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Will the porn industry move to Nevada?

Since Measure B passed and Los Angeles county now requires porn shoots to use condoms, the porn industry has been making noise about packing up and relocating. The most frequently proposed new porn capital would be Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Sun looks at the possibility and weighs the pros and cons of Los Angeles vs Las Vegas.

One advantage to moving: the Las Vegas area has lots of empty McMansions. One studio head notes that renting out for porn shoots “would be an attractive revenue stream for homeowners struggling to avoid foreclosure. ‘If somebody’s losing a house, they can probably rent it out for two days a month (to us) and keep that house’.”

One disadvantage: even if all the pornstars move, Las Vegas doesn’t have a comparable talent pool of lighting and sound crews, production assistants, set designers, etc. The Sun quotes Joanna Angel on the prospect of a mass industry exodus: “It would block itself off from being the part of the film industry that it is. L.A. is the place for film; you move there whether you want to do porn, commercials or anything in that genre.”

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