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Copacabana

268 West 47th Street & 8th Avenue. 3rd Floor., New York, New York 10036 USA

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Opens Tue 6p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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“New York's most famous nightclub”

The Copa was used as a setting in the films Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Tootsie, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Carlito's Way, The French Connection, Martin and Lewis, and Beyond the Sea.

The club opened November 10, 1940 at 10 East 60th Street in New York City. Although Monte Proser's name was on the lease, he had a powerful partner: mob boss Frank Costello. Costello put Jules Podell on the scene to look after his interests; Podell had a police record and would not have been an acceptable front man for the business, and indeed, the club faced tax problems and a racketeering investigation in 1944. However, by 1948, such pressure had lessened; Proser was out, and Podell was the official owner.

The Copacabana had Brazilian decor and Latin-themed orchestras, though the menu featured Chinese food. The club was also known for its chorus line, “The Copacabana Girls,” who had pink hair and elaborate sequined costumes, mink panties and brassiers, and fruited turbans.

Podell originally had a strict “no blacks” policy. In 1944 Harry Belafonte, then a member of the U.S. Navy, was denied entry with a date. Eventually Podell was persuaded to change his policy, and Belafonte returned in the 1950s as a headliner at the club. Sammy Davis Jr. shattered attendance records with his run in May 1964, and Sam Cooke performed there on July 8, 1964, resulting in the LP Sam Cooke at the Copa. In July 1965 the Supremes made their debut there, resulting in Motown Records booking the Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas, and Marvin Gaye performing at the Copa in the next few years. The Supremes also recorded a live album there in 1965 that just missed the Top 10, peaking at #11. Marvin Gaye also recorded a live album, as did The Temptations. The Supremes proved to be the most successful of all the Motown acts. A recent The Supremes: Live at the Copa Expanded Edition featuring the much sought after original repertoire was recently released in 2012.
Martin and Jerry Lewis were frequent performers at the club, and did their last performance there as well, on July 25, 1956, which is seen in the 2002 TV movie Martin and Lewis.
The nnightclub achieved a degree of notoriety due to a May 16, 1957 incident involving members of the New York Yankees. On that evening, teammates Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Hank Bauer, Yogi Berra, Johnny Kucks and Billy Martin, along with the wives of all but Martin, arrived at the nightclub to celebrate Martin's birthday. Sammy Davis, Jr. happened to be the headliner. During the performance, a group of bowlers, apparently intoxicated, started to interfere with Davis' act, even hurling racial slurs at him. This behavior incensed the Yankees, especially Martin, since his roommate was Elston Howard, the first African American to join the Yankees. Tensions erupted between the two factions, and the resulting fracas made newspaper headlines. Several of the Yankees were fined. One of the bowlers sued or pressed charges against[clarification needed] Bauer for aggravated assault, but Bauer was found not liable or not guilty[clarification needed]. Martin was later traded from the Yankees to the Kansas City Athletics, with this incident cited as a main cause.

In the mid-1970s, the Copa became a discothèque. It was closed for three years in the 1970s after the owner died.

Miss Dirty Martini performing at the Times Square location.

In 1992, then-owner Peter Dorn moved the club from its original location of over 50 years, to 617 West 57th Street. Dorn charged landlord Nicola Biase with “not liking Hispanics”, the stated reason for the move.[6]

In 2001, the club was forced to move a third time to W. 34th Street and Eleventh Avenue on the west side of Manhattan, when its landlord terminated its lease early to build office towers on the site. Since then it has presented mostly hip-hop and salsa acts.

On January 20, 2007, the club announced that it would have to move by July 1 because its current location was condemned due to the planned expansion of the IRT Flushing Line (7 ) of the New York City Subway.[7] June 30 of the same year was the last night the club was open with El Gran Combo performing.

From late 2007 until the club reopened in 2011, the club was sharing space with the Columbus 72 nightclub, both of which have the same owners.

In April 2010 the club owners were approved for a liquor license to operate the club in a new location 760-766 8th Avenue on the second and third floors.[8] In November 2010 the club owners were granted permission to alter the method of operation on the second floor to permit dancing by restaurant patrons as well as the general public, not limited to private parties and catered events.

On July 12, 2011, the club re-opened to the public in Times Square at 268 W. 47th Street, New York, NY. The first performer at the new location was world-renowned salsa musician Willie Colón

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Copacabana

268 West 47th Street & 8th Avenue. 3rd Floor.
New York, New York
10036 USA

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Closed Now
  • Tue: 6:00 pm - 1:00 am
  • Fri, Sat: 10:00 pm - 4:00 am

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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