Taking a trip down memory lane as we revisit Hollywood nightclub in Ipswich

The Hollywood sign that would illuminate the outside of the building

The Hollywood sign that would illuminate the outside of the building - Credit: Archant

If you were going out in Ipswich in the late 1980s and 1990s, the chances are that was to Hollywood nightclub.

In 1988 Hollywood nightclub officially opened for business

In 1988 Hollywood nightclub officially opened for business - Credit: Archant

Hollywood’s officially opened in Ipswich in 1988 in the former maltings building close to the railway station.

In 1988 Hollywood nightclub officially opened for business

In 1988 Hollywood nightclub officially opened for business - Credit: Archant

With large bars to cater to the masses, the opening night was packed out as everyone wanted to check out the newest nightclub in town.

Hollywoods also hosted a childrens' Christmas party in 1988.

Hollywoods also hosted a childrens' Christmas party in 1988. - Credit: Archant

It became famous for its Monday indie nights, DJs and dancers. It was so popular that people would queue over the Princes Street bridge to get in.

All the contestants lined up on stage as the judges decided who would be the carnival queen for 1989

All the contestants lined up on stage as the judges decided who would be the carnival queen for 1989 - Credit: Archant

As well as club nights, Hollywood also hosted children’s parties with Santa in attendance at the Christmas 1988 party.

All the contestants lined up on stage as the judges decided who would be the carnival queen for 1989

All the contestants lined up on stage as the judges decided who would be the carnival queen for 1989 - Credit: Archant


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The following year, 1989, saw the nightclub host the annual carnival queen pageant, with many in competition for the crown.

Hollywood's hosted all kinds of vistors as we see Dannii Minogue here in May 1991

Hollywood's hosted all kinds of vistors as we see Dannii Minogue here in May 1991 - Credit: Archant

Well known performers also made appearances at Hollywoods, as Dannii Minogue visited in May 1991.

A typical night in Hollywoods in 1993 as people gradually made their way to the dancefloor

A typical night in Hollywoods in 1993 as people gradually made their way to the dancefloor - Credit: Archant

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During the 1990s the venue was given a makeover and its name was changed to Kartouche and it managed to attract a number of well-known DJs and celebrity appearances.

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

Cocktails were among one of the more popular drinks of choice at Hollywood's in 1993 - Credit: Archant

In 2003 it had another change of identity to Zest.

Are you one of those seen in these photos from Hollywoods nightclub in 1993?

Are you one of those seen in these photos from Hollywoods nightclub in 1993? - Credit: Archant

Its closure as a nightclub came very suddenly.

During the early hours of Saturday, December 9 2006 24-year-old Londoner Jimoh Plunkett was shot and killed during a major disturbance at the club. There were around 800 revellers there at the time. The borough council ordered its closure the following month.

In 2011 it was converted into the Malthouse live music venue – but it closed at the end of February last year.

Did you enjoy nights out at Hollywoods during the 90s? Let us know via email

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