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Old 11-11-2005, 10:16 AM   #1
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Default Remembering the Latin Casino.

Greetings Programs.

I am interested in seeing stories about the old Latin Casino in Cherry Hill. A friend of mine's family owned the place and by the time I was able to get there it was Emerald City. Are there any archives or recorded shows?

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Old 11-12-2005, 08:53 AM   #2
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Just go into the search mode on your computer and Type In Latin Casino Cherry Hill and a ton of information pops up.
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Old 11-15-2005, 09:26 AM   #3
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Just go into the search mode on your computer and Type In Latin Casino Cherry Hill and a ton of information pops up.
Some yes.

The Latin Casino was owned by Dallas Gerson and Charles Gerson. Charles Gerson had a Daughter Jody and a son Billy. I was friends with Billy in 1978-1979 and the Latin Casino had turned into Emerald City by then. They had moved a few years later and I lost touch with Billy.

I fondly remember some of the trouble we got ourselves into but I doubt his Mother would agree

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Old 11-21-2005, 10:06 AM   #4
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Default Stuff for eBay maybe.

Hmm

I also just found some cloth patches Billy gave me. One says Latin Casino, tho other Emerald City. I remember the bouncers having silk jackets with those patches on them. Don't know if the Latin Casino one was an employee patch or not.

Wonder if anyone would be interested in these

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Old 12-06-2005, 10:54 AM   #5
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I also just found some cloth patches Billy gave me. One says Latin Casino, tho other Emerald City. I remember the bouncers having silk jackets with those patches on them. Don't know if the Latin Casino one was an employee patch or not.

Wonder if anyone would be interested in these

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After 2 days on eBay they are up to over $10. That is kind of unexpected.

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Old 12-07-2005, 04:07 PM   #6
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Oops, posted to the wrong thread...sorry!

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Old 12-12-2005, 01:21 PM   #7
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After 2 days on eBay they are up to over $10. That is kind of unexpected.

So MTE - you're selling your patches on E-Bay? What was the Latin Casino like?
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Old 01-10-2006, 11:37 AM   #8
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The only glimpse I had of the Latin Casino was in hundreds ( and hundreds ) of pictures all over Billy's house. One of the hallways was lined with dozens of famous stars pictures with his family members. I think he might of had his Bar Mitzvah there in 1974. There was a picture of Frank Sinatra handing him a necklace as a gift. Before he told me anything about his family I remember him telling me he was close friends with "Frank" which I didn't believe. What a shock.

All the other pictures were really cool to look at. I hope somebody saved them. His sister is in the record biz so I'm sure she may have them stashed away somewhere. All except a few dozen pics of Engelbert Humperdinck and his mother. They were stashed away in a corner of the basement by his father

Emerald City was cool but disco had tanked so they tried the Rock Club approach. The best thing I saw there was Joan Jett at WMMR's 13 birthday party in 1981. After that it was all on the way downhill.

And I did find one more Emerald City Patch. Might hold on to that one.

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Old 03-30-2006, 11:20 PM   #9
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I was there sometime in the summer or fall of 1965. I was 19 and a country boy from Texas in the Army at Ft. Monmouth. Some friends and I went to the Latin Casino and saw Mitzi Gaynor. She (and the Latin Casino) made quite an impression on me but I forgot who else was in the show.

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Old 06-15-2006, 12:02 PM   #10
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Default Book now available

