The following was provided by DJ Ronald Nicholson:
The "Richie" they're referring to in the ad is Richie Kaczor, also of Studio 54. To be honest, if I ever met Tony I've forgotten. Hollywood was Richie's 'homebase'. This was a storefront type club. When you walked in, the bar was on your right, the dancefloor was to the back. One level, not real big, but more than adequate for a couple of hundred people. Brightly lit as the ceilings were 'low' by club standards. Lots of black leather and chrome and glass. Great light and sound systems.
The owners weren't cheap here. And, THE PLACE WAS PACKED!!! This club was very popular with the younger to mid-twenties crowd, mostly gay, male & female. Everyone was welcome. This was mid-town Manhattan so even though the bar was selling liquor, drugs were everywhere (duh?).
I fell in love with Richie the first time I heard him play. He was the only DJ who could constantly 'smack mix' and not annoy me with that style. He knew his music. Plus, my first night there I watched him work Ecstasy, Passion & Pain's, "Ask Me". That was it --- I was hooked.
A few months back I mentioned a club where the DJs turntables were suspended and held by chains. This is the place. Hollywood was jumpin'. Not strictly my crowd but I'd deal with a lot to hear a good DJ spin.
Photo below submitted by David Rubinstein:
David Rubinstein in the Hollywood DJ Booth 1981
Photos below submitted by Jauers.
Description: Ad for Hollywood disco from November 12, 1973 issue of Where It's At
Photos below from Bobby Busnach
Description: HOLLYWOOD. AT THE HOLLYWOOD. CIRCA 1976. LONDON VISITOR, STEVEN BOGARAT, WENDY, CHARLES (STEVENS BOYFRIEND), LONDON VISITOR
Photo below from Jauers.
Description: Ad for Hollywood from May 1974 Michael's Thing.
Please note that in the interest of fairness, the names of DJs and staff are listed in alphabetical order.
ALL MY SOUTH BRONX FRIENDS HUNG AT HOLLYWOOD. WE ALL HUSTLED, MANY WENT PRO; FLOYD, EDDIE… PUTASA WAS ALWAYS THERE, CHER CAME WITH GREG, NURYEV. LIZ. BECAUSE THEY HAD ALL BEEN THERE 10 YEARS BEFORE WHEN IT WAS THE PEPPERMINT LOUNGE. LATER IT WAS GG BARNUMS. BUT HOLLYWOOD WAS UNIQUE. VERY MIXED. ALL COLORS AND RACES, MOSTLY GAY, BUT LOTS OF STRAIGHT BOYS TOO. CAUSE OF THE MUSIC AND THE DANCING. THE BEST DANCERS WERE AT THE HOLLYWOOD.
The Hollywood .....1976 ..77....the music ...dancing ... Brings back memories...i do remember a lot of street people ...there was a guy Tito he would break dance on the floor ...he was way ahead ..,miss that time
Does anyone remember the waiter Craig Thompson that worked there in the early 70's? I would love to reconnect with him....We kept in touch for a while after that but lost touch,,,it's been years now....
O WOW. THE TURN TABLE WAS THE VERY FIRST BAR IN NEW YORK THAT I WENT TO. HAD DRAG SHOWS. I REMEMBER THE COFFE SHOP BUT DONT REMEMBER THE NAME, I REMEMBER THERE WAS A CHILDS CLOSE BY.
I also went to this club every week with my group of friends to dance & party. The shows were fun and the music was fabulous. Ramon, Fernando, Evelyn we had quite a group. we also went over to the Turn Table but always came back to Hollywood to dance and party. Afterwards we all went to the corner to eat and tell jokes before heading home. Truthfully, the music was perfect and we all were fabulous dancers and the party never ended. You did not need to be gay to go party here, you just needed to enjoy the wonderful happy fun loving people who were there nightly. I remember those days and all of my Hollywood friends with love and hope everyone are well and still living LA Vida Local Hollywood style. BTW was the name of that eatery on the corner Muffin Budget? I can't remember the name! Help! lol Love Peace & Happiness to you all.
