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Cheetahs, in San Diego, California

Cheetah's Topless Club is a "gentleman's club" or topless bar located in San Diego, and Las Vegas, best known for being featured in the 1995 movie Showgirls, and also for having been owned by Mike Galardi, a nightclub owner who was investigated by the FBI with a controversial invocation of the Patriot Act. The Cheetah's club in San Diego is a full nude club where no alcohol is served. It has achieved notoriety for having been frequented by some of the September 11 hijackers.

Las Vegas Club[edit]

The Las Vegas club was founded in 1991 by Michael Galardi, and employs about 150 dancers. In 2004, Galardi admitted in a San Diego federal trial that he bribed Las Vegas officials in an attempt to influence strip club regulations. In a Las Vegas federal court, he stated that he paid between $200,000 and $400,000.[1]

The club is managed by Charles Wright, a retired professional wrestler best known for his stints in World Wrestling Entertainment as a voodoo witch doctor ("Papa Shango") and as a pimp ("The Godfather"), and was also part of the factions Nation of Domination & Money Inc. under the name Kama Mustafa and Right To Censor as The Goodfather.

In an April 2012 episode of NBC's Smash, the New York City club entrance can be seen when Megan Hilty's character Ivy Lynn walks down the street.

See also[edit]


  • Jordan, Brent Kenton, Stripped: Twenty Years of Secrets from inside the Strip Club, Satsu Multimedia Press, 2005, ISBN 0-9703441-2-0
  • "Cheetah's owner to contest LV fine" Las Vegas Review Journal, January 24, 2004
  • "FBI raids Vegas strip clubs, San Diego city offices" CNN, May 15, 2003
  • "Time to fix the Patriot Act"San Francisco Chronicle, April 7, 2005
  • "Patriot Act aided Feds in probe" Las Vegas Sun, November 4, 2003