Recreation & Leisure

West End's Regal Theatre

Regal Theatre, 1913

The West End community during its golden years was a vibrant and fun place to live. The population was predominantly African American and became the hub within Cincinnati for African Americans not only to live, but also for activity and leisure. The neighborhood was self-sufficient, largely as a byproduct of segregation. African Americans were unwelcome outside the community and in other regions of Cincinnati.

The Negro Green Motorist Book, a book that detailed safe spaces for African Americans all over the country, listed West End organizations like the 9th Street YMCA and the Cotton Club, two of the most notable leisure spots in Cincinnati. The Cotton Club became the most recognized nightclub in Cincinnati. It was the only racially integrated club in Cincinnati where African Americans and White people could sit together. African American residents all over the city flocked to the West End for its social clubs, theaters, and sporting centers.

Recreation & Leisure