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Bagdad Supper Club

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The Bagdad Supper Club was Dallas' ultrafashionable nightclub during its sporadic existence. Between 1929 and 1945, the club was open only intermittently as it passed through several bankruptcies and sales. Located ten miles west of Dallas at the Intersection of U.S. 80 and Bagdad Street in Grand Prairie, the nightspot's glory days ended in 1952 when the building burned to the ground.

Built in 1928, reputedly with Chicago money, the lavish Middle Eastern Motif of the Bagdad Supper club was highlighted by a $10,000 silk ceiling canopy imported from Istanbul.

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Posted On
Jul 10, 2012
Posted By
Diana Saunders Blank
+3 RE: Bagdad Supper Club
My parents spoke many times of the Bagdad Club when I was a child. It had been one of the big places to dine & dance & mingle during the "WAR" . They both came to GP during the war years. The fire that destroyed it was big news & marked the passing of an era when GP was a hot spot for those stationed with the military and others working to support the war effort. The ruins were very visible for many years & always stimulated a little nostalgic conversation when we passed the pile of rubble that had once seems like a palace.
Posted On
Jul 19, 2012
Posted By
Bebe Bingham
+4 Executive Director of the Bingham Compound
Frozen Roses at the Bagdad Club

In the early 1930s--the Big Band Era--my father was a professional musician who played in a dance band that worked the circuit in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. I was just a baby in 1934, but my mother and I traveled with the band when they played a multi-night "gig" at the Bagdad Club in Grand Prairie. I was told that I crawled on the floor at the Bagdad. HA!
When I got married in 1959 and moved to Grand Prairie, my parents visited us, and my mother told me of her remembrances of the Bagdad Club: every night there was a dozen red roses frozen in a large block of ice displayed in the entry of the club. This was quite a glamorous decoration for 1934!
Posted On
Jul 22, 2012
Posted By
Dennis Hummel
+3 bagdad Club- big band
My Dad was also a professional musician, Russ Hummel, with the Hummel Band who traveled Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Not for sure if they played the Bagdad Club or not, but would enjoy talking to you.
Posted On
Jul 23, 2012
Posted By
Brian Bingham
+4 RE: bagdad Club- big band
Dennis,
You might enjoy reading a book called Top O'Hill Casino

dcarb.com/.../...

Some mention of the Bagdad Club, but more about the history of the Casino in Arlington and a ton of little known history of the Arlington/GP/Dallas area.

If you will email me your contact information I'll see that my Mom (Bebe Bingham) gets it and you can talk about having a Dad that played at the Bagdad Club. bingham@allianc e-services.com

Thanks for the note.

Brian
Posted On
Jul 23, 2012
Posted By
Brian Bingham
+3 RE: Bagdad Supper Club
Dennis,
Actually the book is called:

J. Frank Norris, Top of the Hill Casino, Lew Jenkins, And the Texas Oil Rich.
Posted On
Mar 24, 2013
Posted By
Cameron Gray
-1 RE: Bagdad Supper Club
I would like to donate $500.00 in honor of Kim Thorne, GP Attorney -friend of the poor & champion of the US Bill of Rights.
Where do I send the donation?
Cameron Gray
Posted On
Jun 19, 2013
Posted By
Brian Bingham
0 Reply
MR. Gray,
I'm sorry I just saw this note. Please make the check payable to the Grand Prairie Historical Organization and mail it to Brian Bingham, Alliance Services, 1161 Corporate Dr. W., Suite 302, Arlington, Tx 76006. If you need to contact me my phone is 214-808-1913. The Newsletter for August is about to be published and we can get your dedication posted. Thank you for your generous gift in honor of Mr. Thorne.
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Aug 20, 2013
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