United States[ edit ] The earliest erotic theatres in the U. S erotic theatres had fallen below Often, erotic theatres have been forced to move to the outskirts of cities in order to protect real estate prices in city centers.
In its decision on City of Renton v. There are approximately sixty adult movie theaters in the Netherlands. In addition to municipal rules a national rule was introduced, requiring adult movie theatres to have a pornography display license.
An advertisement of the company should contain its license number. The theater must have a sign outside showing the company is licensed, whilst inside, a copy of the license must be displayed. Non-commercial sexual activities by and amongst clients would not require an additional license, but prostitution on-premises would require an additional prostitution company license. Nob Hill theater advertising video arcade Adult video arcades are pornographic movie viewing areas where masturbation is tolerated and expected and sometimes openly encouraged.
They are almost always attached to a sex shop or an adult book store , where magazines, movies, and sexual aids are sold. An arcade, which is a type of peep show , consists of typically a dozen or more private or sometimes semi-private viewing booths, containing a video monitor, a panel of controls, and a seat.
Sometimes the booths have paper towels for the semen, and a wastebasket. Sometimes these booths are arranged in a maze-like fashion. Often the lighting will be dim, perhaps only red or green lights near each booth, indicating their availability. In their origin they were exclusively male.
It was one film per booth, no choice after entering. While a few existed in the age of the 8mm movie, the relative simplicity of the VCR caused them to multiply.
The source was now racks of self-rewinding VCR tape players, instead of the cumbersome projectors. Still, a system required a certain amount of maintenance — breakdowns needed to be repaired, and there were a lot of things to break — which implied good management. Transactions[ edit ] Movie time is purchased either by coin or cash activation within the booth, or by purchasing tokens or a block of time in advance. On some systems four videos may be viewed simultaneously in quadrants of the screen.
New video systems operate with computers and provide a selection of several thousand movies. Fixtures[ edit ] It is possible for arcades in Europe to have two-person booths, where the seating accommodates a pair sitting together. But this is unusual, and outside Europe unknown. They may have windows so "buddies" may watch each other masturbate. Between other booths there may be glory holes for oral sex , tolerated by the management which otherwise would seal the holes.
That second person, who wishes to have oral sex performed on them will take the adjoining booth and normally remain standing.