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July 30, 1850
Ordinance 21 (draft)

“Keeping a Monte Bank, Faro Bank, Roulette Table, or other Table, Billiard Table or Nine or Ten Pin Alley; or of giving an exhibition of Theatrical or Circus performances or of any other public amusements.” - (1850-1874 Minutes and Ordinances Date Range: (06/17/1850-11/04/1874))

Entertainment is a vital function of all cities and upon its establishment in 1850, San Diego began to require licenses for many forms of entertainment.  In this section researchers will find communications, reports and petitions to the City Council about licensing and regulation of dance halls, nightclubs, movies, bowling, billiards, circuses, exhibitions, card games, and theaters.  Also, researchers should consult the Alcohol, Liquor and Saloon section of the “Special Collections.”

Documents are organized into sub-topics and arranged chronologically.

Dance Halls:

PDF icon 7 June 1913 Dance_Hall_Ordinance

PDF icon 18 April 1919 Communication_from_City_Attorney Amending_Section_6_18

PDF icon 18_April_1919_Ordinance_Amending_Ordinance_No_7615_Regulating_Public_Dance_Halls

PDF icon 30 July 1919 City_Attorney_Proposes_Ordinance_Regulating_Dance_Halls

PDF icon 5 August 1931 Communication_re Licensing_Petition_of_MR Kennedy

PDF icon 4 November 1933 P Arriola_Requesting_that_Dance_Hall_License_be_Reinstated

PDF icon 4_September_1934_Authorizing_Ordinance_to_Repeal_Ordinance_7761_and_7810

PDF icon 16 October 1934 Chief_of_Police_re_Cancellation_of_Dance-in-Cafe

PDF icon 1 December 1934 Communication_from_F Fieger_re_Dance_Dine_License

PDF icon 23 August 1935 Communication_from_City_Attorney_re Tavern_Hacienda

PDF icon 13_September_1935_Chief_of_Police_Recommends_License_Revoked_at_States_Beer_Hall

PDF icon 21 June 1938 Application_for_Public_Dance_at_1753_India_St

PDF icon 2 July 1938 Application_of_Mrs J_Sciuto Public_Dance_Disapproved

PDF icon 2_July_1938_Chief_of_Police_Recommendation

PDF icon 12 June 1939 Communication_from_Police_Dept_re_J Sciuto

PDF icon 31 July 1939 Communication_from_Chief_of_Police_re J Sciuto

PDF icon 31 July 1939 Application_of_J Sciuto_for_License_to_Conduct_a_Public_Dance

PDF icon 7_August_1939_Denial_of_Petition_re_Dine_and_Dance

PDF icon 4_June_1940_Proposed_Amendments_to_Ordinance_507_and_581

PDF icon 16 December 1940 City_Manager_Opinion_re_License_for_Pacific_Square

PDF icon 29_July_1941_Chief_of_Police_Denies_License

PDF icon 5_August_1941_Social_Welfare_Recommends_Revoking_Consolidated_Employees_Club_License

PDF icon 6 September 1941 City_Manager_Recommends_George_Hunter_be_Denied

PDF icon 30 March 1942 Social_Welfare_Department_Response to After-Midnight Dances for USO

PDF icon 19_October_1942_City_Manager_Denies_Public_Dance_Where_Liquor_is_Consumed

PDF icon 31 July 1943 Chief_of_Police_Recommendation on_Dance_Licenses

PDF icon 13_December_1943_City_Manager_Recommends_Suspension_of_Dine-dance_630_market_st

PDF icon 25_July_1944_City_Manager_Approves_Dine-Dance_at_1020_State_Street

PDF icon 8 August 1944 City_Manager_Reporting_on_Albert_Una_Bertolino_Dine-Dance

PDF icon 3 October 1944 La_Mesa_Officials_Respond to City Council re The Chico Club 7366 El Cajon Blvd

PDF icon 3_April_1945_Deputy_City_Attorney_Submits_Opinion

PDF icon 9 April 1945 Resident_Opposes Dance_Halls_Near_Main Street and Logan_Heights

PDF icon 17 April 1945 Communicaton_from_City_Manager_re_Silver_Slipper_Dance_Hall

