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The Vogue To Celebrate 40 Years As Music, Entertainment Venue

The Broad Ripple nightclub was built as a movie theatre in 1938, but opened as a music venue on Dec. 31, 1977.

INDIANAPOLIS -- An historic venue in Broad Ripple is celebrating its 40th anniversary as a music and entertainment venue.

The Vogue is hosting a party on New Years Eve to recognize its switch in 1978 from a movie theatre to a concert venue hosting legendary acts over the years including Johnny Cash, Warren Zevon, Bo Diddley and Snoop Dogg. 

The building opened in 1938 as a traditional movie theatre at 62nd Street and College Avenue.  When it was purchased by John Ross, the venue had transitioned into a theatre showing X-rated films.

The Vogue opened as a nightclub for the first time on Dec. 31, 1978.  In May 1986, John Ross would sell it to his brother Steve.

But Steve Ross credits The Vogue's success to his employees.

"I tell my employees this, you guys make The Vogue.  Most people don't know me.  You're the ones that [the guests] see when they come into the club," says Ross.

The Vogue's 40th Anniversary New Year's Eve Party starts at 9 p.m. with a live D.J., a pyrotechnics and laser show, and a balloon drop with 400 balloons that have cash inside.  The balloons will drop at midnight.

Tickets for the event start at $20.00.  For more information, go to


Photo credit: Getty Images / Joey Foley

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