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WongLee wrote: One Fan Gang wrote: I became aware of Southwest Arena upon seeing a classic poster listing it as the venue.   I had to squint to make out the address but once I looked it up there's no doubt you can see it once was a bustling hub to host a wrestling card.   As far as indies in the 80s I don't know, but it has been a church for at least 20 years after seeing it listed on a realty website.  Here is a Hornbaker page that shows that they used the building at least some of the time in the 1950s.     http://www.legacyofwrestling.com/LA1950.htmlOk I got it. Thanks for that link. When I saw they had the cards there on Tuesday nights I realized it was the South GATE Arena, not Southwest. South Gate is actually a neighborhood in Los Angeles. They ran that building weekly until the late 1950's.


Here is that poster I saw to prompt that first post.  Make of that what you will.  BTW-I believe that is Tom Renesto (The Assassins/The Bolos)  listed as Tony Renesta.  Jody Hamilton mentioned in his book about Tom having worked California before they teamed up.
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One Fan Gang wrote: WongLee wrote: One Fan Gang wrote: I became aware of Southwest Arena upon seeing a classic poster listing it as the venue.   I had to squint to make out the address but once I looked it up there's no doubt you can see it once was a bustling hub to host a wrestling card.   As far as indies in the 80s I don't know, but it has been a church for at least 20 years after seeing it listed on a realty website.  Here is a Hornbaker page that shows that they used the building at least some of the time in the 1950s.     http://www.legacyofwrestling.com/LA1950.htmlOk I got it. Thanks for that link. When I saw they had the cards there on Tuesday nights I realized it was the South GATE Arena, not Southwest. South Gate is actually a neighborhood in Los Angeles. They ran that building weekly until the late 1950's.


Here is that poster I saw to prompt that first post.  Make of that what you will.  BTW-I believe that is Tom Renesto (The Assassins/The Bolos)  listed as Tony Renesta.  Jody Hamilton mentioned in his book about Tom having worked California before they teamed up.
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Renesto did indeed start out in SoCal. Along with Rocky Valentine, Nick Bockwinkel, Ray Stevens and Skippy Jackson. These guys were the new blood in the area in the early 50's. Renesto didn't get a push at all though while the other guys mentioned did fairly well for themselves. The South Gate Arena's address was 9203 Atlantic Boulevard in South Gate. It was turned into a bowling alley in 1958 and finally closed in 1992. 



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THE SPORTS ARENA at 1025 Kentucky Avenue in Paducah, KY.

Nothing fancy, and it used to be crammed between two other businesses, one which looks to have been a service garage...but it was torn down between 2007 and 2019 based on Google's maps.  Now there would be plenty of parking adjacent to the building it anyone would run the place.   Looked it up after seeing the address on a poster promoting The Spoilers with Saul Weingeroff challenging Len Rossi and Bearcat Brown for the tag team titles in 1969.

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Cool seeing these pics.

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Interior of Kirkbride Hall, a building on the grounds of Letchworth Village in the Theills neighborhood of Stony Point, NY.




Letchworth Village was a one-time residential institution which closed in 1996 and is decaying as owners of the land are fielding discussions on what the property, some 25 acres, will be developed into.  In 1959 there was a show there with Haystack Calhoun vs. Duke Hoffman as the main event.  Some 10-11 buildings are asbestos-laden and demolition costs have been a concern.  

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The Myriad In Oklahoma City,OK.Once the New Arena across the street,south of it, was built it was rarely used anymore.It was renamed the Cox Convention Center but recently it was  leased to some production company.



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The C.R. Clements Boys Club at 5207 East Veterans Memorial Drive (Hwy 190) in Killeen, TX was home to many a wrestling card in the 1960s and 70s.  The image shown should be a time the building was vacant, but in recent years it has been repurposed as an auction house.  

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The Fireman's Sports Arena in Farmville, VA.


