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New East End Ballroom in Former Speakeasy Opening November

A new NOLA-style "dance dive" is set to open November on the East End in a former speakeasy building built in the early 1900s.

After undergoing an extensive two-year floor-to-ceiling renovation project, Arlo's Ballroom, from couple Sara Van Buskirk and Ryan Supak, is set to open this fall on the East End. The building, according to Arlo's Facebook page, "sits just on the Eastern outskirts of Downtown Houston, spent most of the last 50 years as a combination speakeasy/house of ill repute. (Seriously). It was built circa 1910, and was originally an family-owned Italian grocery store with living quarters upstairs," so in short, the building has a past and now it's getting a future.

Arlo's, which will be a music and drink venue, recently installed a world-class vintage sound system, retrofitted to include a set of horn main-speakers recovered from, wait for it — the Astrodome. Arlo's will also be a featured exhibition site for Aerosol Warfare's HUE Mural Festival in October, once open.

Check out a few sneak peek images of the space, set to open this November.

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