Friday, June 29, 2012
Remembering Clubs Matrix & Metropolis
Metropolis was the larger venue with plush decor set in Moulin Rouge red velvet. There was a dance floor to one side with a DJ booth behind glass overlooking it. There was a 13ft video wall at one end of the dance floor. The music was mostly Hip Hop during a period when Hip Hop was beginning to soar and Techno was fading. Pool tables were available too in what may have been Orlando's first "ultra lounge".
Matrix was directly opposite and paid admission to one club typically got you into the other club and you could go back and forth. Matrix was the high-tech, high-energy Techno club with sophisticated light and sound systems. The oddly shaped dance floor, poorly located pillars and a DJ booth that was removed from patrons limited its popularity. The then-fading House scene didn't help matters either. To me they played great Dance music like you'd hear on 95.3Party. Disney couple Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake were known to visit here. I really liked the place; other than Mannequins it was hard finding EDM venues in Orlando during those years.
The spaces remained empty for years following their 2005 closure but most-recently have found new residents. The space that was formerly Metropolis (above) is now the home of The Pointe Performing Arts Center while the space that was formerly Matrix (left) is now the Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theater.