Charlotte nightclub to close
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Another local LGBT nightlife establishment is joining the growing list of local gay bars and clubs to close. The move will leave one non-profit fundraising group without a home.
Marigny Dance Club announced Saturday morning that it would not be renewing its lease. The club will close at the end of the month.
“After 4 1/2 years and a lot of great times Marigny Dance Club has decided not to renew it’s lease and to close it’s doors,” the club said in a short message of Facebook. “Thank you to all of our loyal patrons for so much support over the years.”
Opened by business partners Nathan Richards and DJ Peter Presta in the fall of 2011, the club attempted to bring a unique “New Orleans” flair to the local nightlife scene. In fall of 2012, the club hosted a party for the Stonewall Democrats during the 2012 Democratic National Convention. It has also supported a variety of local non-profits, including Southern Country Charlotte, an LGBT fundraising and Country Western dancing enthusiasts’ group.
Southern Country Charlotte recently moved to Marigny to host its weekly line-dance lessons, soon before its previous host, Hartigan’s Irish Pub, closed in March.
Southern Country’s annual Queen City Stomp was also held at the club earlier this month. The group plans to award the funds it raised to beneficiaries Time Out Youth and One Voice Chorus at a “Farewell to Marigny” event next Wednesday.
The dancing club has not publicly announced where it will move next.
Marigny’s closure follows a string of recent closures for other establishments. Along with Hartigan’s, Lake Wylie’s Rainbow In also announced its closure in March. Last weekend, Greensboro’s 22-year-old Warehouse 29 also said it was closing at the end of May.
Warehouse 29’s closure leaves Greensboro and Winston-Salem with just two nightlife establishments catering to LGBT community members. In Charlotte and surrounding areas, 10 such businesses remain.
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