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August 14, 1990 | JOHN NEEDHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The last picture show of its kind folded quietly a few weeks back, but don't expect any public mourning. Oh sure, men who didn't get the word still walk up to the ticket window, only to be disappointed. And as they slink back to their cars, they don't want to give their names, don't want their pictures taken, don't want to rhapsodize over memorable films they watched in darkness.
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NEWS
January 25, 1990 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles city officials have obtained a temporary restraining order that imposes a curfew and strict operating conditions on a Hollywood adult theater they say is a center for prostitution and vice. The restraining order was issued Jan. 18 by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John Zebrowski against the operator and owners of the Projection Room Theater at 713 N. Western Ave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
A Santa Ana savings and loan's efforts to close down an adult theater in nearby Honer Plaza was rejected by the courts again Monday, this time by the 4th District Court of Appeal. The state appellate court in Santa Ana found no merit to a lawsuit by the Lincoln Savings & Loan Assn. against the owners of the Mitchell Bros. theater, who already had won a 10-year battle with the city of Santa Ana to keep their adult movie house open.
NEWS
June 29, 1989 | From Associated Press
Cities can restrict the location of theaters that show certain types of sexually explicit films on a "regular basis," the state Supreme Court ruled today over the first-ever dissent of new Justice Joyce Kennard. The case, from Long Beach, involved the issue of how often a theater must show sex films to qualify as an "adult" theater subject to zoning restrictions in many cities. Four of the seven justices, led by Chief Justice Malcolm Lucas, voted to allow restrictions on theaters that have a "regular and substantial course of conduct" of showing films that portray specified sexual activities or parts of the body.
NEWS
October 18, 1987
In response to letter-writer Patricia Fay's complaint regarding the Pussycat Theater in the Uptown Village of Whittier, I am puzzled why she is punishing innocent merchants for its existence by refusing to shop in this area. We do not endorse the theater's presence, but when it was family oriented, it was a baby-sitter haven, with children and litter abandoned on the sidewalks. Today's patrons sneak in quietly, even to the ridiculous point of disguise, and the sidewalks are clean. The Noa-Noa bar directly across the street -- with loud, boisterous patrons--concerns me more than the theater.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1987
The last remaining lawsuit against the Mitchell Bros. Theatre in Santa Ana was dismissed Thursday, freeing the X-rated movie house from the litigation that has surrounded its operations for a decade. Superior Court Commissioner Julian Cimbaluk decided a nearby business failed to show that the theater is a public nuisance. Although Cimbaluk offered to give lawyers for Lincoln Savings & Loan Assn. more time to try again, the firm's lawyers declined. Attorney James J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1987 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
For the 51st time in two years, a judge Wednesday refused to shut down the Mitchell Brothers adult movie theater in Santa Ana as a public nuisance. Orange County Superior Court Judge Gary L. Taylor denied the request by Lincoln Savings & Loan Assn., a neighbor of the theater, for a preliminary injunction, ruling that it failed to show an emergency exists. Taylor told lawyers for Lincoln Savings that they should schedule a full trial on their claims, rather than seek an emergency order.
NEWS
May 29, 1987 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
In a case raising free-speech issues, the California Supreme Court on Thursday refused to block the revocation of a Los Angeles adult theater owner's permit to show films on charges he knowingly allowed patrons to engage in illegal sexual conduct. The court, over one dissent, declined to hear claims that revocation of the permit by city officials violated the constitutional rights of the theater owner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1987 | Staff writers Bob Schwartz, Andy Rose and Maria L. LaGanga compiled the Week in Review stories
It took more than $400,000 for Santa Ana to get a handful of films declared pornographic and banned from further screenings at the Mitchell Brothers Santa Ana Adult Theatre. No judge ever came close to granting what the city really wanted--a padlock on the front door. The 11-year struggle to shut down the X-rated cinema proved fruitless, admitted City Attorney Edward J. Cooper. The few banned films mattered little to the theater.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1987 | ANDY ROSE, Times Staff Writer
United Artists Communications will not renew its lease with the Mitchell Brothers adult movie theater in Santa Ana when it expires in 1990, a company official said Tuesday. That decision came a day after Santa Ana city officials ended their 11-year effort to close the theater, agreeing to pay the owners $200,000 and to drop about 40 lawsuits in exchange for the firm's promise to stop advertising its X-rated movies on its 17th Street marquee.
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