Atlantic City, NJ - Cliftons Club Harlem
Club Harlem was a popular nightclub in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Founded in 1935 by Leroy "Pop" Williams, it was the city's premier club for black jazz performers. It was outfitted with two lounges and a main showroom seating over 900. The club went into a steep decline between the mid-1970s and mid-1980s when casino gambling was introduced. It last opened for two weeks in the summer of 1986 and later was sold and shuttered for good. It was the last of Atlantic City's major golden age nightclubs. In December 1992 a nor'easter struck the building, and it was soon was torn down. The building site is now a parking lot. Photo by John Margolies, 1978.