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Walter Pancoe

Watch out...Walter Pancoe may decide to open another adult movie theater...check out Chicago-area experience:

Here is part of a January 1975 article from the Daily Herald:

The Elk Grove Cinema is showing X-rated films again and village officials are trying to decide what to do about it. The current feature, "Flesh Gordon," may violate a local anti-obscenity ordinance. Three Elk Grove Village policemen viewed the first screening of the movie Friday night and submitted their opinions to Police Chief Harry Jenkins. At least one patrolman is reported to have found the movie obscene, as defined by the ordinance passed last year. Jenkins is to review the findings of the policemen sent as "official viewers" and is expected today to take action on the advice of the village attorney. If "Flesh Gordon" is deemed unlawful, the theater may be closed.

Theater owner Walter Pancoe does not expect to be prevented from continuing to show the film billed as "An outrageous parody of yesterday's superheroes" whose adventures were depicted in the Flash Gordon serials of the 1930s and 1940s. The movie began its run Friday night and is supposed to show through Thursday. "This movie has been very well-received at theaters all over," Pancoe said. "There have been no objections raised in other areas and we don't expect any battle here. We do not feel this picture violates the village ordinance."
The anti-obscenity ordinance was rushed through by the village board in an emergency Sunday night meeting last January to prevent Pancoe from showing tho X-rated movie "The Devil in Miss Jones." Pancoe contended he was losing money at the Grove Shopping Center theater by showing "family-type" movies exclusively.


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