Monday, March 14, 2016

News From Along Route 66, January 2016: Coliseum Ballroom-- Part 2

Some other groups that played there were Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, Joey Dee & the Starlighters, Johnny Rivers, Head East, Ohio Express and 1910 Fruitgum Company.

It claimed to be the largest dance floor between Chicago and St. Louis with 10,000 square feet and seating for 1500.  Dominic Tarro was indicted in 1930 for selling booze (imagine that)  His daughter Joyce ran the place until she was killed in a robbery in 1996.  The placed continued on, but closed as a music venue in the mid-1990s.  In the last decade of it, there was an antique mall there and it occasionally hosted local rock bands.

--RoadDog


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