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Bogart's marquee
Address 2621 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio
United States
Coordinates 39°07′48″N 84°30′35″W / 39.13000°N 84.50972°W / 39.13000; -84.50972
Owner Live Nation
Capacity 1464
Current use Concert venue
Opened 1905
Closed 1955, ca. 1970
Years active 1980 – present

Bogart's is a music venue located in the Corryville neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, near the University of Cincinnati, across Vine Street from Sudsy Malone's Rock 'n Roll Laundry & Bar. The venue opened as a vaudeville theater called the Nordland Plaza Nickelodeon in 1905. It operated until 1955 when it succumbed to the competition from television. It reopened in 1960 screening primarily German films. It later operated as a restaurant with entertainment named Inner Circle. In the mid 1970s, Bogart's opened in the space after an extensive remodeling as a 250-seat club and restaurant, expanded around 1980 and then further expanded to 1,500-seats in 1993.[1] In 1997, Nederlander Concerts assumed management of Bogart's.[2] SFX (now Live Nation) bought many of Nederlander's concert operations in 1999.[3]

Prior to its 1980 expansion, Bogarts hosted themed-party nights, such as a Casablanca club theme when the venue opened. It hosted a wide variety of comedians, ranging from Billy Crystal to Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, national recording artists and bands that gained fame through their appearances at Bogart's, such as Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

In its early years, Bogart's was the proving ground for many up-coming metal bands. The intimate setting offered an up-close experience, often allowing the crowd to flow onto the stage with performers such as Testament, Slayer, Death, Dark Angel, Overkill, W.A.S.P. and others. While metal bands appeared frequently, Bogart's offered performances of several music styles each week.[citation needed]

The venue remains under management of Live Nation and has two levels: a pit, and a balcony which is open for larger events.[4]


  1. ^ "Bogart's History". Bogart's. Archived from the original on 2013-11-03. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  2. ^ Bird, Ricky (30 September 1007). "Nederlander will book Bogart's". The Cincinnati Post. Highbeam Research. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  3. ^ Neal, Jill Hudson (8 March 2000). "Merriweather Post scheduled for new look". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  4. ^ Singer, Allen J (2005). Stepping Out in Cincinnati: Queen City Entertainment 1900-1960. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 35. ISBN 0-7385-3432-3. 

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