LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer announced today that his office has filed 40 criminal charges against the owners and operators of Playhouse nightclub in Hollywood for alleged after-hours alcohol sales, over-serving customers and lack of security. The announcement follows multi-agency inspections by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, the Los Angeles Planning Department and the Los Angeles Police Department, conducted over the course of ten months.
The prosecution is the fourth in recent months against alleged problem night clubs and event spaces in the Hollywood Entertainment District. The City Attorney has taken action against owners and operators at Paloma night club, Liaison nightclub, and Delicious Vinyl restaurant and event space. The City Attorney anticipates filing additional cases against allegedly non-compliant night clubs in the coming weeks.
"This latest case is part of our continuing efforts to crack down on allegedly problem nightclubs and the threat they pose to public safety," said Feuer.
A shooting occurred outside Playhouse in the early morning January 1, 2018, wounding a patron in the leg. Officers entered the location to investigate and discovered patrons still being served alcohol at approximately 2:45 a.m. The investigation concluded on October 25, 2018, when officers observed an underage patron leaving the club who was found to be in possession of an unregistered firearm.
Over the course of seven inspections, officers observed and documented numerous alleged permit and Penal Code violations. Officers repeatedly warned the operators that they allegedly failed to have legally mandated security guards, failed to keep unguarded doors shut and locked, and continued to serve obviously intoxicated patrons who were over the legal limit. Despite these persistent warnings, the violations allegedly persisted.
The charges in this case are directly related to the long history of crime arising from this location.