Fresh £500k lease of life for historic Atlantis tower in Yarmouth
- Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016
It was once the biggest night out on the east coast, the last word in club life.
And now the new owners of the Atlantis tower - now known as the Tower Complex - are hoping to bring back the magic to the Golden Mile with a £500,000 makeover.
Costa and Karen Mantilaris moved from London in September to take over the complex, which takes pride of place on Great Yarmouth seafront. But Mr Mantilaris is no stranger to the town.
'When I was a young man we used to come here from London in our Ford Cortinas,' he said. 'It was different back then, but I think we can get that back.'
At that time what was known as the Tower Ballroom, under the panoramic Oasis Tower, was the place to be and be seen in. 'The size of the place, it's such a shame for it to not be used,' said Mr Mantilaris, 43.
'I know the place has had some trouble in the past but it's under new ownership, it's my place now, and we're putting a lot of money into making it great.'
As well as reopening the club arena, the new complex will also include a bar, two restaurants, VIP areas, party rooms, a casino and a soft play area for children during the day time.
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The iconic tower will also be reopened and is available for wedding hire, with the backdrop of golden sands.
And Mr Mantilaris, who has three children and now lives in Ludham, is clear that safety is his top priority.
'It's not going to be a fight club,' he said. 'It's a safe place where people can have a good time.'
Already Mr Mantilaris has taken bookings for parties and weddings, but he also has a whole range of events in the pipeline, from under 18s nights to live DJ sets.
The new programme of events will kick off on January 23, with the Tiffany's reunion - a night of nostalgia and big tunes. There are now only around 40 tickets left for the event, organised by Dave Starbuck, with an extra 250 on-the-door entrants allowed.
Mr Mantilaris said he'd been very surprised by the popularity of the reunion, and Mr Starbuck said it had 'gone viral.'
The Tower Complex will be employing between 20 - 30 staff, some of whom are already on board. And whilst things will start to get going next week, Mr Mantilaris is hoping the whole complex will be opened by Easter.
'We've completely renovated the place, and if there's one thing I've learned it's to treat people how you want to be treated, so that's what I'll be doing here,' he added.