Judge asked to banish stripping at Oklahoma City club

Oklahoma City officials call Red Light Nights Gentleman’s Club a public nuisance.
by Nolan Clay Modified: May 26, 2014 at 10:00 pm •  Published: May 25, 2014

At Red Light Nights Gentleman’s Club in south Oklahoma City, lap dances are priced at $20 a song.

If Oklahoma City’s attorneys have their way, that and all other “adult entertainment” activities will stop at the longtime club just west of Interstate 35.

Attorneys last week asked an Oklahoma County judge to order Red Light Nights to stop operating as a strip club.

The city is complaining in a lawsuit that the club — which once was a country western bar — is operating illegally. The city is complaining the club’s location does not qualify for adult entertainment use.

The city also is complaining that the club is a public nuisance because it is within 500 feet of “an area zoned for residential use.” Directly across the street from the club are a sign shop, the sign shop owner’s house and an empty house. A block farther west — on Glenn Avenue — are four more modest houses.

The city is asking District Judge Patricia Parrish to order that “complete closure or restrictions on use of the property are necessary to maintain public health, welfare, decency and order, and to protect the community from harm.”

The lawsuit could mark the start of a crackdown by the city on strip clubs that have existed for years near residential areas.

The city sent a notice to Red Light Nights in September, giving the club 10 days to take action itself. The club’s owner was warned then a judge could go as far as to order the building demolished.

Four customers were shot at the club in June 2011 when a gunman fired through the front door from the parking lot, records show. In 2009, a customer died after being beaten by others inside the club.

Club owner Brenda Belflower said she expects she will fight the lawsuit.

“Hopefully, it all goes well,” she said. “It’s just adult entertainment like many more around town. I think that’s as good a one as any in town. I don’t go in there. I’m 72 years old. No. I just make sure the property’s kept up and everything’s in order.”

by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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