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A reader remembers the Third Dimension disco club

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Hey Blake,

A friend of mine who used to go disco dancing with me in the late 1970s died recently and I was trying to remember the name of the disco club on Chateau Boulevard in Kenner during that time. Can you help?

Judy

Dear Judy,

The Third Dimension disco opened around 1979 and was located in the Chateau Village Shopping Center at 3501 Chateau Blvd., near the corner of West Esplanade Avenue. An early ad for the shopping center proclaimed it "in the middle of everything new in Kenner." A 1980 article in The Times-Picayune called Third Dimension "one of the metropolitan area's largest discotheques."

  In addition to filling the dance floor during the week, on Sundays the club attracted a special group of disco enthusiasts: The Over 30 Disco Dance Club, with members ranging in age from 30 to 70. In 1979, club founder Marcella Nemec told reporter J.E. Bourgoyne about its origins. As a student in a wine history course at the University of New Orleans, she sat in a classroom next door to a disco class. "I could hear all the music and it lured me. I forgot all about wine and started taking disco classes," Nemec said. "There's something about disco. When you walk in the door and hear that beat, you can't describe it." To encourage more people her age to enjoy the music, she founded the club, which also offered disco dancing lessons.

  As early as 1980, Third Dimension featured live music and other promotional gimmicks, including a tricycle riding contest for adults.

  "When we first opened, we didn't have to do a thing. We were jam-packed," said assistant manager Mike Manganaro in 1980. "It's not that way anymore." By 1981, the club also was hosting karate and kickboxing competitions. The city telephone directory shows the club closed in 1983.

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