Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Evolution of The Hollywood Tavern/House of Lancaster

The Hollywood Tavern on the Queensway as it appeared in the late 1950's. I can't say for certain but I suspect it was a somewhat elegant establishment along the lines of the Copacabana, the el Mocambo and even the Cabana Room at the Spadina Hotel.
A supper club where people would go for dinner and dancing as the sign below suggests.
The side entrance.
The Queensway looking west w/ The Hollywood to the left.
It received a makeover in the 60's and became more of a bar.
Another angle. We went here in the late 70's when it was a Disco and then later when it was a club with bands. We saw Twitch play here and maybe B.B. Gabor...
It's newest incarnation as the House of Lancaster....


  1. Such a shame that a building that looked so cool, looks so bland now.

  2. And is a strip club that isn't really very interesting.

  3. No it's not. We used to go there in high school when it was still the Hollywood and we had a big party there after graduation.

    1. What school did you go to? I went to the Wood after school all the time, and was there every night. I miss it! A place where everyone knew your name.

  4. Teenage Head would just D-E-S-T-R-O-Y The Hollywood Tavern back in the day!