‘London’s last sex cinema’ closes after 18-month battle with neighbours
London, June 26: A sex cinema hidden in the basement of an old printing shop in Lewisham has finally been shut down after an 18-month battle with neighbours and the council.
Club 487 opened in January last year and was marketed as a place sex-lovers could watch explicit films and perform sex acts for a small fee of £15.
It even set up its own website earlier this year with regular postings of when couples and single women would be attending.
But the venue, which is opposite a church and secondary school on New Cross Road, sparked outcry among residents.
One student told Lewisham council committee last year that she had been harassed outside by Club 487 visitors.
She told the council: ‘I was accosted numerous times by men who would not take no for an answer when they were trying to chat me up outside the premises.
‘This is the only place that this has happened to me while I’m in London.’
Last year, a licence was granted to the cinema to only show films rated 18 or lower but this was revoked by the council only a few months later.
But the club remained open while awaiting an appeal hearing scheduled for next month.
Yet the 18-month-battle to close it down has now come to end after police acting on behalf of the building’s landlords swept in and boarded up the venue.
Club 487 staff confirmed the closure on its website with this statement: ‘We are now closed. We are looking for new premises to open up a new place and as soon as we do it will be put on here.’
A spokesman for New Cross Baptist Church told the Standard: ‘This is simply an answer to our prayers. We are now praying for a healthy fruitful business to replace the cinema.’