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Casino Shores Pavilion

When Louis Tolettene remodeled and renamed his dance hall, he did not know the success that was to come. The Taylor’s were bringing 1,000 people a night, however Tolettene brought a heaving 2,500 a night. For almost 40 years, the Casino Shores Pavilion kept its doors open, even through the Great Depression. In fact, during the depression is when Walled Lake was truly put on the map. The dance hall created a radio broadcast in which listeners from around the country would tune in and listen to the ballroom classics streaming from the shores of Walled Lake. After the depression, the dance crowd picked back up again and the Casino Shores Pavilion was back to its regular self.

The Casino Shores Pavilion Being Remodeled
The Casino Shores Pavilion Being Remodeled

In 1962, Casino Shores became less popular and Tolenttene had to close the ballroom and sell it to a man named Red Cramer. Cramer turned the ballroom-style dance hall into a more modern, rock-n-roll style dance hall. He hired famous DJ Lee Alan to do broadcasts and dance shows live from Casino Shores. Famous artists such as Fabian, Stevie Wonder, and Chuck Berry performed on Lee Alan’s show. For three years, Red Cramer ran the most successful dance hall in Walled Lake. Unfortunately for Cramer and the Village of Walled Lake, the Casino Shores Pavilion caught fire on Christmas day, 1965. This truly marked the end of era for Walled Lake.

The Interior of The Casino Shores Pavilion
The Interior of The Casino Shores Pavilion