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Plantation

4301 Plainfield Ave. N.E. Grand Rapids – Was in front of North Kent Mall (Cotton Club Casino) Also was a Teen Night Club.  Owners: Tony and Deloris Lomonaco. The bowling alley had 8 lanes. Cotton Ball Casino that hosted many activities, that was added on to the left side (south) about 1940. North Kent Mall bought the land approx 1970 and opened 1971.

The Plantation Opening Day 1933

The Plantation Opening Day 1933

The Plantation Grand Opening Ad - Grand Rapids Herald 9-24-1933

The Plantation Grand Opening Ad – Grand Rapids Herald 9-24-1933

Footsteps at the Plantation

 

Plantation Ad - Yellow Jackets

Plantation Ad – Yellow Jackets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cotton Club Casino which was the Plantation Ballroom, located on Plainfield N.E. Mary Lou Steed Marsh on the left.

Cotton Club Casino which was the Plantation Ballroom, located on Plainfield N.E. Mary Lou Steed Marsh on the left.

Plantation Ball Room Ad - The Ray Murphy Band

Plantation Ball Room Ad – The Ray Murphy Band

 

 

4 Responses to Plantation

  1. Tom Carter says:

    Paul Magnan, this is Tom Carter from the Ramrods you mentioned above. Small world. I’ve been going through old scrapbooks about my band and after seeing the Plantation mentioned so many times, I looked to see what this site had to say about it. And whatdya know, you had just made your comment a few days earlier! Yes, I remember playing there many times, and I remember your dad’s bands and booking agency. It was a fun place to play except for one night I remember when a drunk guy kept pestering us to play a song we didn’t know and didn’t want to play. My dad was there, so he tried to deter the guy to get him away from the stage when the guy hauled off and slugged my dad! In a split second, the guys in my band had him pressed against the wall next to the sage. The people from the Plantation (perhaps your dad, too) rushed over and either threw him out or called the police. (I can’t remember which.) Fortunately, stuff like that happened extremely seldom.

  2. Paul Magnan says:

    My father, Jerry Magnan, held teen dances at the Plantation. My sisters and I would work the ticket counter and concessions. I remember many local acts like the Ramrods along with national acts like Gerry and the Pacemakers. Met Larry Ballard for the very first time. He was in a band and was playing bass guitar.

    • Tom Carter says:

      Oops, Paul, I put my response to your note in the wrong place. See above your post on the Plantation page. Stupid computers!

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