Southgate will commemorate the 46th anniversary of the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire with a long-awaited memorial at the site on May 28.
The 1977 fire killed 165 people. At the time, it was the third-worst nightclub fire in the U.S. The 80-acre, 54,000-square-foot entertainment complex didn’t have smoke detectors, sprinklers, smoke alarms, or enough exits for the overcrowded venue. The tragedy led to changes in building-code enforcement.
On the anniversary, the city will unveil the public memorial, which will include the names of the victims, a list of local first responder units that responded to the fire, maps of the site in 1977, and a list of fire safety regulations that were implemented after the blaze.
Scheduled speakers for the dedication include:
- Southgate Mayor Jim Hamberg
- Southgate Volunteer Fire Department John Beatsch
- David Brock, who was working as a busboy the night of the fire and has been an advocate for survivors of the fire.
- Matt Olliges, Partner, Vision Realty Group, representing developers of the Memorial Pointe residential community.
- Dennis Keene, Commission, KY Department of Local Government.
The event is scheduled for Sunday, May 28th, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 525 Alexandria Pike, Southgate.
Parking and shuttle buses will be available at nearby Fort Thomas Plaza, located at 90 Alexandria Pike.