Check another item off of the big Memphis Scavenger Hunt List. I’ve got a picture of the hand-painted “no discrimination” sign on the side of the Hollywood Disco downtown.
There are actually two. One is on the side of the building:
And one is on the front:
The Hollywood Disco is commonly referred to as “Old Raiford’s”, because it used to be Raiford’s Hollywood Disco.
The original owner, costume wearing, jheri-curled octogenarian Mr. Raiford, decided to close the club a few years ago. It was scooped up by a couple from Cordova who kept the inside completely intact, light-up dance floor, pole, and all.
The Hollywood Disco is a quirky, narrow little place, filled with random office chairs. It’s completely smoky, and the only alcohol sold is beer by the quart. A DJ spins classic dance songs all night long.
It should be noted that though the Hollywood Disco took the place of Raiford’s of Hollywood, Mr. Raiford didn’t exactly retire. You can find him spinning records at Raiford’s on Second, the club he owns with his daughter Paula.
115 Vance Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103