ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The show will not go on.
Organizers of the controversial Pornotopia event canceled the porn festival after they sais the city basically shut them down this year.
The Sunshine Theater was set to host Pornotopia 2010, but organizers said the city tried to make the event R-rated.
"It felt like a witch hunt," said Pornatopia director Matie Fricker.
In October the city banned adult films from the event that has been held at the Guild in Nob Hill for the past three years.
The city said the Guild was not zoned to feature adult films.
The film festival is known for showing off-beat and artsy pornos.
This year Pornotopia was going to move locations and change formats.
"We put together another show that was called Pornotopia Censored that was supposed to be a celebration of free speech," Fricker said.
The plan was to scrap the adult films and add a burlesque show and drag queen performances.
Fricker said the city sent a letter to the Sunshine Theater this week reminding them to watch it when it came to adult nudity.
Pornotopia can have live shows, but cannot emphasize even partial nudity for an extended period of time, according to city code.
"We didn't feel like it was safe to do a totally legal show, as planned," Fricker said.
A city zoning spokesperson said two zoning officers would have been the judge of what was acceptable and legal.
Fricker feels the law is too broad.
"It is so unclear that it is up to somebody's discretion," she said. "We can't craft a show based on what maybe someone may think of it."
There was talk of moving the event underground or to someone's house, but Fricker said that defeats the purpose.
"People deserve to go visit these places without shame," she said. "The who purpose is to celebrate sexuality."
The city did offer up locations that were zoned for Pornotopia, but all of those areas were in warehouses or industrial parks.
Pornotopia organizers said they too far out of the way.
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