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NIGHT LINES

Sure, there are plenty of supper clubs in L.A. (see Ritual, Foxtail, etc.), but only one has the audacity to call itself the Supperclub. Supperclub at the Vogue Theater, a forthcoming 17,000-square-foot restaurant/nightclub inside a historic building (the long-vacant Vogue Theater at 6675 Hollywood Blvd.), is actually part of an international chain called Supperclub. The first Supperclub bowed in Amsterdam 15 years ago and gave birth to locations in Rome and San Francisco. Now, the concept is coming to L.A. (a Singapore outpost is also opening soon). Co-owners Tad Glauthier, Abdi Manavi and Jerry Garcia (Manavi, right, and Garcia pictured in the theater) are busy working on the Hollywood branch, which they say will “change the neighborhood forever” when it bows in December. “In between each dinner course, there are performances,” Manavi says. Patrons eat and drink on actual beds while watching edgy performers (dominatrixes, opera singers, midgets on bicycles, etc.) during lavish multi-course meals. “In Amsterdam the shows tend to be more fetish-like,” Manavi says. “In Rome the shows are more serious, and in San Francisco anything goes. . . . We’ll see what happens in L.A.” Manavi says capacity at the venue, which will become a full-on nightclub (replete with a VIP area called the Gold Room) after 10 p.m., is 570. But five times a year they are able to do “the full 808, which would be New Year’s Eve, Halloween, the Oscars, etc.” What about the famed ghost, Fritz, who allegedly haunts the Vogue? “There will be an area for Fritz,” Manavi says of the German projectionist whose death at the theater in the 1980s is the stuff of Hollywood lore. “You’ve got to respect him and we will refurbish his projector and keep it in the lobby.”

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-- Charlie.Amter@latimes.com


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