PDF icon 17 April 1945 Residents_Favoring_License_for_Silver_Slipper_Dance Hall

PDF icon 12 June 1945 Acting_City_Manager_Response to Cabaret_Pirates_Cave

PDF icon 8 April 1946 Application_for_Public_Dance_at_3596_University_Ave

PDF icon 14_June_1949_Communication_re_Selling_Alcohol_in_Dance_Halls

PDF icon 16_June_1953_American_Guild_of_Variety_Artists_Opposing_the Registration_of_Entertainers

PDF icon 5_February_1959_County_Council_of_Churches_Ordinance_8002

PDF icon 7_April_1966_City_Council_Referral_Route_Slip_re_Operation_of_Dance_Halls

PDF icon 17 May 1966 License_Tax_on_Public_Dance_Halls_When_Food_or_Beverages_are_Sold

PDF icon 26_May_1966_Ordinance_No_9434_re Dance_Hall

PDF icon 26_May_1966_Ordinance_9436_re_Operation_of_Dance_halls

PDF icon 28_July_1966_Excerpt_of_Council_Conference_re_Operation_Hours_past_2_am

PDF icon 30_August_1966_City_Council_Refferal_Route_Slip_re_Space_for_Dance_Hall

Teen Dance Halls:

PDF icon 19 December 1935 J_Pierson_and A_Bucklin_Sworn_Affidavit_re_Alcohol and_Minors

PDF icon 19_August_1946_F Simpson_Suggests_Dance_Floors_be_Provided_for_Teens

PDF icon 1_August_1966_Communication_from_F Perniciano_re_Teen_Club_Operators

Cabarets:

PDF icon 9 October 1934 Petition_of_J_Kimpton_for_Cabaret_License_at_Tavern_Hacienda

PDF icon 16 October 1934 Communication_from_Chief_of_Police_re Cancellation_of_Dance-in-Cafe

PDF icon 10 November 1934 Petition_of_J_Bryan_for_Cabaret_License_at_Johnny_Gay_Paree

PDF icon 4_December_1934_Resolution_No_62401_Granting_the_Big_Boy_Cafe_License

PDF icon 27 October 1936 Communication_from_Chief_of_Police_Recommend_License_be_Revoked

PDF icon 3 September 1942 Communication_from_City_Planning_Engineer_re_Phillips_Cabaret

PDF icon 14 February 1944 Cabaret_License_for_Pirates_Cave

PDF icon 28 November 1944 City_Manager_Approving_Application_for_Koehler_Scatton_Lorens_Cabaret_License

PDF icon 15 February 1945 Applications_for_Rawleys_Cafe_Twenty_Club_for_Cabaret_License_Approved

PDF icon 12 March 1945 Application_of_D_Fagett and_JK Moore_for_Cabaret_License

PDF icon 19 March 1945 Application_of_M_Adamo_and Chas_Cavesino_for_Cabaret_License

PDF icon 6 April 1945 Application_of_Lloyd_Hanch_for_Dance_Cabaret_License

PDF icon 7 April 1945 Application_of_Donald_Fagett_and_James_Moore_for_Cabaret_License

PDF icon 13 April 1945 Application_of_Louis_Sam_Stutz_for_Cabaret_License

PDF icon 21 April 1945 Application_of_Wallace_Cameron_for_Cabaret_License

PDF icon 16 June 1945 Acting_City_Manager_Suspends_Cabaret

PDF icon 2 February 1960 City_Clerk_Communication_re_Issuance_and_Denial_of_Cabaret_Licenses

PDF icon 3_July_1963 Newspaper_Clip_City_Manager_T Fletcher_Opposes_Change

PDF icon 22 August 1963 Ordinance_No_8873_re_Operation_of_Cabarets

PDF icon 22 July 1969 City_Council_Response_to_Mr Stearman re_Operation_of_Cabaret Business Hours

Complaints:

PDF icon 18 June 1919 Investigation_of_Working Conditions_in_Cabarets

PDF icon 3 November 1924 Residents_Against_Noise_re Orange_Lantern_Dance_Hall

PDF icon 16_January_1934_A_Perry_Letter_Seeks Aid_Against_the Operations_of_Kimpton_Night_Club

PDF icon 23 February 1934_City Manager Correspondence with Chief of Police re Kimptons Night Club

PDF icon 6 March 1934 Officers Report_re Complaints Associated with Kimptons Night Club

PDF icon 16 March 1934 Communication_from_Chief_of_Police_re Complaint_Against_Tavern_Hacienda

