Well, it looks like another Central Florida landmark and slice of Orlando history has gone to that great strip club in the sky. Casselberry’s very own Club Juana, a mainstay of “the finest in erotic dancing” and T&A for the past 43 years (across the street from the Jai-Alai Fronton of course), shut its doors for good this past weekend. Claiming something about eminent domain and the Florida Department of Transportation using the land for a highway overpass, the family owned business got paid off to the tune of $3.4 million to stop the music, collect the pasties, and cap the bottles. This is the same Club Juana that got national coverage on HBO a few years back when they had their “actress/dancers” recite Shakespeare and perform Macbeth in the buff to skate around local obscenity laws.
I’m actually a bit disappointed I went out of town for Father’s Day. After driving by the club probably hundreds, if not thousands of times over the past two decades, I think I would’ve felt it was my civic duty to check it out for the first (and last) time on its closing night. Rumor has it that a group of Florida Film Festival jurors and panelists were compelled to visit another local landmark, Club Harem (formerly “The Booby Trap”–you’ve got to see it to believe it!), as they continued their late night, post-Revel debauchery the closing weekend of the festival. If we had known Club Juana was headed out to pasture, they could’ve added it to their itinerary. And apparently Circus Circus down the street is also on its last legs. Though I’ve been to exactly one strip club in my life many years ago, it is kind of sad to see the old stand-bys going the way of the drive-in.