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CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) — The new owner of a prolonged-troubled grownup retail store in southern Indiana is hoping to reopen in spite of thrust back again from the town of Clarksville. 

Theatair X, found off Interstate 65 on U.S. 31, closed very last week just after a judge ruled that the suspension of the shop’s small business license in 2018 was justified. 

A indicator, that has considering the fact that been burned, was posted on the door of the Clarksville enterprise that suggests “Midwest Entertainment Ventures has been marketed. Theater x is now shut. A new proprietor may well reopen at a later on time. Thank you for your business.” 

The new operator, Clarksville Ministries LLC, is suing the town, declaring it is illegally refusing to problem a new adult business enterprise license.

The grownup venue has prolonged faced issued just after repeated code violations. In 2018, an inspector discovered numerous violations, which include quite a few walls with holes in them that linked the closet-like rooms in the back again of the developing. Police have also built dozens of arrests at the area.

A purported “glory hole” at TheatairX (image: Clarksville Police, 2015)

The new proprietor promises to want to reopen in buy to market “sexually themed but non-obscene publications, journals, and films as nicely as intimacy products and solutions, marital aids, carrying attire, sexual aids, undergarments, and novelties” the match claimed.

According to the Indiana Secretary of State’s business office, Clarksville Ministries LLC was registered on Aug. 3, 2021. 

The lawsuit promises that the town of Clarksville has failed to correctly distribute an grownup company license to the new operator following its application. In addition, it notes that proposed adjustments to Clarksville’s zoning ordinances would make it unachievable for an adult company to open in the location. The Clarksville System Fee is predicted to fulfill at 7 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the improvements which consist of growing the distance an grownup business enterprise can be from a household place from 500 feet to 750 toes. 

Meanwhile, Greg Fifer, an attorney for Clarksville said Thursday afternoon that the application by Clarksville Ministries, LLC was incomplete. He also famous that the existing grownup business license for Midwest Entertainment Ventures is nonetheless legitimate and that two licenses simply cannot be dispersed for the exact site. 

Matt Hoffer, an attorney for Clarksville Ministries LLC, claims an amended software has been filed that features a new floorplan for the house that must fulfill the specifications “if the fee follows it’s individual policies.”

“The new proprietor saw an possibility to select up this legendary institution and reopen it in a greater sort,” Hoffer said. “It can be hypocritical that the town of Clarksville pressured the prior operator with adult businesses ordinances and when the tables are turned, they are disregarding those identical ordinances.”

But the Organizing Fee of Clarksville voted on a proposal Thursday night that could assure Theatair X will in no way open up on the residence yet again.

The vote leaves the long term of the organization unclear, as the city is certain grownup organizations decrease the assets values of bordering spots and leads to far more crime — which was just one of the arguments heard at the setting up commission assembly on Thursday.

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