Too Late to Save the Crocodile?

photo by Dan Muller

First, it was rumored that the Showbox is in imminent danger of closing. Apparently, an anonymous venue employee warned The Stranger that the historic theater would soon be plowed over for a new condo development.

Now comes the shocking revelation that Seattle’s revered Crocodile Cafe has shut its doors quite suddenly. While there’s no sign of the closure on the club’s website, several notable Seattle publications and blogs are reporting its almost certain demise. Could it be true that, as The Seattle Weekly’s Reverb contends, the club no longer has the capital to continue? If so, why is this the first the Seattle community has heard of the cultural loss? Surely, a “Save the Crocodile” fund would have sprung forth! Is it too late? Can we still get one started?

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  1. Posted December 17, 2007 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    If there’s anyone who could get such a fundraiser started, it would be KEXP. Let’s make it happen!

  2. ephy
    Posted December 17, 2007 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Yes, let’s make it happen! I didn’t even know they’d stopped serving food until I looked at the Stranger article. And the Crocodile website is still up and running, with a full menu and calendar. Something’s fishy…

  3. Diana
    Posted December 17, 2007 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Well, the Times and P-I are posting it now (and quoting John Richards), so it’s got to be true – sigh.

  4. Kelley
    Posted December 17, 2007 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I hope this is a misplaced April fools joke. But I have a bad feeling there is no hope..

    Come on! Give us a chance! What will we have left if we loose the Croc and Showbox? The Paramount with it’s notoriously bad sound and the-not so gracefully decaying -Moore Theater with those dangerous balcony seats.

    I can’t believe how devastated I am at the thought of loosing the Crocodile, at least if we had some warning, some chance to try and help. There’s gotta be enough loyal fans out there to help keep it afloat a little while longer…Please!!

  5. Roy
    Posted December 18, 2007 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    No good. Easily my favorite spot to catch a show between Seattle and Austin. I’m guessing Chop Suey and El Corazon will pick up most the shows…hopefully Neumos gets Black Mountain.

  6. Patrick
    Posted December 19, 2007 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    DAMN! Seattle needs those mid-sized venues. Maybe she just grew tired of the bizness….although I have heard that the Croc was on the Block for a while now…

    My first show at the Croc was a Young Fresh Fellows “Reunion” with special guest Peter Buck… Quite memorable.

    My favorite show was The Eels in 2001/02-ish…

    We will miss you!

  7. Patrick
    Posted December 19, 2007 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Oh yeah…forgot to mention my best Showbox memories.

    1) Built to Spill…They covered Neil Young’s “Cortez The Killer”. That show and song ended up on BTS’s live album (I was there, man!)

    And the Flaming Lips….any Lips show is memorable…but in this one they were handing out earphones, and it was my wife’s first time to see them. She was sold when they covered “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. We definately weren’t in Kansas that night.

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