Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on May 14, 1970 · Page 3
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American Night Life: A Dying Institution By LOUISE COOK Associated Press Writer The red velvet ropes that once held back the unfavored from the inner sanctuaries of New York's expensive restaurants and night spots often guard empty rooms these days. It is the same elsewhere. Business is off 10 to 20 per cent in Chicago night spots. Detroit's last major night club has become a rock joint. And Ihe owner of the Factory, a private celebrity-studded dis- colheque in Los Angeles, says: "The first two years our problem was keeping people out. Now it's keeping the place filled." Restaurant and night club owners list a variety of reasons for Ihe lack of business. Heading the list is a lack of ready cash combined with cutbacks on expense accounts. Also responsible, however, some spokesmen s$y, are changes in taste--"People . are looking for peace and quiet," the appearance of many top entertainers on television Ihe move to the suburbs and fear of the city at night. People Are Afraid "People are afraid to get out late," said Rudi Meyer, ownei of a New York club that offers food, drinks and entertainment "They get mugged, they gel killed, they get held up. My family lives ii Jersey. 1 wouldn't put them in the subway." There are three major nighl clubs serving the four million people of the Detroit area. Two are in Windsor, Ont., and one is Select the perfect Graduation Gift From our extensive Bulova Calendar Collection. No wonder Bulova is thl leader in date watches. A Bulova date watch never forgets. The dependable date mechanism automatically shifts from one day's date to the next -- every night. Let our Watch Experts help you choose from our fine Bulova Collection of Date Watches priced from $35.95. HEIRESS OF TIME "6" 17 Jewels. Waterproof*. Whits. 0»TE KING "PC" 17 jewels. Stainless steel back. Waterproof. Yellow. in suburban Hazel Park. Clarence Baker, owner of a Detroit club that closed last year, said the Detroit riots of 1967 broke the suburbanites' habit of going to the city for entertainment. He added, however: "A good club with good food and name acts will go downtown. People aren't afraid to go downtown if there's something to go downtown for." Les Gruber, manager of a Detroit restaurant, said, "We heard from many of our suburbanites that they do not come downtown at night . .. We're getting more action from young people. They seem to have more freedom and (bo) more adventurous ..." Main Clubs Folded The night club scene in San Francisco is one of topless-bottomless strip joints. Two of the city's main night clubs folded in January. 'I just can't compete with television," said Enrico Banducci, former operator of the h u n - gry i, a night club that operated for 23 years and was credited with launching the careers of the Kingston Trio, Shelley Berman and Phyllis Diller. Ron Buck, co-owner of the Factory, noted a change in attitudes. "People are tired of raucous, loud music." He also said the only people who still take dancing seriously are those in the 15-21 year age bracket. Buck said the Factory has 1,400 members who paid $1,000 to join, in addition to $15 monthly dues. "Without dues we wouldn't be able to sustain ourselves," he said. Many club owners blame tight money. A spokesman at Chica-j go's Palmer House estimated business in the Kmpire Room was down about 20 per cent. "There is light money all around," he said. "The market is down . . ." Hasn't Improved In New York City, at the Quo! Vadis restaurant where dinner; for two can easily cost $60, one captain said, "It's always bad' just before income tax time, but; this year it hasn't improved." Captains at the restaurant were! assigned to work only four d a y j weeks and the dining room was less than half-full at 8 p.m. on a recent weekday night. A spokesman for Voisin, another high-priced New York restaurant, said business was down 30 to 50 per cent. "People just aren't coming in," lie said. Discotheques, that seemed to replace the night club for a while, have not escaped. Christopher, drew crowds of show business personalities and socialites when it opened. It closed last year. Cheetah, the Broadway disco- teque that featured no hard liquor but lots of noise, moved to a side street last year and was only about one-third full on a (Saturday night. Arlhur, run by Sybil Burlonl The Copacabana is the only Thurs., May 14, 1970 GREELEY TRIBUNE Page 3 the premises were converted big night club -- with entertainment, dining, dancing and pretty girls -- left in New York City. The Latin Quarter closed in December, 1008, after 27 years of opcralion, because of a strike by chorus girls and never reopened. Boarded Up The following February the club was boarded up for nonpayment of refit. "It won't re- into a movie theater. 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