PDF icon 8_October_1934_Residents_Complain_re_Franks_Grill_3139_National_Avenue

PDF icon 8 July 1935 Director_of_Social_Welfare_Concerned with Unaccompanied Teen Girls

PDF icon 19_August_1935_Chief_of_Police_Responds_to_Complaint_re_Tavern_Hacinenda

PDF icon 20_August_1935_LJ_Demers_on_the_Conditions_at_Tavern_Hacienda

PDF icon 11 September 1935 Complaints re_States_Cafe

PDF icon 26 November 1935 C Grisetti_Letter_Complaining_about_the_Noise_from_Taverna_Hacienda

PDF icon 7 June 1938 Communication_from_Jewett_Hotel_re Anti-Noise Law

PDF icon 2_July_1938_Roma_Inn_Cafe_Denied_License

PDF icon 6_December_1943_Police_Department_Replies_to_License_for_Teddys_Cafe 522 6th_Avenue

PDF icon 20 August 1953 Residents Upset with Noise_from_Morena_Club

Dine and Dance:

PDF icon 8 February_1935_Social_Welfare_Department_re_Dine_and_Dance_License_of_W Trudeau

PDF icon 27 October 1936 Communication_from_Chief_of_Police_re_License_Revoked

PDF icon 5 January 1937 Affidavits_Pertaining_to_Maria_Cardinale_Dine-Dance_Establishment

PDF icon 5 January 1937 Answer_of_Maria_Cardinale_to_Charges_re Carinales_Cafe

PDF icon 22 March 1939 Application_of_J Sciuto_for_Dine-Dance_License

PDF icon 6_November_1940_Petition_of_R_Kennedy_for_Floor Show_License_College_Inn

PDF icon 2 August 1940 Communication_from_Chief_of_Police_re_Dine-Dance_License

PDF icon 4_December_1939_Petition_of_G Araijo_for_1754 National Ave Neighborhood_Cafe

PDF icon 9_January_1940_Petition_of_J Robinson_for_Floor_Show_License_at_Creole_Palace

PDF icon 6_August_1940_Petition_of_GF Reim_for_Floor_Show_License at Dine-Dance

PDF icon 23 September 1940 Application_of_Tony_Covina_Dine-Dance_License_Approved

PDF icon 1_October_1940_PT Cavanagh_re_Consideration_for_4095_Pacific_Blvd_Dine-Dance

PDF icon 2_August_1941_Social_Welfare_Recommends_Cancellation_of_Dine-Dance_License_of_Z Tonkins

PDF icon 3_December_1941 Cardenellis_Dine-Dance_Application_Approved 801_4th_Avenue

PDF icon 1 September 1942 Communication_from_City_Manager_re Dine-Dance_on University_Ave

PDF icon 1_October_1942_Social_Welfare_Department_re_Dine-Dance_License_at_402_West_Broadway

PDF icon 14  December 1943 City_Managers Response to_Dine-Dance_License_for_PI_Cafe

PDF icon 25 July 1944 Communication_from_City_Manager_re_Approval_of_Application_W Stutz_for_Dine-Dance_License

PDF icon 2_January_1945_Communication_T_Covina_Dine-Dance_License

PDF icon 19 March 1945 Application_of_Morrison_Phipps_for_Dine-Dance_License

PDF icon 5_April_1965_Report_for_Dine-Dance_Regulations

PDF icon 7 April 1966 Amendment_Prohibiting_Employees_from_Eating_Drinking_Dancing_with_Patrons

Protests and Petitions:

PDF icon Undated Petition_of_Residents_Opposing_Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 30 December 1904 Protest_of_Central_Christian_Church_re_Saloons_on D Street

PDF icon 30 December 1904 Protest_of_First_Baptist_Church_re Saloons on D Street

PDF icon 30 December 1904 Protest_of_First_Presbyterian_Chuch_re Saloons_on D Street

PDF icon 30 December 1904 Protest_of_First_Methodist_Episcopal_Church

PDF icon 10 February 1908 Petition_of_Property_Owners_Granting_Saloon_License

PDF icon 8 September 1910 Petition_of_Property_Owners_Protesting_Against_Saloon_Licenses

PDF icon 8 September 1910 Petition_of_S_Ingle_Protesting_Against_Saloon

PDF icon 15 September 1910 Petition_of_Property_Owners_Protesting_Against_Saloons

PDF icon 5 October 1910 Communication_from_US_Grant_Hotel_Protesting_Saloon

PDF icon 19 November 1912 Petition_of_B_Walker_Protesting_Against_Dance_Hall_Ordinance

