Story: Nightclubs

Dixieland cabaret, Auckland

Dixieland cabaret, Auckland

The Dixieland cabaret in Point Chevalier, Auckland, shown in the 1920s or 1930s, was the second of two Dixieland cabarets opened in Auckland by entrepreneur Frederick Rayner. Rayner was a dentist who had immigrated to New Zealand from Canada. The cabarets had huge dance floors – the Point Chevalier Dixieland’s was 330 square metres and the city Dixieland’s was 280 square metres. They also featured comfortable seating (referred to in a newspaper report as ‘cuddle cubicles’) and a relaxed approach to liquor laws. The cabarets were crowded with dancers waltzing, foxtrotting and one-stepping to the jazz band.

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How to cite this page:

Redmer Yska, 'Nightclubs - Cabarets and wartime clubs, 1920s to 1950s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/39157/dixieland-cabaret-auckland (accessed 30 September 2020)

Story by Redmer Yska, published 5 Sep 2013