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To replace Revolver on Fridays, Soho Lounge is beginning a new event, Cinematic. On Saturdays, where Vice occupied the main room (and Kitchen Club continues to take place in the downstairs rooms), there's a new Eighties night called The Metro. "Nothing has changed at the club. Not one night has changed," says O'Brien, referring to the music programming Soho Lounge will offer. "It's all the same, it has always been the same, and it will remain the same, and we'll grow."

Still, the pressure is on Soho Lounge to replace its signature event, which was named one of the top parties in the country by Rolling Stonemagazine. When the nightclub first opened in 2002, Revolver was the only party it had for several months. "I opened up that venue," points out Menendez. Even when it began hosting other events, Soho Lounge didn't have a comparably successful night to match Revolver until Vice began in the fall of 2003.

Meanwhile, with everyone angling to check out the newfangled Pawn Shop and its kitschy décor, Revolver should do well over there, at least until novelty wears off. After that, who knows? As Lolo says, "Individual promoters have strengths beyond their venues."

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