Cotton Club

in Bars, Clubs, and Discos

The Cotton Club, a jazz bar, opened at 2226 East 55th Street in 1934. The Cotton Club offered low-cost musical entertainment to a predominantly African-American audience. The Cotton Club frequently featured local and national musical entertainers. One such entertainer, Boots Lavana (a female impersonator from Buffalo, New York) was billed as the club’s featured performer. The Cotton Club closed in 1935.

Cotton Club location ca. 1939. Cleveland Public Library Photograph Collection.

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  • Lee, C. E. “Night Clubs.” Call and Post. December 1, 1934.
  • Loeb, Chas H. “Cotton Club Closed; May Re-Open Soon.” Call and Post. February 9, 1935.
  • Malnar, Sierra. “Paradise Auditorium.” Green Book Cleveland.
2226 E 55th St, Cleveland, OH 44103

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