The demolition of Philadelphia’s Chestnut Cabaret nightclub, which served as ECW’s previous home venue, has been planned to make way for a new retail/office building, according to a report from Pwinsider.
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Beginning in 1992, the facility, now known as Blockey’s, hosted ECW events until the promotion eventually moved to the ECW Arena.
Tod Gordon, the company’s founder, made the following comments regarding the building’s demolition:
“The Chestnut Cabaret was a small intimate club, not much larger that the Sports Bar we began in, but it did offer better chairs, lighting, and an actual dressing room,” Gordon stated. “Even though we only ran there for less than six months, I actually have some great memories from the shows we held there. JT Smith got hired to work at Carver W. Reed right out of something that happened at a show there. Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka teamed up with Ivan Koloff to pull a hilarious rib on one of the young workers. It’s a classic story and both the aforementioned are told in detail in my upcoming book. So I’ll raise a toast to what turned out to be a memorable venue that was important in our infancy.”