Defying the flighty fickle tendencies of Hollywood nightlife for nearly 10 years, the second story club at Ivar and Hollywood Blvd. originally known as Cinespace has found unique ways to stay in the game. Last weekend we attended an invite only Details magazine event there that doubled as an unveiling of its latest incarnation, Room 86. We also talked with the club's co-owner Kimberly Roussel about what's ahead for the space.
Steve Aoki's Dim Mak Tuesdays has, of course, been the venue's biggest success story, prompting them to re-dub the back room Dim Mak Studios last year. The front of the building meanwhile, became home to Paul & Andre, a temporary pop up concept from New York DJ Paul Sevigny (Chloe's bro) and Andre Saravia, which featured a separate entrance on Cosmo street. That ended just last month.
Room 86, from Cinespace's Kim and Errol Roussel and David Dickerson also owners of Kitchen 24 (the all night eaterie around the corner on Cahuenga, and soon to open #2 in West Hollywood) has a lot going on. Johnny Valenti is in charge of programming and new weekly parties include Mondays with Black Banditz and Rick Rude. Tuesdays launch next week with Chris Masterson (actor Danny Masterson's younger brother) and the Table Manners crew. Thursdays will feature Adam 12 (the guy who DJs for Obama) and his old school hip-hop night AFEX ; 9th Wonder has just been confirmed to DJ on Dec. 8. (More on Adam 12's move below.) Rock Fridays will include secret shows that are yet to be announced. Sevigny, meanwhile, is also doing another pop-up over the Standard Hotel on Sunset called Smoke & Mirrors -- formerly the Purple Room.
Dim Mak Studios will continue with its hipster-heavy Tuesday night parties and -- starting this past Sunday -- have added Dubstep party innovators SMOG. Another innovation to the back room is the monthly deep house Saturday party from Sam Gagliani and Adam Auburn called "Soul & Tonic" which has already brought in DJs including Miguel Migs and Mark Farina. The next, features Quentin Harris and Marques Wyatt on the decks, this Saturday, November 12.