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This Unusual Feature Made Burt Reynolds’ Failed Nightclub One of a Kind

Samantha Franco
Photo Credit: Zayne / New Line Cinema / MovieStillsDB
Photo Credit: Zayne / New Line Cinema / MovieStillsDB

Burt Reynolds was a man of many talents, but his greatest was definitely acting. He became an iconic actor in the 1970s and went on to have a career in Hollywood that spanned decades. A not-so-great talent of his was being the owner of a nightclub – but it did have a fun feature that only he would think to add.

Burt Reynolds was the 1970s

Burt Reynolds as Lewis Medlock in 'Deliverance'
Deliverance, 1972. (Photo Credit: Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images)

When you think of the 1970s, you might think of hippies, Woodstock and good ol’ Burt Reynolds. After over a decade of television roles, the actor finally caught his big break in the 1972 film Deliverance, in which he played Lewis Medlock. It wasn’t long before he was cast in even more classic films, including The Longest Yard (1974), Gator (1976), and Smokey and The Bandit (1977).

Smokey and The Bandit proved to be one of Reynolds’ most iconic roles ever, and the film became the second biggest of 1977, second only to Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.

Sporting his world-famous mustache, Reynolds solidified himself as a household name. He was reaping serious rewards for his popularity and, to celebrate, he decided to venture into the world of nightclubs.

Burt’s Place

Burt Reynolds opened the nightclub Burt’s Place in Atlanta, Georgia at the Omni International Hotel. It made sense that he opted to open it there, as that was his “good luck state,” as described by stuntman Hal Needham, with whom he often worked. The Longest YardSmokey and The Bandit, and Gator were all filmed in Georgia; Reynolds felt right at home there, and believed it to be the perfect spot for his nightclub.

At Burt’s Place, you could grab dinner, a cocktail and boogie the night away. A key feature was the stained glass floor, which had a portrait of Reynolds’ face on it! Confusingly, his head was surrounded by the words, “Burt’s Joint,” which isn’t the same name as the bar, but we digress…

Even Reynolds loved to frequent the nightclub. He’d often stop in unannounced and perform various songs and dances alongside fellow actor, Dom DeLuise.

One in a chain of failed investments

Burt Reynolds leaning against the front of a car
Burt Reynolds, 2016. (Photo Credit: Mike Windle / Getty Images for SXSW)

Unfortunately, the flashing lights and groovy tunes of the nightclub did not last, and Burt’s Place was closed after just one year of operation. But that doesn’t mean Burt Reynolds had given up on it. Instead, he took the name with him and called the bar at his estate in Tequesta, Florida “Burt’s Place,” and even had a neon sign made to make it official.

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The failed nightclub was only one in a series of failed investments made by Reynolds. He also made a bad investment in a regional restaurant chain called Po’ Folks, took a stake in the Tampa Bay Bandits football team during the short-lived US Football League and opened the Reynolds Dinner Theatre in Jupiter, Florida, which also didn’t last.

Samantha Franco

Samantha Franco is a Freelance Content Writer who received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Guelph, and her Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Western Ontario. Her research focused on Victorian, medical, and epidemiological history with a focus on childhood diseases. Stepping away from her academic career, Samantha previously worked as a Heritage Researcher and now writes content for multiple sites covering an array of historical topics.

In her spare time, Samantha enjoys reading, knitting, and hanging out with her dog, Chowder!