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Club Cinema in court

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WSVN -- A 7News investigation first exposed the problems at a South Florida nightclub. Reports of rampant drug use, underage drinking, teens rushed to the hospital. On Wednesday, the club's fate was the topic of debate in court. Investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero has the exclusive.

The hearing is all about what goes on in and around Club Cinema, besides music and dancing. Pompano Beach calls it a public nuisance and wants it shut down.

Mark Berman: "They're specifically deemed to constitute a public nuisance by having drugs on the premises. Young people go there to purchase and use MDMA ecstasy or, as the street name refers to it, as Mollies."

The city presented a litany of arrests and emergency rescues at the club over the last year and a half, but the club's attorney argues it has done all it can to keep people from using drugs on the premises.

Sandy Topkin: "When different cultures and different bands and different types of music played, Woodstock, The Rolling Stones, there were drugs there that people would take."

Club Cinema claims it's being targeted by BSO, but the officer in charge of operations at the club testified that the department gets complaints about what goes on there.

Sgt. Tom McInerney: "We got tips from community and stuff like that about the narcotics going on, the underage patrons, the underage drinking, the underage people inside the club and of course the large amount of narcotic sales."

Before making a decision, Judge John luzzo is expected to view a variety of videos taken at the club, some taken by the club and others that include 7News' investigation of what we found going on at Club Cinema.

Carmel Cafiero, 7News.

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