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Old 06-26-2014, 11:27 AM
 
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JUST AN FYI ON WHAT DAMRON FAXED ME ABOUT ATLANTA, DOES ANYONE NOW IF ANY OF THEM WERE BLACK CLUBS

DAMRON ATL 1965 1975 1986
1965

ATLANTA
Cameo Lounge
182 Spring St. NW

Hank & Jerry’s
1006 Peachtree

Mama Mia’s
1129 Peachtree

Mrs. P’s
Ponce De Leon Hotel
551 Ponce de Leon NE

Petite Lounge
Dinkler-Plaza Hotel Forsyth & Luckie Streets

Prince George
114 6th St NE


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1975 DAMRON GUIDE-ATL
ATLANTA
Armory
834 Juniper NE near 6th

Atlanta Stag Shop
85 Poplar St.

Blue Room
86 Cain NW

Cameo
188 Williams @ Cain NW

Chances R
1833 Peachtree Rd NE

Club South Baths
76 4th St. NW

Club III
1139 W. Peachtree St. NW

Cove
586 Worchester Dr NE

Denny’s
621 Ponce De Leon & Piedmont Circle
Cheshire Bridge Rd.
Dupree’s Tavern
716 Ponce De Leon

? 86
49th & 6th @ Cypress

? Matador
Ansley Mall Shopping Ctr.
Piedmont @ Monroe

Gay Paree Cinema
90 Walton St. NW

Gene & Gabe’s
1878 Piedmont Ave NE

International House of Pancakes
1516 Piedmont Ave NE

Mama Mia’s
Peachtree @ 10th NE

M.C.C.
527 N. McDonough St (Decatur)
Mrs. P’s
Ponce De Leon Hotel
551 Ponce De Leon NE

Ms. Garbo
2206 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
(Behind Baby Products Warehouse) A bar for women.


My House
774 W. Peachtree St.

Onyx
341 W. Peachtree St NW

Pleasant Peasant
555 Peachtree St. NE

Ponce De Leon
551 Ponce De Leon NE

Prince George Inn
114 6th St NE

Riviera Hyatt House Bar
1630 Peachtree St. NW

Score One
1184 W. Peachtree St NW

Stardust Lounge
60 5th St @ Spring

Sweet Gum Head
2284 Cheshire Bridge Rd. NE

Windjammer
Marriott Hotel, Cain & Courtland




Cruisy Areas
*Cypress St (an alley between Peachtree & W. Peachtree from 5th – 9th Streets.
*Library – Peachtree & Carnegie
*Piedmont Park – parking lot & nature trails.

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1986 DAMRON GUIDE-ATL
ATLANTA
Armory
834 Juniper NE near 6th

Atlanta Biz & Prof. Guild (404) 872-1922

Aunt B’s Bar & R
231 Ivy St. (Downtown)

Back St.
845 Peachtree St NE near 6th & Juniper St.

Boy Next Door (Clothing)
1449 Piedmont Rd. NE

Bulldog & Co (Enter thru rear parking lot)
893 Peachtree St. NE (across from 870 almost)

Celebrity Club
306 Ponce De Leon NE

Christopher’s Kind (Books)
70 13th St. NE

Club Baths of Atlanta
76 4th St. NW

Club Body Center
549 Amsterdam Ave NE

Colony Square Athletic Club
Colony Sq. Hotel, Peachtree @ 14th St. NE

Cove
586 Worchester Dr. NE

Cracker Jacks (Clothing)
966 Peachtree St. NE

Crazy Ray’s
1492-B Peidmont (Ansley Square)

Cruise (publication) P.O.Box 7750, Atlanta 30357
729 Piedmont NE

Dignity (Church) P.O. Box 14342 Atlanta 30324

Dunk & Dine
2305 Cheshire Bridge Rd.

Dusty’s
1815 Briar Cliff Rd.

Executive Modeling Agency (404) 875-1927

Festival Lounge
142 Spring St.

Fitness 1st
1407 Peachtree St. NE

551
551 Ponce De Leon NE

Hex Hotel
826 Peachtree St. NE

Gallus
49 6th St NE

Gay Ctr.
848 Peachtree St. NE (404) 876-5372

Gene & Gabe’s
1878 Piedmont Ave NE

Hotel York
683 Peachtree St. NE

Illusions
1023 Peachtree St. NE

Inbetween
887 Peachtree St. NE

Integrity (Church)
P.O. Box 13603, Atlanta 30324

IHOP
129 North Ave, NE

Knight Owl Theatre & Bar
1028 Peachtree St. NE

Leather for Days (Downstairs @ Bulldogs)
893 Peachtree St. NE

Limelight
3330 Piedmont Rd.

