Emerald City, a long-running fixture in Pensacola’s nightlife scene, has announced it will shut its doors effectively immediately, according to a statement posted today to the club’s Facebook page.
Emerald City statement:
We hoped a resolution could be reached but time has run out.
Stay tuned to our Facebook page, there is a possibility that we will re-open under new ownership. Thanks to all who supported us over the years,
— Management and Staff
The same statement was posted to the front doors of the club Monday afternoon.
The East Wright street building has been the epicenter of Pensacola’s gay nightlife for more than two decades. In the 90s, the club was called The Office. Co-owner Johnny Chisholm purchased the club in 1998, renaming it Emerald City.
Ownership of 406 and 408 East Wright Street, the property where the club is located, is split between three partners: Johnny Chisholm owns 37.5%, Bobby Stephens (also known as Bobby Warner) owns 37.5%, and Doyle Yeager owns the remaining 25 percent.
The trio also formerly owned Oz, a popular gay dance club located on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Similar ownership disputes led to a forced bankruptcy sale in 2015, which saw developer Kishore “Mike” Motwani purchase the club for $8.175 million. It’s likely a similar sale in Pensacola could see the mainstay club reopen under new ownership.
Chisholm, a longtime event promoter, is also a principal organizer of Pensacola’s popular LGBT-oriented Memorial Day Weekend events.