Continental Ballroom

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The Continental Ballroom (Club Continental) was a large nightclub and concert hall located at 89 Robert Jemison Road in Spaulding, a Birmingham neighborhood bordering Oxmoor Industrial Park and the West Valley Avenue area of Homewood. The facility had a capacity of over 4,000, with a 500 capacity "VIP area" upstairs. It was owned by Leovigildo Castro, and Anthony Burke was manager.

The Continental Ballroom had a reputation as a "rowdy" club, attracting complaints from residents of the area. On December 18, 2010 Michael Rowser, 24, was found shot to death in the club's parking lot. The ballroom was the site of over 100 incidents involving police during the year preceding May 2010. Despite the owners' insistence that event security had been increased, the Birmingham City Council voted unanimously on June 29, 2010 to declare the club a nuisance and revoke its business license.


  • Bryant, Joseph D. (May 5, 2010) "Birmingham city officials pledge to crack down on rowdy clubs." Birmingham News
  • Bryant, Joseph D. (June 29, 2010) "Birmingham City Council votes to close Continental Ballroom after complaints." Birmingham News

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