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The entrance to the gambling hall, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

TAO - Spielhalle


Magnificent building with Miami Vice allure

A few meters further on, on the corner of the Ehrenfeldstrasse, there is an imposing building with large lettering - TAO. Its current use as a gaming hall has no connection with its varied history. This city district was already an entertainment quarter at the end of the 19th century. The building housed bars, a citizens’ hall, a cinema and an ice-cream parlour during the course of the decades. From 1979 - 1986, it wrote pop history as the Theatre de Tao: Like a disco in fantasy-filled dreams. Colourful lights, palm-tree décor and above all: the first laser installations, embedding the music in flickering beams of light. Here, a new idea was developed and tried out, which later became the Tarm Center, a legend among clubs.

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