Last Call

Posted: 25th January 2011 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography, The Toad's Hometown
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Today’s post is utterly bittersweet for me yet again.  Today we have a large series of photos to share with everyone that showcase the Galaxy Niteclub.  My wife and I made a special trip to this site a couple of weeks ago, and spent quite the amount of time wandering around the facility to frame up some great details of this wonderful old building and its current condition.

The Galaxy Niteclub - Duncan BC Canada

The Galaxy Niteclub – Duncan BC Canada

This door sure looked a lot different to me like 25+ years ago in the middle of the night.  There was always a “moose” guarding the door who wasn’t afraid to deploy a few tricks in anti-gravity to assist someone in exiting the facility.  Quickly.  And usually horizontally.  At least for a few feet, until gravity caught back up with the velocity, resulting in a bumpy and ungraceful landing.

This never happened to me or my friends, I’m just saying that this sometimes did occur.  Did that sound innocent enough to pass?

The Galaxy Niteclub - Duncan BC Canada

The Galaxy Niteclub – Duncan BC Canada

The Galaxy Niteclub - Duncan BC Canada

The Galaxy Niteclub – Duncan BC Canada

I am pretty sure there have been many “Thurs 2 Sat” here lately without a soul inside.  When we were shooting the club, we didn’t even really notice the single light that’s been left on, in post processing it came alive in a haunting way.  It’s almost as if the club wants patrons, but the owners are unwilling to open the doors.

The Galaxy Niteclub - Duncan BC Canada

The Galaxy Niteclub – Duncan BC Canada

The Galaxy Niteclub - Duncan BC Canada

The Galaxy Niteclub – Duncan BC Canada

The Galaxy Niteclub - Duncan BC Canada

The Galaxy Niteclub – Duncan BC Canada

The Galaxy Niteclub - Duncan BC Canada

The Galaxy Niteclub – Duncan BC Canada

As we circumvented the perimeter of the building, we couldn’t help but notice that the back area had become a refuse collection point of sorts.  Flotsam and jetsam littered the yard.  Moss is totally encroaching the roof area, the soffits are missing and the face-boards are deteriorating and falling apart.  A security light that used to illuminate the back parking lot in times of trouble now is dangling crooked and is apt to fall off any time.

The Galaxy Niteclub - Duncan BC Canada

The Galaxy Niteclub – Duncan BC Canada

I believe this is my wife’s favorite image from this photo shoot.  The light for the back door now dangles precariously by its cord and the planter boxes are full of half dead and half alive plants.  I think the dichotomy of the dangling light added an extra punch of drama to the scene, creating a slightly melancholy feel.

The Galaxy Niteclub - Duncan BC Canada

The Galaxy Niteclub – Duncan BC Canada

This angle really accentuates the concrete column that makes the corner of the building, a very 1970’s architectural touch for sure.  Some of the glass block windows are still intact, but many of them are broken and have been replaced with small pieces of plywood.  I can’t help but wonder what event caused the windows to be broken, this bar was well-known at times to host a very rowdy crowd.

The Galaxy Niteclub - Duncan BC Canada

The Galaxy Niteclub – Duncan BC Canada

The tower structure here is really a central element to this scene.  From all the times I visited this place, I can honestly say I have no idea where this is in terms of the inside of the building, or what it was used for.  I really only noticed it during the day from the outside.  A sheet of 2×4 lies propped up against the side of the alcove here and the doors really show a lot of wear and tear.  And once again, the moss on the roof is starting to be the predominate feature of the roof and it won’t be long before nature starts to encroach the inside of this once wonderful club.

The Galaxy Niteclub - Duncan BC Canada

The Galaxy Niteclub – Duncan BC Canada

Padlocked.  And padlocked tight.  No entry at all.  This rock was carefully placed here, and both my wife and I were curious as to the story behind it.  Who put it there, and why?

