|Phone +1 503-334-2577|
|Full name Ron Jeremy's Club Sesso|
Location downtown Portland, Oregon
Opened June 19, 2009 (2009-06-19)
Closed June 20, 2015 (2015-06-20)
Address 824 SW 1st Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA
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Description and history
Club Sesso opened at 824 Southwest 1st Avenue in downtown Portland on June 19, 2009. The club was endorsed by American pornographic film actor Ron Jeremy and billed as an "upscale, high-energy swingers club" where members could engage in sexual activities.
In June 2014, Portland Fire and Rescue denied a permit to the club due to its incomplete renovation. On June 28, while Club Sesso was hosting an anniversary party, a fire inspector determined that the business was in violation of city code. However, fire marshall Doug Jones, who was not on duty that evening, intervened and overruled the inspector's ruling, saying "that there would be no repercussions from the Fire Bureau as a result of the lack of permits".
In June 2015, owner Paul Smith announced that Club Sesso was closing due to legal fees, which reached nearly $100,000. He said of the club's closure, "Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, and the continual and substantial nonlitigation legal fees during the past year, and our inability to reach reasonable agreements with the various government agencies involved, Club Sesso is no longer able to stay in business. Saturday June 20th will be our last event... Six years and one day after we opened." The club's last day of operations was June 20, 2015. According to Smith, lawyers are "evaluating all options in reopening" the club in the future.