The Sunset Lounge Archival Images, Ike & Tina Turner at The Sunset Lounge, The Sunset Lounge Exterior
February is Black History Month, and this month also marks the start of production on a long-awaited and highly anticipated documentary on an important piece of Palm Beach County’s black history - the famed Sunset Lounge. Located in the Northwest neighborhood section of West Palm Beach, the club was deemed “The Cotton Club of the South” and was the social hub and entertainment spot for some of the most famous black artists of previous decades, including Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles and even Tina Turner.
The documentary is a collaboration between the West Palm Beach CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) and the Film & Television Commission. Ko-Mar Productions will produce the project with plans to air on PBS and on The Palm Beaches TV. “Having just completed a documentary on the 1916 Courthouse downtown, I was already keenly focused on the County’s historical assets. I saw an item in the Palm Beach Post about the planned renovation of the Sunset Lounge and realized that this too, should be a documentary,” said producer Todd Kolich, Ko-Mar. The CRA has been steadily planning this project and has enlisted local agency Cooper Construction Management to undertake the renovation and rebuilding process. The anticipated airdate of the Sunset Lounge documentary is February 2020. See more about the production company behind the project at ko-mar.com.