A sex cinema in Limehouse has been closed after the landlord discovered it was operating from the basement of a residential building he owned.
The cinema – called The Office – was located in the basement of Comro Building one the corner of Devenport Street and Commercial Road, which consists of six apartments.
The landlord reportedly had no idea what the tenants were using the property for and evicted them as soon as he discovered what was going on.
The cinema, called ‘The Office’ was a continuation of Club 487, another sex cinema in New Cross, which closed down three months ago after regular protests from locals and Lewisham Council.
According to the London Swingers’ Forum, the cinema will continue to operate in new location in few weeks time.
The new sex cinema became one of the most discussed themes on the forum and included detailed descriptions of what was happening in the property.
One contributor said: “Tower Hamlets council doesn’t license sex establishments such as cinemas. [It’s] marketed as an LGBT meeting place to get round that as it’ll look like homophobia from the council if they try to close it down”.
According to its website the cinema was regarded as “a secure meeting place for the LGBT community, which provides coffee, tea and soft drinks.”
Susan Mulligan, a spokesperson for Tower Hamlets council, confirmed that Limehouse’s cinema did not possess a license to operate as a sexual entertainment business.
She said: “Their potential application would be a subject to the planning permission process for sexual entertainment businesses”.
Tower Hamlets Sex Establishment Licensing says that local authority strongly refuses such applications, unless certain exceptional circumstances are taken into consideration, such as significant distance from schools, residential buildings or places of worship.
Currently there are 11 businesses within Tower Hamlets area that operate under the legal license.