Club Hollywood Menu
Scope and Contents
This collection is composed of a single menu printed approximately 1945 from Club Hollywood located at 329 Portage St. Kalamazoo Michigan.
The outside of the menu includes the name of the restaurant as well as the words “Southern Michigan’s Smartest Dine and Dance Rendezvous” with menu and a small graphic underneath depicting a man and woman drinking and smoking. The cover is beige with black type and the top right and bottom left corners have the edges cut off deliberately. Inside in black ink, different menu options are offered. A piece of dark blue paper has a list of wines and spirits. The back cover shows an ad for Pfeiffer’s Beer and a graphic of a man in a black suit carrying a try of beer and food.
- approximately 1945
- Club Hollywood (Kalamazoo, Mich.) (Organization)
Club Hollywood History
Club Hollywood was founded approximately 1934 by Joseph Schensul (1898-1965). Club Hollywood was a nightclub located at 329 Portage St. Kalamazoo, Michigan, serving various spirits as well as entertaining patrons with live music, dancing, magic shows, teen nights, and other forms of leisure. The Club Hollywood building stood in downtown Kalamazoo Michigan and operated for around twenty years, from ca. 1934 until the winter of 1954 when it was shut down. Consumers Power Co. leased the building later that year.
Joseph Schensul History
Joseph Schensul attended Kalamazoo College and developed an interest in the restaurant industry leading him to open several businesses including Sweetheart Shop (1920), Brown & Gold (1922), Club Hollywood, and Schensul Cafeteria (1938) which he eventually expanded to include eleven Schensul cafeterias in Michigan and Indiana by 1974. Joseph Schensul included his family in his businesses making his brother Irving Schensul the manager of the original Kalamazoo location, and having his children work in the location as well.
0.05 Cubic Feet
Language of Materials
This collection is 0.05 cubic feet and is composed of a single menu measuring 9 ½” by 6 ½”. Inside the menu are two smaller menus, one advertising cocktails and measuring 5” by 3” on red paper with black ink, the same message is written on both sides, the second is for sandwich suggestions and measures 5 ½” by 5” on yellow-orange paper with black ink, it is double sided.
The menu is in good condition and still relatively sturdy. It shows sign of use including staining, handwritten menu changes, and wear along seams. Materials show significant yellowing and fading, especially the cocktail list and wine list. A dark brown spot covers the back menu, print is still legible, most likely caused by the cocktail menu.
Found in collection.
- Club Hollywood Menu finding aid
- Hannah Garrod; Stephanie Chapman
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository
Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US