Locker Room (Bath)
2325 Cheshire Bridge Rd. NE

M.C.C.
527 N. McDonough St (Decatur)

Meltdown Gym
1107 Peachtree St. NE
Models Atlanta (404) 231-0241

Music City (Mags. & Records)
1510 Piedmont Rd. NE

New Order Lounge
1544 Piedmont

Peach Streetery
884 Peachtree St. NE

Peasant Uptown
3500 Peachtree Rd NE

Pharr Library
550 Pharr Rd NE

Pleasant Peasant
555 Peachtree St. NE

Plumb Butch
1029 Peachtree St. NE

Plum Nelly
1023 Peachtree St NE

Plush Room (Cabaret)
Hotel York

Prince George Inn
114 6th St NE

Saint
1888 Cheshire Bridge Rd. NE

Sammie’s
2345 Cheshire Bridge Rd.

Southern Man (Clothes)
2969 Cobb Parkway

Sports Page
2069 Chesire Bridge Rd.

Stud
567 Ponce De Leon NE

Supply House (Leather boutique @ Texas Drilling Co).
1026-B N. Highland @ Virginia

The Bar on Peachtree
1018 Peachtree St. NE

Toolulah’s
3041 Piedmont

Trader Tom’s (Clothes, etc)
882 Peachtree St. NE

Trips Unlimited Travel
1004 Virginia Ave

Weekends (Twinkies)
1022 Peachtree St. NE

Weekends Warehouse
2329 Cheshire Bridge Rd.


Cruisy Areas
*Atlanta Airport – T-Room near baggage claim
*Cabbage Town near Grant Park
*Chattahoochee Park nature trails
*Cypress St (an alley between Peachtree & W. Peachtree from 5th – 9th Streets.
*Georgia Tech. – Skiles Bldg. 1st FL T-room
*Lenox Square Mall
*Midtown
*Peachtree Center Shopping Gallery
*Piedmont Park – Nature trails & botanical gardens
*T-room @ Rich’s – Shannon Mall.
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Old 06-27-2014, 02:59 PM
 
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The original Traxx location that I know of was located in 'Belvedere South Shopping Center'. It's located right behind another shopping center at the corner of Memorial and Columbia Drives. The place was huge!!!
I think I'm familiar with the Belvedere South Shopping Center. I had no idea that a gay club was/is located there. Was it in the building that was once a Lionel Playworld ("famous" toy store)? I remember driving by there late one night in recent years, and seeing the packed parking lot and other signs that the building was being used as a club. I didn't get the impression that it was a gay club, though. I don't think it is a club anymore - I was just there a few weeks ago and I believe the building looked empty (or - at the very least - it wasn't a club).
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Old 06-27-2014, 03:06 PM
 
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Traxx started out on luckie st across from the Aquarium. When they were bought out the club. Duran bought the old skating rink over off columbia and memorial dr. here is a video when Nikki Minaj performed at the Traxx Nicki Minaj at Traxx Atlanta for Atlanta Black Pr…: Nicki Minaj at Traxx Atlanta for Atlanta Black Prid 2010 - YouTube

however when the owner was shot and killed the club folded after that.
708 is where lorettas used to be there are 2 huge dance floors and A room that used to.be a 3 door garage. its where the gays Vouge to house music.

714 and 708 are the same.building there just seperated by a door on the inside.
I'm not sure if there was a skating rink in the area of Columbia and Memorial Dr. - I was a kid growing up in South DeKalb County in the '80s, and I don't remember a skating rink ever being there....unless it was one for a brief time after I grew up (maybe I'll ask my brother). Was it an old Lionel Playworld, maybe? Perhaps you and mattee01 are talking about the same building? I was just speculating to mattee01 that the club might have been a Lionel Playworld - a toy store of my youth!

Anyway - the info that you and everyone have posted is interesting. I wish I remembered more about the old Loretta's - but, heck, some of my memories of simply walking right by the club have been lost to time. I wish I had the foresight to take some photos back then....at the time, I just didn't think much about the fact that Atlanta would undergo considerable change, and we would want to look back on some old landmarks as they once were.

