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The Fort Lauderdale nightclub that director Adam Shankmanto used to film several interior scenes in “Rock of Ages,” the 2012 film starring Tom Cruise, sold in a $9.1 million deal with Chicago buyers.
Revolution Live, the 14,778-square-foot night club at 100 SW Third Ave., was one of six properties that multimillionaire property investors Louis F. Wolf and Greg Berkowitz scooped up in a single transaction recorded May 1 in Broward County.
Producers transformed the club to a 1980s rock ‘n’ roll mecca for the musical about a small-town girl who moves to the Sunset Strip to chase stardom. The film stars several Hollywood heavyweights including Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Bryan Cranston, Paul Giamatti, Will Forte, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Julianne Hough and Russell Brand.
Revolution Live was part of a six-parcel deal between Wolf, Berkowitz and seller 111 Properties Inc, which gave the Chicago buyers control of a vast entertainment complex.
The investors also scooped up the America’s Back Yard bar, two parking lots and popular dance club Off the Hookah on Southwest Second Avenue. The pair also acquired the former Green Room at 109 SW Second Ave., an eclectic 2,824-square-foot speakeasy rebranded as Stache, a 1920s-themed drinking den, and the Poor House bar, a 2,824-square-foot spot at 110 SW Third Ave. known for cheap pints and performances by local bands.
The sale won’t affect operations at Revolution Live, Stache and America’s Back Yard, according to Jeff John, CEO of 3J Hospitality, the Fort Lauderdale company that’s run the clubs from leased space on Southwest Third and Second Avenue for nearly a decade.
“We’re here,” John said. “We are not going anywhere.”
Samantha Joseph can be reached at (954) 468-2614.