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The Continental
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created by Shawn W. on 9/28/2009 1:19 PM
last modified by Retro_Chick on 6/6/2012 7:36 PM
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A decent-sized, two story nightclub, with a stage on the first floor, a dance floor with a ceiling that used to change color on the second, and DJ booths and bars on each level.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Somewhat Difficult
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information
212 Franklin Street
Buffalo, New York
United States
Owner: Mark Croce
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  •  Hazards
  • various building materials
  •  Interesting Features
    The dance floor, writing on the walls of bathroom stalls, stickers and flyers posted by various bands over the years, and more.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • locked gates
  • wooden boarding
  • entrances visible from the street in a moderate to high traffic area
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 2005
     Required Equipment
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  •  Recommended Equipment
    camera, gloves
    The Continental Night Club has been around since at least the early 1960s, perhaps before, but opened under its' current name in or around 1970.

    From about the early '80s until closing, The Continental, also known as "The Cont" by regular patrons, was home to an eclectic crowd. Punks at first, then gays, then an alternative crowd in general, before essentially becoming a goth club around the early '90s, lasting until its' demise on the night of August 3, 2005.

    Many well-known musical artists graced the stage on the first floor, some not so well-known when they did so. The Goo Goo Dolls got their start at The Continental, with Johnny Reznik serving as a barback, and Robby Takac occasionally manning the soundboard. Other well-known bands/artists to have played were Billy Idol, when he was with Generation X, Cyndi Lauper, White Zombie, Gene Loves Jezebel, Daniel Ash of Bauhaus, Switchblade Symphony, The Alarm, ohGr (side project of Nivek Ogre of Skinny Puppy), Anthrax, The Misfits, Electric Hellfire Club, The Crüxshadows, and Buffalo's own The Fems, who, after breaking up, played annual Christmas reunion shows there until it closed.

    In addition to its' first floor stage, the second floor had what was considered to be one of the best dance floors in Buffalo. The DJs played an eclectic mix, from alternative rock, to new wave, to goth and industrial, synthpop, electroclash, and more. Despite a majority of the patrons being of the gothic or rivethead persuasion in its' later years, as long as they didn't start trouble, no one was ever turned away for being different from the rest, either in dress, race, musical preference, or a number of other things. In fact, variety and acceptance was a large part of what made The Continental so popular. Frat boy, goth, socialite, whatever. Everyone could walk in, and feel like they belonged.

    The club will be missed by many, but it will always live on in the memories of the patrons who cherished their time in one of the best clubs ever to grace Buffalo.

    Edit: I'd also like to add that a rather unique drink, the Purple Motherf**ker, was created there by bartender-turned-manager Dale Ellison, and can be found for sale at Club Diablo (517 Washington Street in Buffalo), which is owned by former Cont head of security Jesse Zueffle.
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     Future Plans
    The Continental is supposedly scheduled for demolition on the afternoon of September 28, 2009, so that its' space can be used for a parking lot/entryway for a boutique hotel in the building next door, also owned by Mark Croce, which is being renovated.

    Edit 9/29/09: The Cont is apparently still up. I've left a message with someone at Waterbourne Construction Advisors, who are in charge of the demo, to find out when it's coming down. Hopefully, they'll get back to me.

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     Photo Galleries
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    Historical photos
    Mon, Sep 28th, 2009
    posted by Shawn W.
    20 pictures
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    A Journey Into A Memory
    Mon, Sep 28th, 2009
    posted by Shawn W.
    25 pictures
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    A Journey Into A Memory, Pt. 2
    Mon, Sep 28th, 2009
    posted by Shawn W.
    21 pictures
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    From A Goo Fan
    Mon, Dec 7th, 2009
    posted by Retro_Chick
    2 pictures
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    what remains
    Wed, Apr 7th, 2010
    posted by fixbuffalo
    1 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 6/7/2012 12:36 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jun 7 12 at 0:36, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Jun 6 12 at 19:36, Retro_Chick changed the following: Status
  • on Apr 8 10 at 1:15, Steed validated this location
  • on Apr 7 10 at 6:48, fixbuffalo added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Apr 7 10 at 6:45, fixbuffalo created a new gallery
  • on Dec 7 09 at 6:52, Steed validated this location
  • on Dec 7 09 at 4:32, Retro_Chick updated gallery picture Continental May 2008
  • on Dec 7 09 at 4:31, Retro_Chick updated gallery picture Goo Goo Dolls
  • on Dec 7 09 at 4:30, Retro_Chick added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Dec 7 09 at 4:28, Retro_Chick created a new gallery
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