But anyway, it just so happens that I was taking some photos of the old Lionel Playworld recently. Was the club in this building?





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Old 06-28-2014, 12:48 AM
 
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Yes thats it, but it was later a skating rink I asked my friend who went to Columbia High School and he said it was also. You can really tell by the set up on the inside.
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Old 06-28-2014, 05:42 AM
 
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Was there a different owner that got shot?
Traxx's co-owner David Hampton was shot and killed and his SUV was torched with him inside in the 1980s. The OP is asking about pre-1990 black gay clubs. The old Traxx was closed in the '80s after David died.
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Old 06-28-2014, 05:51 AM
 
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traxx never closed at 2:00am they stayed open to 4am.
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Trust me, you're speaking to a Traxx vet. The one on Lucky closed at 2AM every Saturday.
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You must have went in the 90s. because I started going to traxx around 2000
The OP asked about black gay clubs that were open PRIOR TO 1990. Aficionado is correct. The old Traxx on Luckie Street closed at 2 a.m. on Saturdays in the 1980s.
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Old 06-28-2014, 05:57 AM
 
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LOL, I was afraid to come back in this post. I AM HONESTLY CONFUSED! (lol)
The quote by Aficionado below contains all the information you are looking for. There were only 4 large black clubs prior to 1990.


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There were 4 large Black clubs... which was a LOT during that time.

Loretta's on Spring: It was much larger back then, and was later split down the middle to make two clubs... one of which was 708. The other I've heard was a straight club, but Loretta's was quite large with several different dance floors catering to different genres of music. Loretta's (and the adjacent parking lots all the way to Varsity) was a bit of a default ground zero for all things Black/gay during Holiday weekends as well. Loretta's closed at 3:00AM and popped on Fridays and Sundays.

Pear Garden: It was in the heart of downtown around Broad or Forsyth, and was more of a bar than a club. It was the place you'd go to have a drink with friends before you went to the "real club" like Traxx or Loretta's. More of a stand around and listen to music/drink type place rather than a dance club.

Traxx: was on [Luckie street] right around where the GA Aquarium is today and was a house music club that popped on Saturday nights. Definitely the nicest club for Blacks in Atlanta at that time with pool tables/bars on the second level with an atrium-type view of an open dance floor at the lower level. It was the place to be on Saturday night, but they closed at 2:00 AM. Traxx was the principal "see and be seen" spot for sure.

The Marquette: was the place everyone left Traxx for to continue the party since they didn't close until around 4 or 4:30. It was on MLK near the AUC, and was hot as hell with two levels and no air conditioning. Marquette was a hood spot in every sense of the definition, but was open late so most partygoers (those who could stand the heat and ghetto inside) would head there after leaving Traxx.

The Pear Garden eventually closed and reopened as The Palace in a different location I believe... same flavor though. Loretta's was divided in half and renamed 708, and Traxx was demolished for the aquarium and moved to Buford Hwy... barely a shell of its former self on [Luckie street]. The Marquette's original location was demolished but I've heard it's been revamped somewhere else. In the 90's came Colours (now Mixx), Tower II off Boulevard (later burned down) The Playground (on Edgewood I believe) and Phase I on Memorial which is still there.

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Old 06-28-2014, 02:51 PM
 
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The quote by Aficionado below contains all the information you are looking for. There were only 4 large black clubs prior to 1990.


Were these four clubs predominantly African American clubs, mixed or...?

I have not received a reply from Traxx as to whether they have an old picture of the original club or a history but I will post if I get one. Just trying to build a black gay history.

Thanks for all the help so far.
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Old 06-29-2014, 04:37 AM
 
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The OP asked about black gay clubs that were open PRIOR TO 1990. Aficionado is correct. The old Traxx on Luckie Street closed at 2 a.m. on Saturdays in the 1980s.
Oh okay well I guess this is no discussion for me
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Old 06-30-2014, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, Ga
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I think I'm familiar with the Belvedere South Shopping Center. I had no idea that a gay club was/is located there. Was it in the building that was once a Lionel Playworld ("famous" toy store)? I remember driving by there late one night in recent years, and seeing the packed parking lot and other signs that the building was being used as a club. I didn't get the impression that it was a gay club, though. I don't think it is a club anymore - I was just there a few weeks ago and I believe the building looked empty (or - at the very least - it wasn't a club).
Nah this wasn't recent it was back in 2009 when it closed.
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