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Goldwyn’s Nightclub – Suffolk Place

The site of Goldwyn's Nighclub - Suffolk Place

The site of Goldwyn's Nightclub - Suffolk Place

Aimed at a slightly more upmarket crowd than Boogies and Edward’s nightclubs and bars just around the corner, with the opening of Goldwyn’s nightclub in  1989 – along with Paramount bar beneath it in 1988 – Edward Fewtrell aimed to tap-in to the theatre-going public (the Alexandra theatre being next door) and to present live cabaret-style acts and charity ‘dinners’ etc in a nicely decorated and furnished environment:  a cross between what had previously been attempted with Abigail’s and the more run of the mill nightclubs elsewhere in the City.

Whilst it did function for the above purpose on occasion, it largely became a conventional nightclub and became increasingly used for hosting the gigs of larger bands on behalf of Edward’s Number 8 – Nirvana, for example, played here!

When Ansell’s bought Mr Fewtrell’s chain of clubs and bars later in 1989 they moved into the offices above Goldwyn’s to preside over their new ’empire’.

I can’t say for certain whether or not the above building actually part-comprises the original Goldwyn’s premises as I wasn’t around when the office block above was built but would be interested to hear from anyone with more information.  For orientation purposes, the entrance to the club was where the black roller shutter can be seen behind the road sign.

Following the ‘Goldwyn’s era, the premises became The Foundry and Mr Bill’s Bier Keller which had uprooted from Nedless Alley, off New Street before total closure as a licensed establishment.

My abiding memory is of Texas playing there and during the sound check a severe rainstorm led to a roof leak above the stage.  An irate PR person from the concert promoter stormed over to the sadly now late Don Fewtrell – manager and brother of owner Edward Fewtrell – to vent her spleen about the problem:  “the roof’s leaking onto the band . . . what are we going to do?” she ranted – “get f***ing wet” came Don’s reply . . . magic!

Discussion

10 comments for “Goldwyn’s Nightclub – Suffolk Place”

  1. Do you know what happened to the girl that managed it, Tracey Westwood was her name?

    Posted by robert barry | May 6, 2009, 2:29 pm
  2. No I don’t but do recall that she was Eddie Fewtrell’s PA when not running the bar. However, after Ansell’s got stuck in to the club I have a vague memory of her succumbing to the Ansell’s Axe (as did many ex-Fewtrell employees) following some late night lock-in shennanigans . . . from then on I don’t know what became of her.

    Posted by Andy Doherty | May 7, 2009, 7:59 pm
  3. There’s a bit of a write up on what has become of Goldwyns at http://www.birminghamroundabout.co.uk/2009/goldwyns-nightclub-suffolk-place/

    (Did Goldwyn’s become The Foundry before getting ‘regenerated’?)

    Posted by W | January 28, 2010, 11:08 am
  4. Posted by W | February 5, 2010, 11:11 am
  5. I have many, many memories of the John Bright Street days from 86′ onwards (I’m related to the Fewtrells and I spent, well – hundreds of evenings in Boogies, Edwards No’ 8, Edwards No’ 7, Boogies Brasserie, Paramount and Goldwyns). Drop me a line anyone that wants a chat about the old days and I’m particularly interested in seeing any old photos?

    Posted by Heath Thomas | June 21, 2010, 9:57 pm
  6. Lol, I was one traceys assistant, and i was there during the lock ins and they werent that bad, we were making alot of money on a sunday and built it up to be the best place to go on a sunday, it was kicking with Damien the DJ, but when we got the sack it went downhill, They thought a bird from Luton called Belinda was a wizz but she ruined the place! a certain doorman with a surname smurthwaite grassed cuz he thought he was gona get the managers job, but he come unstuck as did ansells I worked for eddy for a while afterwards and tracey wasnt his p.a! she did run one of his rock bars then she went off the seen, and its unbelievable how many people claim to be related to the fewtrells and are defo not! I have to spoke to eddy a couple of times over the yrs, but i dont know where tracey is, lisa the DJ from top bar is my best mate still.

    Posted by vanessa dawson | July 11, 2010, 3:08 am
  7. Does anyone remember when the last ever gig took place at The Foundry? I believe the band Rotunda played.

    Posted by Bal | November 6, 2010, 4:38 pm
  8. I remember some great gigs at Goldwyns around 89-91:

    Fugazi
    Nirvana + L7
    Nine Inch Nails
    Blur
    Living Colour
    EMF

    Posted by Nick Peters | November 10, 2010, 4:30 am
  9. I was there for some of those gigs working for the PA company Tourco – Living Colour were especially good as I recall. We did a lot of gigs there around that period of a wide-range of bands: Transvision Vamp, The Proclaimers, Kreator, Candlemass, Fishbone, Yngwie Malmsteen (about whom I have a good anecdote too risque for here), The Exploited, The Macc Lads, Vixen, Leatherwolf, Femme Fatale (as per Malmsteen), Julian Cope, Hue & Cry among others.

    Posted by Andy Doherty | November 14, 2010, 2:56 pm
  10. I’d forgotten about The Macc Lads gig, I was there for that one.

    Posted by Nick Peters | November 26, 2010, 4:32 am

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