Venue: The Historic Manhattan Casino

In 1925, Elder Jordan, a local African-American entrepreneur, began plans to build a 12,000 square foot facility which opened in 1931 under the name Jordan Dance Hall. Later, the building became known as the Manhattan Casino. During times of segregation, African-American entertainers traveling through St. Petersburg would perform for the black community at the Manhattan Casino since shows at the Coliseum were for whites only. Legendary musicians including Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughn, Nat King Cole, and more all performed at the Manhattan Casino. The original facility closed in 1968 and has seen changes in ownership and renovations over the years.

Now dubbed The Historic Manhattan Casino, the building’s rich history will live on through the special events, musical performances, and art displays that take place here. Nestled within the Warehouse Arts District, our event space will regularly play host to local musicians and artists, opening the hearts and eyes of the community to up and coming talent.


 


642 22nd Street South, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33712