The Dog House



A combination dance hall, casino and restaurant, “The Dog House” was named in honor of a wire-hair terrier, named ‘Poochy.’ It opened in June 1935 at 130 North Center in Reno and remained open until April 1944.

During it’s time, “The Dog House” was one of the most patronized establishments in Reno. The club featured a wide assortment of entertainment including torch, hula, jazz, Oriental fan and strip-tease dancers, not to mention singers, musicians and magicians.

On January 1st, 1939, “The Dog House” closed and the building demolished. By April 1st of the same year, a new building had been built and it reopened for business.

The clubs gaming license was revoked in August 1939 by Washoe County District Attorney Ernest S. Brown.  ‘Shorty’ King and George ‘Shorty’ Coppersmith, who were operating the gambling, pled guilty to the charges and were each fined a $1,000, with King given an added six months in jail.

Owners, Phil Curti and Al Hoffman immediately filed to have the license restored, claiming they didn’t know anything illegal was taking place in the club. Gaming finally reopened in January 1940.

Curti and Hoffman closed “The Dog House” in April 1944, reopening it as the “Tropics,” a month later. In late 1944, the building was razed and the site is now part of the Cal-Neva’s parking garage.

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