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Now Known As
Date Opened 1927
Demolished
Venue Capacity 3,000
Venue URL http://www.casinoballroom.com
Venue Address 169 Ocean Blvd.
Hampton Beach, NH 03842



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In 1927, the Hampton Beach Casino was purchased by John J. Dineen, John Cuddy, and Napolean Demara and a new era in the Casinos history began. A little more than a quarter of a century after the Casinos founding, radio, records and motion pictures were creating a new kind of entertainer - the national star. The new owners quickly moved to design a "ballroom" large enough to accommodate 5,000 people.

Patterned on old English ballrooms, the new owners incorporated part of the old Opera House and added space toward the south end of the complex. The ballrooms wooden dance floor was one of the largest in the region and it soon became the most popular nightspot in the area. Each week, more than 20,000 people danced in the air-conditioned ballroom.

During the mid 1970s, long-awaited transformation began. The Casino complex was taken over by a group of area businessmen determined to bring back the Grande Dame.

The former Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, reopened in the mid-1970s as the "Club Casino". The first step in its re-design was to complete both cosmetic and structural changes to try to attract the younger crowd. A Massachusetts-based interior decorator selected the Clubs colors - red, blue and olive green. A Scottish company custom made a paisley wool rug for the massive floor. The Club introduced a Vegas-style showroom with cocktails, 1,600 chairs and tables and a 144-foot bar (which was, at the time, the longest bar in New England!).
http://www.casinoballroom.com/history.php



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