I remember Hollywood very well. It was the first Manhattan club I ever went to.. I was an 18 year old straight black male from the Bronx back when the drinking age was still 18, I knew nothing of the Manhattan club scene.. WOW and to step into Hollywood for the first time was overwhelming.. Walk in past the long bar in the front to the dance floor with all the lights and Ritchie kicking the tunes, I WAS HOOKED.. Sure it was a gay club but it had some of the best hustle dancers in the city hanging out there.. So my second week there I met a few people and became one of the regulars.. I even got to be good friends with Ritchie and Tony.. It wasn't bad because even thought I was straight the gay crowd excepted me like one of there own. At the time I was an up and coming dancer so I figured this was the place to be..I even met some great women there like this hoe latina named Iris ... WOW..what I did notice was there were a lot of f**-hags there who would have sex with the gay guys and since I would practice my hustle with the gay guys the hags thought I was gay so there was plenty of sex..I really miss those days, before Aids sex was so easy there. whether you were straight or gay.. I even experimented with the gay scene for a while especially with the Drag queens.. I learned a lot at Hollywood and I miss it so much.. I was there for the last night before they closed then started hanging out at Better Days (if any of you remember that... I also remember my first time DJing in Manhattan.. Ritchie had got sick and needed to go to the restroom and he knew I was a young new DJ so he asked if I could sit in for him for 10 minutes,, it was the most exciting 10 minutes of my life...Today I'm a DJ in a major Los Angeles club and I only have Ritchie Kazor to thank for that.. He introduced me to Larry Levan who introduced me to Frankie Knuckles and the rest is history... I miss my friends from Hollywood, a lot have passed on but are never forgotten.. Jessie, Starr, Iris, Carol and all my other friends from Hollywood I will always remember you. And this club...Also before Ritchie went to Studio 54 he woirked at The Top Floor on 26th and 7thave if any of you remember that...... PEACE
I would love to reconnect with him
actually sylvia, when hollywood closed in the late 70's it reopened first as a new peppermint lounge, which was originally at this spot in the 60s's, and where the twist was born (which is fitting since the hollywood was known as a hustle bar, as in "do the hustle"), then as gg barnums, with drag queens and boys swinging from a trapeze.
One thing I remember about this club was the drag queens. I had moved into NYC around 1971 & this was my intro to the gay bar dance scene & I loved it.
Then it closed & became a topless club. I think they kept the name.
Back in the Glory days of the club I met the DJ Tony Gee or Geeo who played there quite often.
I worked @ CBS FM as a producer / board ops.
Tony introduced me to club DJ ing and I introduced him to radio DJing.
Have not heard from him since the late 70s.
Any one know how he doing.
Tony if u read this leave a few words.
Yes, Hollywood Discoteque one of my favorite. The music , the crowd, the dancing, I lived near by so it was easy to get to it , the restaurant at the corner that people would go to eat before, during and after hours when hollywood close for the night. The dancing music was fantastic I danced disco hustle line dances there, GREAT MEMORIES, It will always stay in my heart, I have been a dance teacher couple style ballroom dancer since 1978 when I left NYC to move to florida, and I always remember those times when I danced in Hollywood, also Galaxy 21, Crisco Disco, Escuelita ,Barefoot boy and many others,WOW WHAT A TIME TO HAVE LIVED IN NEW YORK............................
hollywood was the best. i started going around 1976? met some great friends there, went a few times a week. heard love to love you baby there for the first time. was at one time the famous peppermint lounge where the twist was home. then for a while i believe it was the tambourlane, a gay bar with drag shows if i remember correctly (i only went there one time, when i was 16 and still lived in boston. moved to new york at 17 or 18.) after hollywood it reverted back to a punk peppermint lounge and then morphed into gg barnums, with muscular boys and drag queens flying overhead on trapeze.
