Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mannequins Memories: Signs

As most people know, the Mannequins building was originally built to manufacture canvas sails. A large turntable was installed during the 1930's to be able to turn around a steam locomotive Merriweather Adam Pleasure was working on. That turntable ultimately became a revolving dance floor in the late 1980's when the building was converted into a techno dance club. 
Pleasure Island was advertised at night on the side of the Mannequins building. Giant spotlights sent light beams into the sky that could be seen from miles away.

Mood signs along the front facade of Mannequins: DANCE

Mood signs along the front facade of Mannequins: MUSIC
Mood signs along the front facade of Mannequins: THIRST

Mood signs along the front facade of Mannequins: IMAGE

Sign by the elevator at front foyer.

Proving that one Mouse hand did not know what the other was doing, this sign greeted guests coming off the elevator onto the 2nd floor by the DJ booth. It was installed just months before the PI closure was announced.

Front elevation of Mannequins showing placement of two of the mood signs.

  Side patio entrance at Mannequins. Usually used as exit only; this area was also used as the club's smoking area. That Mannequins sign above the door remains in place today. Even perhaps with a new name and a new theme, fans remain hopeful that the club will reopen so the revolving floor can spin again!


Anonymous said...

Ahhhh the memories

Anonymous said...

Are you trying to wild us up? Is there a secret about Mannequins that you are not telling us? Do you know something that we don't? Miss that place SO BAD!!!

Anonymous said...

3 yrs. and no Mannequins. A shame.

Joe said...

They also fixed the the two burnt out neon letter "NN"s on the Mannequins marquee a few months before closure.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully when they get the revolving dance floor spinning again as well as the rest of the club fixed up, we can all dance and party again.
Also hopefully they'll fix up
8Trax as well.

Anonymous said...

That was the Ent dept spending the money on that sign inside.. and parts of it still live on if you know where to look.

(hint, a dance party in tommorowland)

KingBob said...

Are you referring to the lighted Mannequins man that was outside the elevator on the 2nd floor? How do they use that at Stitch's Club 626 Dance Party?

Joe said...

Anon 5:51pm-
I'm guessing you are referring to the LED dots on the Club 626 DJ Booth and previously the MDP DJ Booth sign.

MDP Sign:

Club 626 Sign:

(Photos courtesy of Save PI Blog)

KingBob said...

Anon at 6:05pm, no secrets. Sorry.

Joe, your analysis (and ability to locate photos) is amazing! You really think those are the same lights?

Joe said...

They look similar. I wouldn't have noticed it if Anon 5:51pm hadn't mentioned it.