Wednesday, February 27, 2013
It was once one of Norwich’s best-loved nightclubs – but Rick’s Place in Anglia Square closed nearly 10 years ago.
Now the building has been brought back to life as an events venue.
New leaseholders Steve Brookes and Joan Bush have overseen a £30,000 makeover of the site, now called Twilight, and it’s set to reopen a week tomorrow with the official launch with special guests two days later.
The club has undergone a full refurbishment and now has three bars, two rooms and a Function 1 sound system, said to be one of the few in Norwich.
The club has previously traded under various names including Rick’s Place, Destiny, Deja Vu and Scamps, and was very popular before the hub of the city’s night life moved to Prince of Wales Road and the Riverside complex.
It was called Destiny when it closed in 2004 following complaints over disorderly behaviour and underage drinking.
It had previously been known as Scamps, which opened in the summer of 1973. Rick’s Place, named after Humphrey Bogart’s club in the film Casablanca, arrived in the 1980s and became a popular haunt for the region’s youth.
The new club will be an events venue which promoters will pay to rent out and will be ticketed only.
Club manager Steve Brookes said they were opening it as an events venue, because they did not think it had a future as just a nightclub.
He said: “That’s the main reason we have gone with it as an events club. Most of the Fridays and Saturdays in the near future are already taken, so we hope it will be a success.
“Because of our location, slightly out of the city, I think the only people we would get in here as a nightclub would be those too drunk to get in a nightclub in the city centre or those too drunk to stay in the city. There are also not thousands of houses around here.”
The venue will be open for hire daily, and will be able to cater to up to 1,000 people.
Events manager Vicci Lee said; “We want to put on proper events here, like Ibiza nights, and to attract good DJs that people might see when they are on holiday. I always think that people want to see the same DJs they saw abroad, when they get home. We will also have ladies’ and gents’ nights, R&B, northern soul and drum & bass, and celebrities. We could also have fitness and dancing clubs during the day. And maybe boxing and wrestling in the future.”
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