A stage present on the Odyssey in Vancouver (Photograph: Odyssey | Fb)
Odyssey bar and nightclub in Vancouver, Canada, has introduced that it’s to shut on 30 June.
Administration posted a message to the venue’s Fb web page.
‘Expensive Patrons, with a lot thought and deliberation, it has been determined that June 30th would be the final day The Odyssey Bar & Nightclub will open its doorways.
‘As Vancouver has been our dwelling for nearly 30 years, we’ve got had the honour of being a protected inclusive LGBTQ+ area for a lot of locally and visiting overseas. It has been a definite pleasure of internet hosting among the finest and iconic occasions over the previous few years which have introduced a lot vitality and pleasure.
‘To all our adoring followers and supporters, our artists, workers, promoters and anybody that as walked in our doorways – with a lot love we thanks.
‘We hope to see you all at a lot of our wonderful occasions we might be internet hosting earlier than we shut, and charm us together with your faces one final time.’
No additional clarification for the closure was provided. Nonetheless, many commented on the posting that the venue’s location had not helped enterprise.
Relocation outdoors the homosexual village
The Odyssey first opened 30 years in the past and ran efficiently for a few years on the nook of Howe Road and Davie Road – a part of the town’s homosexual village. Nonetheless, that venue needed to shut in 2010 when the positioning was earmarked for demolition.
The venue’s homeowners looked for appropriate new premises for a number of years. They lastly selected the membership’s present dwelling at 686 West Hastings Road. The membership reopened in July 2015.
Though it tried to recreate lots of the membership’s former points of interest – together with the ‘Bathe Energy’ cubicles for go-go dancers and common drag performances – the brand new location positioned it removed from the town’s homosexual village.
‘Very unhappy information certainly however the location could have been its downfall. The brand new location was horrible!’ mentioned Fb commentator Alvin Vigil.
Many massive cities have seen a closure of LGBTI venues in recent times. London has misplaced round half of its homosexual venues within the final decade. New York and San Francisco have additionally seen many closures.
The closures have come about as a result of quite a lot of components: Rising actual property costs and rents making it tougher to show a revenue; extra folks hooking up through apps fairly than on the scene; LGBTI folks feeling extra comfy socialising in additional mainstream institutions being simply three of the explanations.
GSN has contacted administration at Odyssey for additional remark.