‘Circus of Books’: LA’s iconic porn shop turned into LGBTQ community center

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Karen Mason and Barry Mason run Circus of Books, a porn shop in LA. Their shop is now the subject of a new Netflix documentary. Photo courtesy of Netflix.

Our critics review “The Quarry,” about a man who murders a preacher and then becomes the new leader of a small-town church; “The Booksellers,” a documentary about the world of rare book dealers and how they plan to survive the internet; and Netflix’s “Circus of Books,” about the iconic mom-and-pop gay porn store in LA. 


Alonso Duralde - film critic for The Wrap and author of “Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas” - @ADuralde, Dave White - film critic for The Wrap and co-host of the podcast Linoleum Knife - @dlelandwhite

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