Probably just confirmation bias on my part (due to me being a grumpy middle-aged guy), but the reason I chose that now-vintage Kinks’ song for the thread title is I passed yet another Long Island dance club I once used to frequent that has now been “repurposed” - this time to a chain restaurant. There’s been a die-off of my old favorite Dance Clubs since the 1990s, OK, fine, life is not static - but to my knowledge and from info gain from various web sites, no new clubs are really being created except in a few “Hot Spot” districts -any “new” dance clubs are just rebranded (and remodeled) existing clubs (e.g Spratts --> Glo or Chelsea St. --> Aura), but as other former dance club buildings (either free-standing or in hotels) are converted to bars or restaurants or yet one more branch of a chain pharmacy or chain banks, that site is written off club-wise. Web comments indicates this is also happening in North Jersey and Westchester. This die-off phenomenon of course excludes destinations such as the Hamptons, Island Park, the Jersey Shore, and of course Manhattan/Downtown Brooklyn.
So, am I (and other web-posters) just imagining the great Suburban Dance Club* die-off? Are other Suburban areas of the Country experincing this? Is it possible that the NY Tri-State area had such a big boom in Dance Clubs starting in the late-70s (before my club-going era) and lasting till the late 1990s, while other areas did not, so we had further to fall? Any ideas?
*For reference: a Dance Club almost always uses a DJ to provide the music mix (a live band is a very extra-ordinary event, and publized as such, and alternates with the DJ mix), the venue usually has one big dance-floor, 2 or 3 bars surrounding the floor, one or more lounge areas (which may be as simple as a single couch - one lounge is normally designated a VIP lounge area), and various lighting and decorative elements to produce an energeric and/or romantic mood as needed. Food is NOT normally available for purchase, although sometimes early morning (3:00AM or so) breakfast buffets are put out for patrons as a gimmick. Suburban clubs do have bouncers to keep order, but I don’t really recall any working the door in gate-keepers duty.