[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Scranton 9-26-1979 as Ch. 5, Art. III, of the 1979 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Amusements and entertainment — See Ch. 164.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- DANCE HALL
- Any public hall, pavilion or assembly room or auditorium which is used for dancing or other place which may on occasion be used for dancing purposes.
Public halls, pavilions, assembly rooms or auditoriums, as may be used for dancing, shall be at all times under the supervision of the Department of Public Safety.
No owner or lessee of any public hall, pavilion, assembly room or auditorium, which may be used for dancing, shall permit any dance to be conducted in such place without first having obtained from the Department of Public Safety a license.
Before licenses shall be issued under this chapter, application, in writing, shall be filed with the Director of the Department of Public Safety for a period of fifteen (15) days, setting forth the intent to apply at a certain time for the issuance of a license. A notice of such intended application shall be published in one (1) of the daily papers of the city in two (2) issues thereof, the cost to be borne by the applicant.
Any citizen may file objections to the issuance of a license under this chapter, whereupon the Director of the Department of Public Safety shall hear the objections and thereupon shall refuse or issue the license.
Nothing in this chapter shall prevent the Director of the Department of Public Safety from refusing to issue a license to any person whom he knows to be a person of bad moral character.
Each applicant for a license under this chapter shall pay the sum of twenty-five dollars ($25.) for each license.
A separate license shall be issued under this chapter for each place, which shall be conspicuously posted in the place licensed.
Each license issued under this chapter shall be designated "Dance Hall License," and shall indicate the owner or the lessee of the hall, pavilion, assembly room or auditorium for which the same is issued, together with the location of the same and the time for which such license is issued.
Each license issued under this chapter shall be issued for one (1) year or fractional part thereof, ending on April 30 following the date of issuance, unless sooner revoked.
The Director of the Department of Public Safety may at any time make or cause to be made an investigation of the character of assemblages gathering in places used for dancing, and the Director may, if in his opinion such gatherings are prejudicial to the morals or good order of the community or the participants at such dances, revoke the license and cause such public hall, pavilion, assembly room or auditorium to be closed to dancing.