[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Coventry 7-17-1995 by Ord. No. 3-95-0199 (Ch. 8, Art. IV, Div. 1 and 2, of the 1991 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Adult uses — See Ch. 85.
No person shall, publicly or for pay or for any profit or advantage to himself, exhibit or promote or take part in any theatrical performance or rope or wire dancing or other show or performance or conduct, engage in or promote any wrestling, boxing or sparring match or exhibition, nor shall any person, for any pecuniary profit or advantage to himself, promote any public roller skating in rinks or halls or give any dance or ball, without a license from the Town Council.
Performances or exhibitions which are lewd and lascivious, without redeeming social value, are forbidden.
The Town Council may deny, revoke or refuse to renew any license issued under this chapter upon the grounds that the activity presents a danger to the public health or safety.
The Town Council may authorize the performance for pay or profit of vocal, instrumental or orchestral entertainment and lectures of an instructive character, the operation of amusement parks, the operation of a miniature golf course, and vaudeville performances of juggling and stage dancing having the approval of the Chief of Police, and moving picture exhibitions consisting of such pictures as have the approval of the National Board of Review and the Chief of Police, on Sunday(s) during such hours of the day as the Town Council shall determine.
The Town Council may also appoint proper officials, at the expense of the licensee, to preserve order and execute the orders of the Town Council at any such show and to report to the Chief of Police of the Town any violation of the law.
A license under this chapter shall not be issued until the building to be used for the show, together with the apparatus to be used, has been inspected by the Town Building Official and the Town Building Official has stated, in writing, that the building and apparatus meets Chapters 29, 30 and 35 of Title 23 of the Rhode Island General Laws and is otherwise safe. If the building or apparatus does not meet the foregoing requirements, then no license shall be issued and, if any license was issued, said license shall be void.
Any person who violates this chapter shall be fined not exceeding $500 or imprisoned for not exceeding one year, or shall be punished by both fine and imprisonment.
The fee for a license required by this chapter is listed in Chapter 122, Fees, of the Code of the Town of Coventry.