Modern Living: Motel Blues

Not so long ago the Crest and Western motels in Los Angeles charged only $7 a night and their rooms still went begging. Now they are charging $26.50 —and turning customers away. The difference is that the two motels now show blue movies in their rooms over closed-circuit television.

The Crest's manager, Nick Valenta, has a ready explanation: "About 90% of our guests," he says, "are married couples who always wanted to see this stuff but didn't want to go out to a skin flick in a bar. Now they can watch in the...

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