|At the Latin Casino after the senior prom in 1958|
Though Philly teenagers were more likely to take the subway rather than a limo to the prom in the 1950s, their evenings-to-remember didn’t completely lack sophistication. Many a prom evening ended at the Latin Casino, the city’s premier nightclub at the time. Poised at the gates of adulthood, promgoers might be facing the work-a-day world in a matter of months, but they were allowed a glamorous night out at the place to see and be seen.
The Latin Casino opened at 1309 Walnut Street in 1948. Its expansive basement room seated 500 people and hosted a constellation of stars, including Martha Raye, Milton Berle, Lena Horne, Danny Thomas, Jimmy Durante, Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin. With a band and a chorus line, it was Center City’s most sophisticated nightspot at the time.
|Latin Casino show poster from 1960|