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I was there once, if I am thinking of the right place, but I can not say where it was. I went with 2 friends on a summer night in 1964 or 65. I have a better memory of going to La Maison when it was in a former grocery store, in 1965. I think these places were popular with kids from all over Houston. My cousin from the East End spent a lot time at both places as well as friends from SW Houston. There was a small, very short lived, 'teen club' on Bissonett in Bellaire near the Bellaire bowling alley. It was called Mad Daddy's Inferno. That name jumping out of my memory is too bizarre, a true flash from the past.

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The Teen Hall I remember was on Grand Blvd, several blocks north of Holcombe behind the old Sacred Heart Academy on Holcombe.  My buddies and I went there in the late 50s to see and enjoy my favorite KILT and KNUZ deejays spinning records for the Friday and Saturday night "hops". 

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***Our band played some place in Pasadena during the mid 60s that I thought was called "Teen Hall".***

 

That place in Pasadena was Taylor Hall. The original Taylor Hall was in the old part of Pasadena just north of Hwy 225. They moved in the early sixties to a new place on South Richey.  I may be one of the very few people who grew up in Pasadena back then and never ever went to Taylor Hall.  I heard it was a lot of fun though.

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I was there once, if I am thinking of the right place, but I can not say where it was. I went with 2 friends on a summer night in 1964 or 65. I have a better memory of going to La Maison when it was in a former grocery store, in 1965. I think these places were popular with kids from all over Houston. My cousin from the East End spent a lot time at both places as well as friends from SW Houston. There was a small, very short lived, 'teen club' on Bissonett in Bellaire near the Bellaire bowling alley. It was called Mad Daddy's Inferno. That name jumping out of my memory is too bizarre, a true flash from the past.

 

Mad Daddy's Inferno!...Thanks for the post...first time I've ever herd anyone mention MDI in almost fifty years.  I knew the owner's son and I think his name was Porvechio..plus, my band played there one night.  Seems I remember we set up in an elevated loft area near the back...we did 'You Really Got Me' et al. 

 

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The original Taylor Hall was in an old building on Munger Street in Pasadena, one block north of La Porte Road, which is now 225.

 

Sometime just after 1960, that Munger St. location near the old downtown area started going to seed and teens were afraid to go there at night. So some civic minded deep pockets in Pasadena ponied up money to build a new Taylor Hall on South Richey, just south of where Allen-Genoa Rd crosses it. Last time I drove through there a few years ago the building was still there, but it was sitting empty and looked old and very rundown.

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The Teen Hall I remember was on Grand Blvd, several blocks north of Holcombe behind the old Sacred Heart Academy on Holcombe.  My buddies and I went there in the late 50s to see and enjoy my favorite KILT and KNUZ deejays spinning records for the Friday and Saturday night "hops". 

 

Filio...  My wife lived just off Grand Blvd, between Holcombe and Dixie Dr, in the early-mid 50's when we were dating.  She does not remember a "Teen Hall" in the area at that time.  What we both remember is a private club on Grand Blvd, between Dixie Dr and MacGregor.  If I remember correctly, it was known as the Como Club, or something like that.  It had a swimming pool behind the building.  It may be the same facility that you mention and later became the Teen Hall that you remember from the late 50's.  I guess Paul Berlin (KNUZ) was one of the deejays you saw there.

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I think the place you mention did become Teen Hall in the late 50s, because I distinctly remember the DJ's would always give the address on Grand Blvd when they were promoting their upcoming appearances there.

 

Yes Paul Berlin from KNUZ was one of the DJ's who frequently spun his stacks of wax there. I also remember Arch Yancey from KNUZ,  and Russ "Weird Beard" Knight from KILT. 

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***Our band played some place in Pasadena during the mid 60s that I thought was called "Teen Hall".***

 

That place in Pasadena was Taylor Hall. The original Taylor Hall was in the old part of Pasadena just north of Hwy 225. They moved in the early sixties to a new place on South Richey.  I may be one of the very few people who grew up in Pasadena back then and never ever went to Taylor Hall.  I heard it was a lot of fun though.

I wasn't born yet, but I love this era and the music.  Check out this pic!

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It was a private club on Grand Blvd, between Dixie Dr and MacGregor.  If I remember correctly, it was known as the Como Club, or something like that.  It had a swimming pool behind the building. It became Teen Hall. My mother and stepfather owned it. Many great bands and artists played there, BJ Thomas, Steve Tyrell, Johnny and Edgar Winters and many others. There was a dance called the "Whip" that we all used to do that was very popular. I got thrown in that pool on my 16th birthday and didn't know how to swim!  Some of the Houston Oilers hung out there after hours.

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Out in Humble in the late  1950's  and early 1960's we used to go to a "Teen Hall" on E. Mt. Houston> It was maybe 50 cents to get in. The strongest thing they served there was
Coca-Cola and we had never heard of dope or marijuana... although a Schlitz or a Pearl may have been seen in the darkness of the parking lot now and then.
 It was a cool fun place for Humble kids to meet Aldine kids of the opposite sex.........er ugh...er "gender"! (=

 

 

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Since we're soaking ourselves in these old memories, let us not forget the fun many of us had at the Mason Park Gym on 75th street. They had sock-hops there practically every Saturday night in the late 50s and early 60s with DJs from KNUZ or KILT.  

 

And now that you mention it Michelle, I think the Mason Park Dances were sponsored by the Civitan Clubs. Not a hundred percent sure of that though.

 

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On ‎7‎/‎21‎/‎2013 at 4:17 PM, FilioScotia said:

The Teen Hall I remember was on Grand Blvd, several blocks north of Holcombe behind the old Sacred Heart Academy on Holcombe.  My buddies and I went there in the late 50s to see and enjoy my favorite KILT and KNUZ deejays spinning records for the Friday and Saturday night "hops". 

 

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