Church Street Station was downtown Orlando’s bar, nightclub and entertainment complex.
Its history began in 1975 when Bob Snow purchased the building that once housed the Cheyenne Saloon and Opera House on West Church Street.
In 1982, Snow expanded his business to include a three-story dance hall known as The Cheyenne Saloon & Opera House, which contained a full stage, dance floor, saloon and other amenities. While the original name remains intact today, the original sign was removed many years ago after being vandalized by an unknown assailant wielding an axe.
Church Street Station, formerly known as Cheyenne Saloon
Church Street Station, formerly known as Cheyenne Saloon and Opera House, was a bar and nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Bob Snow owned it. The club opened in 1975 and closed in 1987.
The building at 129 West Church Street is now home to The Ritz Restaurant and Club, which has been operating since September 22nd 2010.
The Cheyenne Saloon & Opera House
The Cheyenne Saloon was an addition to the original Church Street Station. It was a three-story building that housed a full stage, dance floor, and saloon.
The second floor had tables and chairs for patrons who wanted to sit down with drinks. Upstairs also had private rooms for people to rent out for parties or events.
The third floor of the Cheyenne Saloon was known as “The Palace” and could hold up to 400 guests simultaneously.
In addition to the club above and saloon
In addition to the club above and saloon, Church Street Station included the Rosie O’Grady’s Goodtime Emporium, The Treehouse Lounge, The Central Station Pub Bar & Grille, Backstage Nightclub & Billiards and a gift shop.
This popular area is still home to many great clubs and bars today. If you’re looking for a fun night out with friends or family, then be sure to check out some of these locations when you visit Orlando.
The history of Church Street Station is intertwined with the history of Orlando, Florida and Orange Avenue. The city was founded by State Senator William D. Bloxham in 1843, who also built a mansion to live in later known as the “Wickham House” that still stands today on East Washington Street.
The area around this mansion was originally called “Washington” and included a few small shops and a bakery. In 1870, when it became clear that Henry M. Flagler would not build his railroad through Washington but instead chose downtown Orlando for his project (which would eventually become the Winter Park branch line), development shifted eastward toward Orange Avenue, which was renamed Orlando’s Main Street in 1868 after being renamed from Andrew Jackson Street in 1861 due to anti-Jackson sentiment during the Civil War years.
Church Street Station was a popular nightclub and entertainment venue in Orlando, Florida. The club opened in 1975 and was originally known as Cheyenne Saloon and Opera House.
It eventually expanded to include three stories of entertainment, including a full stage with dressing rooms on the third floor, a dance hall known as The Cheyenne Saloon & Opera House, which contained its bar area, saloon-style tables, and chairs that could be pulled up close enough for couples to sit together while still being able to see over other patrons’ heads when they talked over dinner or drinks.