Joel Davis, The Oregonian. HBO recently wrapped up the first season of "The Deuce," a drama about the pimps, prostitutes and the rise of the porn industry in s New York City. For people who only know the cleaned-up Times Square of today, it's hard to believe that the heart of the Big Apple was ever this gritty. Donald Wilson, The Oregonian. But the adult theaters that used to be all over town — there were as many as 18 at their peak — have almost completely vanished.