Thursday, May 30, 2024

IN PICTURES: Hundreds boogie on down aboard The Queen Mary for Longbeachize’s free disco party

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500 people reveled and boogied aboard The Queen Mary back in March with a free disco dance event hosted by Longbeachize—and once again, in conjunction with myself and the amazing team at Visit Long Beach, we allowed Long Beach denizens to get down with a free disco’n’funk party inside the ship’s famed Art Deco masterpiece that is the Observation Observation Bar this past Thursday.

The Queen Mary is old-school—as in brass bands, not disco. And yeah, Longbeachize knows.

The Queen Mary already does many an old-school brass instruments parties, especially its wildly popular Meet Me at The Mary weekly event on Tuesdays, where hundreds turn up to hear big band and swing dance the night away. But for this year’s inaugural Long Beach Last Call celebration, Longbeachize wanted to offer something different.

Dubbed “Studio 534″—a nod to the famed Studio 54 and The Queen Mary’s working title, “Project 534” before she was christened—Longbeachize wanted to take a cue from Netflix’s “Griselda” (in which every club scene was shot aboard the ship) by turning the ship’s famed Observation Bar over to the late 1970s and early 1980s to get down in a way that might have offend the Queen’s original guests.

DJ Tomas De Los Reyes spun all night yet again, returning as the jockey with the tunes while the bar was open for small bites and plenty of libations.

Here are some more pictures from Longbeachize’s amazing party aboard The Queen Mary

You’ve never seen The Observation Bar like this.

Reopening in May of last year for the first time since the pandemic, the front-of-the-ship drinking spot has been a staple for tourists and local visitors alike: With construction finished in the mid-1930s—highlighted by an imperialist-loving mural over the crescent sweep of the bar by A.R. Thomson dubbed “The Royal Jubilee Week,” a depiction of the 25th anniversary of the reign of King George V and Queen Mary—the bar is rife with art deco details that make guests genuinely feel like they’ve escaped to the past.

But we decided to throw a party like none of its original attendees would have expected. Scroll down for all the photos and love.

Brian Addison
Brian Addison
Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 25 nominations and three additional wins. In 2019, he was awarded the Food/Culture Critic of the Year across any platform at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.

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