PDF icon 1 August 1913 Petition_for_Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 11 September 1914 Petition_for_Free_Dance_License

PDF icon 19 November 1914 Petition_for_Dance_Hall

PDF icon 12_April_1919_Petition_of_Ocean_Beach_Citizens_re_Regulations_of_Dance_Halls

PDF icon 16_April_1919_Protest_of_Law_Enforcement_re_Amendment_to_Dance_Hall_Ordinance

PDF icon 5_May_1919_Petition_of_Citizens_Amending Ordinance_No_7615_Regulating_Dance_Halls

PDF icon 9_July_1919_Petition_for_Amending_Dance_Hall_Ordinance

PDF icon 20 July 1925 Petition_of Proposed_Dance_Hall_Ordinance

PDF icon 26 December 1925 Petition_of_Residents re Dance_Permits

PDF icon 4_January_1931_Petition_of_B Mercer_for_Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 26 June 1931 Petition_of_R Patterson_re Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 1 July 1931 Petition_of_E_Perry_for_Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 6 July 1931 Petition_of_Nasholds_for_Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 16 July 1931 Petition_of C Bosworth_for_Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 20 July 1931 Petition_of_J_Hernandez_for_Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 20 July 1931 Petition_of_Mission_Beach_Company_for_Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 20 July 1931 Petition_of_C_Bosworth_for_Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 22_July_1931_Petition_of_P_Arriola_re_Dance_Hall_License_with_Instructors

PDF icon 3_August_1931_Petition_of_M Kennedy_for_Dancing_Academy_License

PDF icon 5 August 1931 Petition_of_Emilio_Perry_for_Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 21 August 1931 Petition_of_J Page_re Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 21 August 1931 Petition_of_T_Watson_for_Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 21 September 1931 Petition_of_M_Kennedy_for_License

PDF icon 23 September 1931 Petition_of_P_Arriola_for_Dancing_Cafe_License

PDF icon 2 October 1931 Petition_of_M_Bowman_for_Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 2 October 1931 Petition_of_J_Page_for_Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 2_November_1931_Petition_of_R Sronoff_for_Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 2_January_1932_Petition_of_J Page_for_Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 22 September 1932 Protest_of_Residents_Opposing_Fillipino_Dance_Hall

PDF icon 1_February_1933_Petiton_of_J Moore_for_Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 3_June_1933_Petition_of_I Heathers_for_Transfer_of_License

PDF icon 14 August 1933 Petition_of_P_Arriola_for_Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 16 August 1933 Petition_of_P Arriola_for_Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 18 December 1933 Residents_Oppose 3071_University_Ave Dance Hall

PDF icon 20 June 1934 Petition_in Opposition of_Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 20 November 1934 Communication_from_City_Manager Petition_Against_Tavern_Hacienda

PDF icon 18 June 1935 Petitions_of_N Avancena_re Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 19 June 1935 Petition_of_N Avancena_for_Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 22 July 1935 Petiton_of_P Arriola_for_Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 16 September 1935 Residents_Opposing_Dance_Hall_re_J Handwoth

PDF icon 8 June 1936 Residents_Against_Dance_Hall_License re_Last_Round-Up_Cafe

PDF icon 5_December_1939_Petition_of_WB Fields_re_Floor_Show_License_Streamliner_Cafe

PDF icon 5_August_1940_Petition_of_J Robison_for_Floor_Show_Permit_at_Creole_Place

PDF icon 17 December 1940 Petiton_of_Pacific_Square_Public_Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 10 September 1941 Communication_from_City_Manager_and Petition_of_G Hunter

PDF icon 22 March 1945 Petition_for_Hearing_on_Propsed_Location_of Silver_Slipper_Dance_Hall

PDF icon 3 April 1945 Silver_Slipper_Ball_Room_for_Dance_Hall_License

PDF icon 10 April 1945 Petition_Objecting_the Granting_of Dance_Permit

PDF icon 17 April 1945 Petition_of_Citizens_in_Granting_License_to_Operate_Dance_Hall_at_1819 Main_Street

Association:

PDF icon 5_December_1939_Civic Women's League Protests Central_Park_District_Demorilizing_Buisnesses

PDF icon 1_August_1940_San_Diego_Hotel_Association_Objects_to_Revisions in Ordinances

PDF icon 27 March 1945 American_Legion_re_Silver_Slipper_Amusement Center

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