The California Supreme Court has agreed to consider the constitutionality of a Long Beach ordinance that would ban the showing of pornographic movies at the Lakewood Theater on Carson Street.
Deputy City Prosecutor Gerry Ensley said a ruling would clarify a previous decision that held that theaters must show a "preponderance" of X-rated films in order to be considered adult theaters.
The Long Beach law passed in 1977 requires that no X-rated films can be exhibited in a theater closer than 500 feet of any residence or within 1,000 feet of a school. The Lakewood Theater is situated near a residential area and a block from Long Beach City College.
The state Court of Appeal ruled that it only applies to theaters that show a "preponderance" of X-rated movies. After the ruling, the Lakewood Theater started showing both R-rated and X-rated movies on separate screens so that the court's ruling would not be violated.