Metro-East News

Adult films prompt East St. Louis to close theater

After receiving a tip from a resident, East St. Louis city officials shut down the Colony Theater for showing adult films and operating without a business or liquor license, city officials said.

The owner of the business, which is located at 4500 Forest Blvd., could not be reached for comment. A woman at the Colony Theater told officials she was leasing the business. City leaders did not release the woman’s name.

Deputy Liquor Commissioner Natavia Sanders said adult films are not allowed in East St. Louis theaters and during her investigation of the place, she found the owner to be showing adult films.

“They didn’t have a city or state liquor license or a business license,” she said.

Police Chief Michael Hubbard said the business is closed until further notice. He said police went to the business at 12:15 a.m. Saturday.

“We closed the business at the time, pending further hearings with liquor commissioners,” Hubbard said.

He also said the business was operating without a business or liquor license.

Sanders said the city’s reports on the business will be forwarded to Illinois State Police and to St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly for further review.

Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks said she could not discuss any further specifics of the case because there is an ongoing investigation.

Sanders said the investigation began after she received a lengthy letter from a resident.

Sanders said when residents get involved and talk to city leaders, things can get done to correct problems. She encourages more residents to get involved and let city leaders know what’s going on and she promises that all reports will be taken seriously and investigated fully.

Carolyn P. Smith: 618-239-2503