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Days Gone By: Hooray for Hollywood! Were you a regular at iconic Ipswich nightspot?

PUBLISHED: 14:30 15 April 2020 | UPDATED: 07:23 16 April 2020

Party time at Hollywood night club, Ipswich, in 1989.

Party time at Hollywood night club, Ipswich, in 1989.

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Did you dance the night away at Hollywood nightclub in Ipswich back in the 1980s and 90s?

Dancing the night away at Hollywood nightclub.Dancing the night away at Hollywood nightclub.

The venue, in the former maltings near the railway station, opened in 1988.

Cocktails were among one of the more popular drinks of choice at Hollywood's in 1993 Picture: ARCHANTCocktails were among one of the more popular drinks of choice at Hollywood's in 1993 Picture: ARCHANT

Crowds turned out for the opening night, eager to see the town’s newest nightspot and sample a cocktail at the bar.

A pageant for deciding the Carnival Queen was held at Hollywoods nightclub in 1989 Picture: ARCHANTA pageant for deciding the Carnival Queen was held at Hollywoods nightclub in 1989 Picture: ARCHANT

A wide range of events included indie nights and DJ club nights, with queues to get in sometimes extending over Princes Street bridge.

Carnival Queen pageant hosted at the Hollywood club in 1989 Picture: ARCHANTCarnival Queen pageant hosted at the Hollywood club in 1989 Picture: ARCHANT

As well as Ipswich, people travelled from Norwich, Essex, Cambridge, London, and further afield.

Hollywoods also hosted a kids christmas party in 1988 Picture: ARCHANTHollywoods also hosted a kids christmas party in 1988 Picture: ARCHANT

Events held at Hollywood’s, as it was known, ranged from a children’s Christmas party in 1988 to a carnival queen pageant in 1989.

Hollywood nightclub was packed out for its official opening in 1988 Picture: ARCHANTHollywood nightclub was packed out for its official opening in 1988 Picture: ARCHANT

The club was given a makeover in the 1990s, when its name was changed to Kartouche, and then in 2003 changed its identity again, to Zest. It is now The Maltings office complex.

The Hollywood sign that would illuminate the outside of the building Picture: ARCHANTThe Hollywood sign that would illuminate the outside of the building Picture: ARCHANT

Do these photos bring back any memories? Email judy.rimmer@archant.co.uk. To order copies of these photos, visit www.eadt.co.uk/myphotos24, or call Diane Townsend on 01603 772449.


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