By DJ Doran
Talbott Street, a popular Indianapolis nightclub and bar for the LGBTQ community, closed permanently on June 25.
The owner, Michael Strapulos, decided it was time to shut the doors after nearly 15 years in business.
“We decided to close because that is what the owner wanted to do,” the club’s social media manager said in a written statement. “Our manager is moving to California and it was just the time to close. This decision has been in the works for some time now.”
Talbott Street first opened in the 1920s as a movie theater, but in 2002 Talbott Street nightclub took over the movie theater’s space, located southwest of North Delaware and East 22nd streets on the north side of the city’s downtown area.
The club was well known for its drag shows and alternative entertainment events and in recent years, Talbot Street was widely regarded as one of the best dance clubs in the area, hosting both local and international DJs.
The announcement came just four days after the most deadly mass shooting in modern U.S. History occurred at PULSE nightclub in Orlando, Fla., where 49 people were murdered and at least 53 wounded.
Talbott Street thanked its patrons for their support over the years through a statement, saying, “It’s with a heavy heart and bright eyes that we must announce the end of an era for Indianapolis and the LGBTQ Community. The Talbott Street family would like to thank all of our supporters over the last 15 years…
“In the time in which we live, the idea of a safe haven is being challenged. Talbott Street has provided a safe place to be for over a decade, for which we are very proud.”
Look for The Word’s in-depth historical retrospective with interviews and memories of Talbott Street in the August issue.