THE BEVERLY HILLS SUPPER CLUB
The Beverly Hills was the cream of the crop of Night spots In The Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area , The Club was on the talent circuit of Vegas, Nashville,Hollywood and New York entertainers. It was also a place of illegal Gambling and went through several changes of management over the years from the early 1930's to the 70's .Several big additions had been built in the 60's and 70's but on the night of May 28, 1977 that would all be gone in an instant.
Photos courtesy of Phil Campbell
|The Big Fire May 28, 1977|
Because Of Overcrowding ,It is one of the top Night club disasters of all time .On the Night of the fire over 3,000 guests and employees were inside the club at 9:00 p.m when it started . Arson has always been suspected yet has still been never fully confirmed . A bus boy Walter Bailey who had investigated the smoke and rising heat realized the time to evacuate had come. Bailey personally took the initiative and interrupted the opening show in the Cabaret Room , He Took to the stage to ask patrons to leave quickly and calmly. He pointed out the exits to the left and right of the stage to the only fire exits .Many people unfortunately did not head his warning thinking it was part of the act.
|The Cabaret room|
Within minutes however Hundreds would flee in terror as lights went out, flames soon rushed in .Crowds pushing and stampeding caused a pile up in the narrow halls and exits. Twists and turns in building design resulted in confusion and panic.165 people died in the Fire that night. All that remains today are a few remnants making for a very spooky, weedy abandoned site.
|What was a Pillar that would have had a globe light and chains leading up to the club|