hollywood was a hardcore "hustle" bar... as in do the hustle. it was a very mixed club, in fact more of color than white. all my south bronx friends went to dance. it was a gay club but the straight boys would come to hustle with the queens (not drag), at times partnering three people at a time. it was dark and smokey (tons of pot as well as cigs), most of us were screwed up. you could get anything you wanted there. after all, the in jewelry was a chain with a vial of coke and a spoon hanging around your neck. alot of celebs would stop by, cher and greg almond, diana ross, grace jones. not many drag queens (putasa was a regular). along the bar was the cruise spot, the back with the djs was for dancing. adequate lighting, nothing special, just dark, totally set up for the dancers. funny, but dont remember any hustle contests (btw.. saturday night fever killed off the hustle for the hardcores). i liked ritchie, but honestly his music was mostly radio stuff. he was a good mixer but stuck with the classic disco, salsoul orchestra, donna summer, gloria gaynor, shalimar etc.... my crowd was more geared towards the after hours type of music, loose joints, is it all over my face, taana gardner, gloria jones tainted love....
hollywood was the second best club for me. the first being the other side in boston, before hollywood. those were great times. i miss the place and all my old friends.
Interesting times.Very uncertain.No regrets.Best of life. Anthony A.
Wasn't the Hollywood the Old Peppermint Lounge??
Wow Hollywood was the first gay dance club I had ever gone to. I still remember it like it was yesterday, I would drive into the city from Long Island every tuesday night and hang out with the friends I had met there. Bobby Lozato used to bartend there and then he left to bartend at the Archdiocese.
I am reliving my past! I was a Playboy Bunny in '74 Lot's of Bunnies and I used to go there and dance all night...it was a long skinny club, bar in front. Great music there was a Brew Burger on the corner. It was in the middle of peep clubs. We used eat 'ludes and dance then run to the peep show booths and watch porn and laugh. Once my friend met a guy on a bycycle and left with him and came back with her clothes inside out and the tags showing (or was that Ruby Foo?). My friend Jimmy introduced me to Richie Kaczor who he knew from the M&K in Asbury. I was always in the DJ booth, he used to play Everlassting LOve by Carl Carlton over and over till we screamed and Love Hangover ...he looved his pills and as long as we hooked him up he got us into any club including 54 opening night!!
Well I was and still am straight, but I did have a blast at this place. Spent many a weeekend there with a friend from jersey city, I knew. He had a good laugh at my expence but you know it was ok.
Does anyone know how to get a hold of David Rubinstein? David and I were friends back in Florida - I DJed at the Marlin Beach and he as DJ at Uncle Charlies. I would love to reconnect with him!
I remember moving to West HOllywood in 1967. The Stampede Bar was fun. It was at Santa Monica and Fairfax. Then the Farm opened, down the street from the Stampede. The Farm was a very nice dance club. A lot of fun. Studio One was called the Factory at that time. I was 18 then and what a great place to come out.
Hollywood was down a few doors from one of the earliest gay discos, way back in the 1960s called the Blue Bunnie. I think I am correct. About 1968 or 1969 there were three gay "underground" dance discos, one in a basement around East 22nd Street where many famous actors and actresses and singers would go, I forget the name, then the basement of the historic Seymour Hotel on W. 46th Street I think, then the Blue Bunnie. Hollywood opened maybe four, six years later, but attracted some of the old Blue Bunnie crowd. But, it seems to be Hollywood was in the late 70s or early 80s because some of the crowd there moved over to Criso Disco later, or went to Hollywood first, then Crisco Disco.
I will always remember dancing alongside Truman Capote and his blonde female friend at Hollywood.
Billy Blair and all the top Black models were always at Hollywood. Does anyone remember a tall drag queen/fire dancer? Her name escapes me right now, but she was fabulous!
Hell, we all were!
This was my very 1st encounter at a gay bar.I really loved it and I loved the music.My memory will always be one of the waiters,his name was Craig Thompson and he was an Adonis.I was SO ATTRACTED to this man-I'm a straight woman-18 at the time-now I'm 50!! We had an immediate connection.We remained friends for a while after that and lost touch.I wish I could find him again-I hope he sees this one day!! He was a backup in Saturday Night Fever when Travolta did his famous dance.
Wish we could go back to those days-they were the Ultimate!!!!
I too remember this club, it was one of my first clubs ever. The thing that hit me right away was that it was a gay club for women as well.
But Ritchie was wonderful, he once did a mix with 10 Percent and You should be Dancing that totally blow me away; and I think he saw my reaction and kept playing with that combo.
Rest In Peace Brother.....you were one of the LEGENDS of that time and era.