DALLAS—Playboy is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Playboy Club this weekend, and are hosting parties across the Nation in honor of the big day.
Dallas' retro-night club, Ghostbar, is going to be the host for this milestone, and kicks off Friday, June 11th at 8pm. Ghostbar with be transformed and illuminated with historic images and video footage from the famed Clubs, in addition to waitresses wearing the nortorious playboy bunny costume.
Here's some history behind the Original Playboy Club. The first one opened to the public on February 29, 1960, in Chicago, the Playboy Clubs quickly became the embodiment of sexy sophistication. In their more than two decades of operation, the Clubs sold nearly 2.5 million membership keys and became one of the most successful nightclub chains in history. The Playboy Clubs, together with the hotel, casino and resort facilities, eventually included 40 properties in 25 states and seven countries.
The famous venues, which were home to the iconic Playboy Bunnies, allowed key holders to enjoy performances by some of the era's biggest names in entertainment, including Steve Allen, Ann Margaret, the Count Basie Orchestra, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, George Carlin, Ray Charles, Bill Cosby, Bob Hope, Steve Martin, Bette Midler, Ginger Rogers, the Smothers Brothers, Mel Torme and Muddy Waters. The Clubs also featured cocktail Bunnies, camera Bunnies, checkroom Bunnies, cabaret Bunnies, gift shop Bunnies, bumper pool Bunnies, customer service Bunnies, and floor Bunnies.
In 2006 the Bunnies returned, and Playboy reopened its famous Club at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, and plans to open three additional multi-faceted entertainment venues in 2010 in Miami, Cancun and Macau. The privileged Playboy Club key holders of today include some of the biggest names in music and entertainment, including P. Diddy, Kim Kardashian, Usher, Paris Hilton, Dennis Hopper, Dave Navarro, Jamie Presley and Michael Phelps.