Marked on their website as being at 1328 Zion Hill Road, the Google map puts down 33 McClendon Drive as the point the link points to the main building.   The town purchased this building in 2013 presumably from the Fireman's Association, who held matches in the later part of the 60s in different venues, to raise funds for a building that could serve the community, as it eventually did just that in the 70s.  This isn't the smallest building you'd  find on the MACW circuit but from the ads I have found; an average card would feature 2-4 fairly major names and have a stronger undercard than you might expect.   The sports complex has outdoor facilities for baseball games and the amenities indoors look quite nice after a renovation within the past ten years.   



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WongLee wrote: One Fan Gang wrote: WongLee wrote: One Fan Gang wrote: I became aware of Southwest Arena upon seeing a classic poster listing it as the venue.   I had to squint to make out the address but once I looked it up there's no doubt you can see it once was a bustling hub to host a wrestling card.   As far as indies in the 80s I don't know, but it has been a church for at least 20 years after seeing it listed on a realty website.  Here is a Hornbaker page that shows that they used the building at least some of the time in the 1950s.     http://www.legacyofwrestling.com/LA1950.htmlOk I got it. Thanks for that link. When I saw they had the cards there on Tuesday nights I realized it was the South GATE Arena, not Southwest. South Gate is actually a neighborhood in Los Angeles. They ran that building weekly until the late 1950's.


Here is that poster I saw to prompt that first post.  Make of that what you will.  BTW-I believe that is Tom Renesto (The Assassins/The Bolos)  listed as Tony Renesta.  Jody Hamilton mentioned in his book about Tom having worked California before they teamed up.
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Renesto did indeed start out in SoCal. Along with Rocky Valentine, Nick Bockwinkel, Ray Stevens and Skippy Jackson. These guys were the new blood in the area in the early 50's. Renesto didn't get a push at all though while the other guys mentioned did fairly well for themselves. The South Gate Arena's address was 9203 Atlantic Boulevard in South Gate. It was turned into a bowling alley in 1958 and finally closed in 1992. 



I just found a South Gate Arena show for 7/20/54 and next to the box advertisement, there is a public notice of the building's owner being Frank Louis De Pasquale (who I think is wrestling on the card as Peppi Pasquale) and his intent to place a chattel mortgage on the equipment, fixtures, machinery and goods, with the mortgagee being the Community Bank of Huntington Park, CA.  The mortgage was slated to be executed the following week at the bank.  They list the address as 9201 Atlantic Boulevard and apparently there was an auto wash business included as part of the property.

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Intersection of Denrock Ave. and 3rd St in Dalhart, TX


One of these perennial spots in small towns that brought in wrestling during festivals held in the summertime.  Dalhart has the XIT Rodeo and Reunion in August to this day, and Denrock Avenue is considered the main street in town.  In the 1960s there were a few consecutive years where wrestling was part of the bill here "under the traffic light".  

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The now-razed National Guard Armory at 301 N. 9th St. in Terre Haute, IN.


I have started to find a number of WWA cards from this location and discovered it was still in existence until just a few years ago. So far nothing has been built in its place.



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Based on the comments WongLee made regarding the small New York area fundraiser shows of the WWWF era, he's a look at the St. Rocco's Youth Center in Brooklyn, NY.

The address is 783 4th Avenue in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn, a very unassuming building in the neighborhood.  The current resident operates as the group Better Tomorrow, although St. Rocco's name still remains on the front.    A December 1982 card held there featured an appearance by Tiger Mask, advertised to defend his WWF Junior Heavyweight title belt against the dubious challenge of Mister Fuji.


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The Avalon Ballroom at 206 Copeland Ave. in LaCrosse, WI .    A recent question about Killer Kowalski appearing there made me look this place up.    Currently it is a buffet-style restaurant, The Super Buffet!


Avalon Ballroom interior- Heyday


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This is the St. Louis House, 2345 Lafayette Ave. in St. Louis, MO.


In November 1953 an impressive card was held here with a main event of Ernie Dusek vs. Bobby Managoff.    It may not have been home to many events over the years but it sounded like enough of a landmark location to check it out.


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