New Dimensions

in Bars, Clubs, and Discos

New Dimensions, a multilevel gay disco, opened at at 1012 Sumner Court in 1977. After purchasing the building formerly inhabited by Bayou Landing, New Dimensions’ owner Paul Hamlin revamped the former club’s light show and remodeled the club with an “‘Egyptian affect.” The three-floor multilevel disco featured weekly live entertainment, shows, and contests in addition to light shows, drinks, and dancing. Sumner Trucking Company, a men’s bar, opened below New Dimensions in 1980. New Dimensions closed temporarily in 1981 before being reopened under new ownership. New Dimensions closed permanently in late 1982. The club later reopened as Berlin.

Cleveland Public Library Photograph Collection.

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  • “Bayou Out, New Dimension In.” High Gear. June 1977. Page 9.
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  • “The New and the Old.” Action Magazine. November 1982. Page 14.
1012 Sumner Court, Cleveland, OH 44115 (New Dimensions).

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