The Ultimate ‘70s and ‘80s nightclub will migrate down the Atlantic City Boardwalk in May 2012 from Resorts to the Tropicana.
ATLANTIC CITY — The Tropicana recently announced that a deal has been reached to bring the popular retro nightclub Boogie Nights to the casino-hotel.
The nightclub was first created at Resorts by nightclub impresario Dave Pena, whose success with Boogie Nights in Atlantic City led to similar establishments in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Dubuque, Iowa, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Pena also owns the Planet Rose Karaoke Bar and Cocktail Lounge in The Quarter at Tropicana.
“The Boogie Nights brand has become an institution across the country as well as in Atlantic City,” says Pena. “When people come to Boogie Nights, they know they are in for the time of their lives. The new nightclub will be approximately 8,000 square feet and will allow us the opportunity to do what we have always dreamed.”
“Party goers who are familiar with the Boogie Nights brand are in for a whole new experience when the party moves to Tropicana,” says Tony Rodio, president and CEO of the Atlantic City Tropicana. “An incredible new sound system, state-of-the-art lighted dance floor and characters are just the start of the surprises we have in store.”
Boogie Nights’ huge success spawned a nationally known brand and helped bring a thriving customer base to A.C.. The new space at the Trop will be nearly double the size of the club’s current location, located adjacent to the Trop’s Poker Room in the area currently known as Penny Pavilion. The new nightclub will maintain its decor of eight-track tapes, bell bottom jeans, sideburns, crushed velvet and huge afros. Retro-style furniture, specialty pop culture cocktails and an oversized disco ball will create the ideal atmosphere for a night of flashback fun. raise the bar of the nightlife experiences to a whole new level at Tropicana. Boogie Nights’ current location at Resorts will still maintain the retro ‘70s and ’80s theme, but will be re-branded the Night Fever dance club.
Boogie Nights DJs will spin the traditional high energy dance mixes from the '70s and '80s, as well as freestyle, pop, club music and more to set the soundtrack for fun. Video walls throughout the nightclub will display music videos, excerpts from commercials, television shows, movies and other iconic images. Sexy go-go dancers, pop and lock dancers, hula hoopers, tribute artists, look-a-likes and characters such as Roller Girl will all be part of this exciting blast from the past.
“Our staff lives, loves and breathes the ‘70s and ‘80s culture,” adds Pena. “It’s not work for us. It’s a labor of love and that’s what makes the magic.”
Note: The 2012 Atlantic City Weekly Nightlife Awards party on Jan. 26, 2012, will be held inside the former location of Boogie Nights at Resorts, which is now called Night Fever, under new management.
Like a slinky, the basic concept was pretty simple, but once Boogie Nights was unveiled on what seemed to be a retro-starved public about five years ago, the ’70s and ’80s themed nightclub took off like Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon.
“[Cuba Libre] didn’t want to be in nightlife anymore,” says Kauffman. “They just opened in Washington [DC] and Orlando and will soon be opening in Boston and Chicago, and really just wanted to get out of nightlife in general. So they offered [32 Degrees] to us and we just jumped on it.”
Weiss’ work has been the subject of books and photo galleries, and, owing to his friendship with Boogie Nights owner Dave Pena, some of his work from the 1970s and ’80s will be on display when Boogie Nights opens.
“I think when this club is done, people are going to walk in and there’s going to be a wow factor,” Rodio says. “The club is going to be on a much higher level than it was down at Resorts.”
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