Walking into a club at 10:30 p.m. isn’t usually a good idea. Everyone knows you shouldn’t show up until 11, right?
But getting there before everyone else turned into a blessing in disguise. Walking in under the neon lights, my date and I saw no line at Club Centrum, located at 2781 Euclid Blvd., on its opening night, Valentine’s Day. We expected no one to show up, considering the holiday, and considering my patient date (who agreed to come review a club with me on a Thursday) said he had seen no promotional flyers on Cleveland State University’s campus, where he goes to school.
Even being on Coventry as frequently as I am, no one had heard of it, including the bouncer for B-Side, located a few doors down. So it surprised me when a classical stage theater, which I had seen “The Diary of Anne Frank” in just a few months ago, was transformed into a dance floor with strobe lights, a huge bar in the center and staff to the edges waiting to make sure every single patron was secure and well hydrated.
Previously, the room itself was more akin to the Palace Theatre, but the room was transformed. An interesting addition that I haven’t seen before would be that the DJ was perched high in his box, surrounded by staff and spastic multicolor lights, and on the now blocked-off stage, there was a projection screen that showed the music video for each of the songs being mixed. If you are the type of person to stand around awkwardly at a club, it’s the perfect excuse to not interact with people – you just watch the screen.
The majority of the songs you could hear on WAKS FM 96.5 KISS anytime, and the DJ wasn’t very imaginative. Some of the transitions were a little shaky and the screen had a couple technical difficulties early in the night.
If you have even been a little early to a club, there’s usually a couple other slightly awkward people who jumped the gun with you. But there was no one there. The bartenders outnumbered the crowd significantly until 11:15 p.m. But once people started rolling in, they rolled in.
The crowd absolutely swelled, and there was a continuous rush in even past midnight. I started getting knocked into by pre-gamers from all sides. Twice my date and I decided to step outside and walked by a line that went out the door with over 50 people in it. By 11:45 p.m. you had to hold hands, thread and push your way through the crowd. Girls had started dancing on the higher blocks in the dance floor, and some had already given up on wearing their heels.
Based on how packed it got, there’s no doubt Club Centrum will have a good run. It might even detract some of City and East’s hookah bar patronage from upstairs. But really, the music is the most important part of a club (for a girl and people in relationships, that is), and it really needed more variety.