Phantasy Theater

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Phantasy Theater
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Angela Rarsheid captures DJ Textbeak spinning at The Chamber, Phantasy Entertainment Complex, 2016
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Address11802 Detroit Ave
Town or city Lakewood, Ohio
Country United States

The Phantasy Entertainment Complex has been a staple in the Cleveland music scene since the early 1980s. [1] The Phantasy has helped in launching nationally recognized bands Anne E. DeChant, Devo, Exotic Birds, Filter, Lucky Pierre, the Adults, The Pagans, Stabbing Westward, and was the debut location for Nine Inch Nails. [2] [3] [4] It has also been a stopover for other major acts like Iggy Pop, Jesus and Mary Chain, The Pogues, The Psychedelic Furs, and the Ramones, as well as hosting reunion shows for bands including Lestat, among others. [5]

Anne E. DeChant is an American rock singer/songwriter/guitarist based in the Cleveland area. Her career began with the band Odd Girl Out in the early 1990s before releasing her first solo project in 1996.

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Exotic Birds

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The Phantasy Entertainment Complex, consisting of the Phantasy Nite Club, The Chamber, Symposium, and Phantasy Theater, first opened in 1918 when it was known as the Homestead Theater. The theater played movies until 1979 and at one point was referred to as the Detroit Theater. Between the years 1976-1977 it was called The Last Picture Show. In the eighties, the theater was renamed the Phantasy, with a focus on alternative, goth and industrial rock groups.

Alternative rock is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music. The term's original meaning was broader, referring to a generation of musicians unified by their collective debt to either the musical style or simply the independent, DIY ethos of punk rock, which in the late 1970s laid the groundwork for alternative music. At times, "alternative" has been used as a catch-all description for music from underground rock artists that receives mainstream recognition, or for any music, whether rock or not, that is seen to be descended from punk rock. Although the genre evolved in the late 1970s and 1980s, music anticipating the sound of the genre can be found as early as the 1960s, with bands such as The Velvet Underground.

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The interior of the Phantasy with its two halves of a pirate ship was left over from days as a restaurant. John De Frasia, purchased the complex in 1965 when he opened a restaurant inside called Piccadilly Square. After seeing the 1962 film Mutiny on the Bounty De Frasia built the pirate ship. [6] One side of the ship is used as a dj booth, while the second half is a sound stage. The walls of the complex contains early new wave posters, and stickers from most bands having appeared at the complex since its opening.

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Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett performed at the Phantasy Theater in 1987 a day before their film premiere of Light of Day. [7]

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Joan Jett American musician

Joan Jett is an American rock singer, songwriter, composer, musician, record producer and occasional actress.

<i>Light of Day</i> 1987 film by Paul Schrader

Light of Day is a 1987 American musical drama film starring Michael J. Fox, Gena Rowlands and Joan Jett. It was written and directed by Paul Schrader. The original music score was composed by Thomas Newman and the cinematography is by John Bailey.

Within the same complex The Chamber dance club began in 1996 [8] under the joint management of DJ Cable and Michele De Frasia and has since been the local haven for Alternative, Goth and Industrial subcultures. Notable artists that have frequented The Chamber and are from the area include Andy Kubiszewski, Marilyn Manson, Kevin McMahon, Lorin Morgan-Richards, Larry Szyms and Textbeak, to name a few.

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Marilyn Manson American rock musician and actor

Brian Hugh Warner, known by his stage name Marilyn Manson, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, visual artist, author, and former music journalist. He is known for his controversial stage personality and image as the lead singer of the band Marilyn Manson, which he co-founded with guitarist Daisy Berkowitz and of which he remains the only constant member. Like other members of the band, his stage name was formed by combining and juxtaposing the names of two American pop cultural icons of the 1960s: actress Marilyn Monroe and criminal Charles Manson.

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In 2009, the complex was investigated by paranormal researchers who claim to have captured audio of spirits. [9] In 2010, a fire swept through the complex. [10]

In 2015, it was announced the Phantasy Nite Club complex was for sale. [11] [12]

See also

List of music venues

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  6. "Phantasy for sale: Lakewood music complex hosts open house with concerts (photos)". Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  7. "'Light of Day' was filmed in Cleveland but never made city a star". 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  8. "Lakewood goth-industrial club the Chamber celebrates 20th anniversary". 2016-04-29. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  9. "Ghost hunters investigate hauntings at Lakewood's Phantasy Theater". 2009-10-31. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  10. "Fire sweeps through Phantasy Concert Club in Lakewood |". Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  11. "Phantasy club complex still hosting shows, bands and benefit for Type 1 Diabetes (photos)". 2015-09-10. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  12. "Phantasy Nightclub's final show to feature Death of Samantha, the Floyd Band & more". 2018-08-13. Retrieved 2018-09-04.

Coordinates: 41°29′02.1″N81°46′14.0″W / 41.483917°N 81.770556°W / 41.483917; -81.770556