of flowing water.  Not only were the sets fun to admire and fantasize about, but it was also nice to hear plans about The Armory Community Center.  By the end of the tour, I developed a deeper appreciation for directors who focus on personal interests and dedication to reviewing its model’s limits before each gig.  At the end of the tour, each attendee received a card to enjoy extended happy hour prices at the affiliated bar and another card with 20 free kink credits.

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Tips & Tricks:

Timing is Everything.  Unless you want to wander around the perimeter of the building or spend some time at the local bar, don’t arrive too early.  My date and I arrived with about eight minutes to spare and were instructed to wait outside or visit the affiliated bar across the street, The Armory Club.  My two cents:  If you consider visiting the bar prior to the tour, schedule appropriately and take the bar’s Tuesday through Friday, 5pm-8pm, happy hour into consideration.

Don’t be Tardy!  Skip the hassle and arrive with just a few minutes to fill out appropriate paperwork. Promptness is especially important if you had trouble registering for the tour online.  During my visit, a group was about ten minutes late and was almost rejected.  I could only blame the group’s tardiness.  The tour is time limited.  Be courteous and don’t make others wait.

Never Paying Full price.  After noticing that a promo code was accepted at checkout, I did a quick online search and fell upon a Yelp Deal for the tour.  I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I could save $15 when purchasing two tickets and avoid the $6 surcharge.  The Yelp Deal requires a couple of steps, but I found that taking the extra two minutes was well worth it.  Here are the instructions:  First purchase the Yelp Deal.  Then retrieve your Redemption Code from Yelp, via My Deal section of the Yelp website or App.  Next go to The Armory ticket sales webpage and click on the date/time that works with your schedule.  Proceed by selecting 2 as your quantity and then click the “Add to Cart” button.  Continue by adding your Redemption Code to the “Enter Promo Code” box, hit “Apply,” then “Checkout” and voilà!

Look for Chez!  If you visit The Armory Club and want exceptional service from a friendly bartender, ask for Chez.  Tell her sent you!