The Galaxy Niteclub - Duncan BC Canada

The Galaxy Niteclub – Duncan BC Canada

The sign that used to light the way for all travelers coming for a night out is now just an empty hull of a metal frame.  The building itself isn’t too far gone, it could be renovated and put back to use.  I suspect the demographic of the local area has changed somewhat over the last 30 years or so and given that the club is quite a few miles out of town it’s hard to imagine that people would once again flock to the Galaxy Niteclub for a night of fine spirits and dancing to Van Halen or Guns ‘N Roses.

Out Back - The Galaxy Niteclub - Duncan BC Canada

Out Back – The Galaxy Niteclub – Duncan BC Canada

This is now what once was the back parking lot to the nightclub.  At least someone left a seat out for everyone to take a rest, although given that’s it’s been raining for 6 months straight now I suspect it would result in a soggy backside at best.  This scene depicts the overall feeling of the general site and as time continues to ravage the facility, further decay settles in.

I really don’t miss my youth, at all.  I am happy with my life, I am devoted to my lovely wife and family and wouldn’t want to go back for anything…  but this doesn’t remove the pang I feel every time I drive by the Galaxy and remember times past and know that the future is bleak for this wonderful old landmark.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read today’s blog post!  Please feel free to leave comments, we love to hear from our visitors.




  1. avatar Chris Wray says:

    What a wonderful find! I love the way you slowly reveal the decrepit state of this once bustling night club. The moss-covered roof and overgrown vegetation appear to be enveloping the structure. I really like your architectural urbex series. The photos are hauntingly interesting in their own right, but I think they have a deeper significance. You’re capturing a piece of history–as an ethnographer would do, sharing snippets of culture and society that would otherwise be lost. Great work!

    • Oh gosh Chris, I am blown away by your wonderful comments today sir! I REALLY appreciate that a LOT! I can tell by your choice of words that you totally understand the study we are conducting here on our local life…. this is wonderful. I can’t wait to show my wife your comments, she will be amazed. Thank you kind sir!!

  2. avatar Jerry Denham says:

    Great stuff, Toad. I had places like this in my younger days as well. Good Job!

  3. avatar Stanley says:

    Excellent photographs and accompanying text.

  4. avatar Jim Denham says:

    There are parts of that place that are just beautiful, then parts that are nasty! What contrast! Good stuff Toad!

    • Thanks Jim!!! It really felt weird to be there in the day, as an adult, and the place all locked up like that!! I find the place to be utterly beautiful in her own way, but like you said, behind the corner it gets right nasty!! LOL Thanks for taking the time to leave such a great comment today, my dear friend.

  5. You captured the melancholy essence of this once, bright Galaxy. Beautifully and sadly, revealed.

  6. avatar mindymilburn says:

    Beautiful shots, each one told a little more of the story. I think we have all seen nightclubs years after we frequented and though “oh man, it didn’t look like that did it” and you really captured that with your photos. Thank you for sharing!

    • Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to leave such a wonderful comment Mindy, I really appreciate that! Your comments truly grab the essence of what we were trying to do with this photo shoot, I am thrilled to see that the intended perspective was well received. Thanks so much for your kindness and support my friend! Much appreciated.

  7. avatar Harrison says:

    I see this club often…well, as often as I head up that way…and it almost invariably says “shoot me!” as my wife and I zoom past. I don’t think it will do that any longer…it’s been done, and done well. Nice work. 🙂

  8. I was never at the Galaxy, but enjoyed your post and images all the same – and they remind me of what’s happened to some of the places I visited way back when…yikes, a lot of years ago!

    • avatar ToadHollowPhoto says:

      Gosh, thanks so much Laurie, that really means an awful lot to us! I am getting more and more alarmed here in seeing some of the facilities we’ve shot disappearing. I don’t know if you know it yet, but The Galaxy here is now completely gone, the parking lot is totally cleared and empty. A sad end to a legacy, I guess. This is what drives us with our photography practice, to be honest. Thanks so, so much for your kind visit and support.