The Latin lover

By Tom Waring
Times Staff Writer

For years, Bernie Coane wanted to publish his collection of photographs from the old Latin Casino.
"I’d been talking about it for a long time," he said.
In 1992, Coane was on a cruise when he met Zinn Arthur, a studio photographer who had captured images of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and others.
Arthur told Coane that he should publish his photos of the stars who appeared at the Latin Casino nightclub, which opened in 1948 in Center City.
For the next decade-plus, Coane went to work. The 40-year Fox Chase resident organized his black-and-white glossy photos, did extensive research on the stars, compiled a history of the Latin Casino and even dug up an old menu.
He found newspaper clippings detailing various problems that the Latin Casino experienced, including the filing of a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
After dealing with a couple of potential publishers, he decided to publish Life at the Latin Casino on his own.
"For the whole world to see," he said.
Coane grew up in Germantown and served in the Army during World War II. After the war, he studied photography at Temple University.
That was a natural course of study for a young man who had been taking pictures since he received his first camera at age 5.
"I love photography," he said.
The Latin Casino had been flourishing at 1309 Walnut St. for five years when Coane started working there in 1953. He stayed until 1958.
Coane gave up the photography gig, which forced him to work late hours, because he had recently married. The book is dedicated to his late wife, Adele.
The Latin Casino left Philadelphia in 1960, closing after a two-week engagement featuring Johnny Mathis. The venue had outgrown its Walnut Street location, and parking was limited.
The nightspot relocated to Cherry Hill, N.J., across from Garden State Park. It thrived for years until changing entertainment trends and the arrival of casino gambling in Atlantic City, along with big-name acts who played the casino theaters, helped to hasten the Latin’s closure for good in 1978.
Coane’s five years at the Latin Casino were exciting because he had the chance to watch the performances of entertainers he had seen on television.
"It was a thrill," he said. "I enjoyed it so much."
But Coane also had to take a professional approach to his duties and not get distracted by star-gazing.
"It was a job," he said.
Still, there was plenty of time for fun. The young photographer especially liked dealing with Joey Bishop, Eddie Fisher and Buddy Hackett. He often talked with Patti Page in her dressing room.
Coane recalls that sexy entertainer Mae West wasn’t eager to see him as she aged.
"She didn’t like her picture to be taken," he said.
Still, West is pictured on the front of his book, along with Bishop, Fisher, Eydie Gorme, Eartha Kitt, Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett and Harry Belafonte.
The book includes many autographed pictures. There are also pictures of the author with the stars, along with Latin Casino guests like Joe DiMaggio and Howard Cosell. And there are photos of parties on Halloween and New Year’s Eve.
Coane, a 78-year-old father of two and grandfather of seven, is happy that a comprehensive book on the Latin Casino finally has been published.
"It’s a grand book," he said.
His only regret is that there wasn’t enough space to include all the great stars who appeared at the Latin Casino.
At the time he worked there, Coane took high-quality photographs. Looking back, he’s glad he did.
"They’ve lasted over fifty years," he said. "They never faded away."
Life at the Latin Casino was published just over a week ago, and Coane is trying to market the book.
Some conversations about the project with acquaintances have made the author confident that his book will be a big seller.
"So many people want the book," he said.
Coane promoted it at a senior expo last week that was hosted by Pennsylvania House Speaker John Perzel (R-172nd dist.). He also hopes to speak to audiences at the Northeast Regional Library.
Book signings will likely take place at Firstrust Bank and the Northeast Racquet Club & Fitness Center, and the author hopes to entice Joey Bishop to appear.
Coane has appeared on Channel 12’s nostalgic program, More Things That Are No Longer There, and his book is being mentioned on the station during fund-raising breaks of the Lawrence Welk Show.
In addition to the local market, Coane wants to sell his book elsewhere. His son Bruce has a law office in Miami, where a lot of ex-Philadelphians live.
Coane, who is remarried, already is looking to publish a second picture-based book, this one chronicling travels with his family. ••
Life at the Latin Casino sells for $39.95. To purchase a copy, call 215-728-7717.
Reporter Tom Waring can be reached at 215-354-3034 or twaring@phillynews.com
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Old 11-06-2008, 05:33 AM   #12
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I have heard quite a lot about the latin casino and the sort of things that used to go down there. I have personally never been there but would sure wish that there was a casino with a local flavor that is able to provide us all with a good time. Guess those were the good ol' days, I think that I must have been on another planet when it was here, as for selling the patches on e-bay, well I sure will keep an eye out for them... for curiosity's sake
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Old 11-09-2008, 06:15 PM   #13
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Hello all.
My father was a major public relations man in Philly during the 50's and when the new Latin opened in Cherry Hill he became General Manager from 1960 thru 1967.

He told all of us many, many stories
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Jekkie - your dad probably knew my dad. My dad was with the Latin in Philadelphia and New Jersey. He managed the Chinese kitchen.
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I saw may acts at the Latin Casino - Supremes, Temptations, Ray Charles, Tom Jones to name a few. In stead of applauding, the audience had wooden knockers to hit on the table. It was not really a place for children, but occasionally groups would come that we loved and our parents would take us. I had my Jr. Prom there - we saw the Al Green show, and then went upstairs to a ballroom for dancing. I sure miss that place.
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Well

It is easy to find Jodi Gerson but getting in touch with her is another story. Through some other sources I was able to find out that Billy moved to Florida but I can't find any other info.

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Jekkie - your dad probably knew my dad. My dad was with the Latin in Philadelphia and New Jersey. He managed the Chinese kitchen.
jekkie your dad worked for my dad and grandpop dallas and charles gerson
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