Valley Brook continues to ponder all-nude strip club

The Valley Brook town trustees met Tuesday to discuss the possibility of an all-nude strip club in the tiny Oklahoma City suburb.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: October 8, 2013 at 11:32 pm •  Published: October 9, 2013

“I can't believe the cops and the lawyers are in this together,” Watts said at the meeting. “We really don't need this in our town ... I can't believe the chief over there is going along with this.”

Watts said Valley Brook already has “a reputation,” but that most people living in the town are regular, middle class residents. He said allowing an all-nude strip club would worsen Valley Brook's reputation.

“You come here on a Friday and Saturday night and see what they do over there in the parking lots,” Watts said. “Adding this (the all-nude club), it's just going to make it worse for us living here.”

Laws on all-nude clubs

Valley Brook has plenty of strip clubs packed inside its tiny geographic boundaries.

But all-nude strip clubs — anywhere in Oklahoma — are extremely rare. Oklahoma City doesn't even allow such establishments to operate.

In fact, Thompson said, only two all-nude clubs are operating today in Oklahoma: one in Lawton and one in Tulsa.

Most all-nude clubs were put out of business or changed their policies in the late 1980s, when Oklahoma lawmakers made it illegal to serve alcohol in totally nude establishments.

Thompson said the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that all-nude dancing was legal in Oklahoma, describing it as “artistic expression,” but that local regulations have made such establishments scarce in the state.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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