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Church Street Station – Publicity Photos

Church Street Station is gone, but remains in the hearts and memories of all those enjoyed the music, dancing, dining and fun! Relive the past through these amazing publicity photos from the files at the Orlando Public Library and the personal collection of Miss Ruth Crews – Rosie O’Grady’s Red Hot Mama!

The color photos feature scenes of many of the entertainers who doubled as waiters and waitresses and dancers at Rosie O’Grady’s, Phineas Phoggs and the Cheyenne Saloon and Opera House. There are also photos of The Exchange (with a glimpse of the Commander Ragtime’s sign – “The Grandest Place on Earth”) on the upper level, the Cheyenne Saloon and Opera House, Lili Marlene’s Aviators Pub and Restaurant, Church Street Station street scene, and a photograph of the Church Street Station Flying Circus and transportation fleet.

Photo of Phineas Phogg's Balloon Works
Phineas Phogg’s Balloon Works from the front dance floor / DJ area looking toward the front door on Church Street. The bar is on the right and all seating upstairs is in Gondola shaped balconies with balloons above. Apple Annie’s, Lili Marlene’s and Phineas Phoggs were all interconnected and shared phone booths and restrooms.  Phineas Phogg’s waitresses performed a disco routine each hour.
Cheyenne Saloon and Opera House
Photo of the ornate hand crafted interior of the Cheyenne Saloon and Opera House’ Taken from the 2nd level above the bandstand toward the back of the venue showing the intricate carved wood railings and stairs, ornate chandeliers and beautiful stained glass skylights and windows. You can see the restaurant area on the second floor in the background serving great barbecue and simple sides. The third level had “just for fun” card games and pool, the wonderful wooden Indian and a restroom. The second level was accessible from the second floor at the Orchid Garden and during crowded events, regulars would duck into the Cheyenne, run up the narrow stairs shown with the dark carpet on either side of this photo (difficult in dancing shoes!) to the tiny third floor restroom as not many people knew it was there. We’d make it back with plenty of time to spare to hang out with our friends in the band and dance until 2:00 a.m.

The second collection of photographs are black and white publicity stills from entertainment venues at Church Street and the CSS hot air balloons including: Apple Annies, Cheyenne Saloon, Lili Marlene’s Aviators Pub, dancers at Phineas Phoggs, Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time  Gang, Rosie’s Dixieland Jazz Band, Rosie’s Red Hot Mama Miss Ruth Crews.

Photo of Apple Annie's and Mother's Choice
Apple Annie’s Courtyard filled to capacity with Mother’s Choice playing in the background to the right of the famous fountain which featured a blazing fire in the middle. If you continued down the hall past Mother’s Choice, you’d come to the telephone booths created from old confessionals taken from a church and onward to Phineas Phogg’s disco – the only entertainment venue limited to persons 18 or older. Directly to the right was Lili Marlene’s Aviator’s Pub and to the left was Rosie O’Grady’s. Mother’s Choice was included on a live album recorded at Church Street Station called “Sights and Sounds of Church Street Station.” There are several songs by the band members but one – a parody of “Charlie on the M.T.A.” – was a favorite of everyone who had visited the Magic Kingdom and ridden on the monorail system.

You can view all of the black and white publicity photos combined in this one file or the peruse the individual photographs under Images below.

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Church Station Station Flying Circus - Phineas Phogg's Balloon Works

Black and white publicity photo of one of Church Street Station's hot air balloons. Here are all twelve publicity photos in one file.

Church Street Station - Hot Air Balloon - Bicentennial

Black and white publicity photo of one of Church Street Station's hot air balloons. This one was dedicated and decorated for the...

Church Street Station - Hot Air Balloon - Rosie O'Grady's Flying Circus

Black and white publicity photo of the Rosie O'Grady's Flying Circus hot air balloon hovering over the Queen Mary. Here are all twelve...

Apple Annie's Courtyard - Publicity Photograph

Black and white publicity photo of Apple Annie's Courtyard filled to capacity with Mother's Choice playing in the background - top to...

Phineas Phogg's Balloon Works - Dancers

Black and white publicity photo of the show dancers at Phineas Phogg's Balloon Works at Church Street Station. Here are all twelve publicity pho...

Church Street Station - Artist's Rendering

Black and white artist's rendering  of  Bob Snows grand dream for  Church Street Station.  The aerial view looking  west with...

Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Jazz Band

Black and white publicity photo of Rosie O'Grady's entertainers  gathered on the staircase on the first floor behind the bandstand leading to...

Church Street Station - Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Gang

Black and white publicity photo of all the performers and staff of Church Street Station crammed into Rosie O'Grady's first floor. You...

Cheyenne Saloon and Opera House

Black and white publicity photo of the interior of the Cheyenne Saloon and Opera House with the band playing in the background...

Cheyenne Saloon and Opera House - Billiards

The third floor at the Cheyenne Saloon and Opera house had pool tables and card games (no gambling) and the best view...

Rosie O'Grady's Red Hot Mama Miss Ruth Crews

Black and white publicity still of Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium's Red Hot Mama Miss Ruth Crews in one of her more tame...

Lili Marlene's Aviators Pub

Black and white publicity photo for Lili Marlene's Aviator's Pub. The "Pub" designation really did not fit the quality of cuisine offered...

Phineas Phogg's Balloon Works

Photograph inside Phineas Phogg's Balloon Works from the front dance floor / DJ area looking toward the front door on Church Street....

Cheyenne Saloon & Opera House

Photograph of the ornate hand crafted interior of the Cheyenne Saloon and Opera House at Church Street. Taken from the 2nd level...

Cheyenne Saloon & Opera House Dancers

At Church Street Station nothing was as it seemed - it was always better!  The waitresses at the Cheyenne Saloon and Opera House...

Rosie O'Grady's Can Can Girls

Guests were treated to a bit of  French  culture during each show at Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium!  Female waitresses would don...

Church Street Station Aircraft and Vehicles

Bob Snow acquired a fleet of antique cars, double decker bus, hot air balloons and vintage aircraft. This amazing photograph shows  all...

Lili Marlene's Aviators Pub and Restaurant

This photo of Lili Marlene's Aviators Pub and Restaurant is taken from Church Street looking through the front window. You can see...

Church Street Station Streetscene

This photograph shows Church Street Station as it was every evening before the crowds showed up or while they were being entertained...

The Exchange at Church Street Station

This photograph shows the elegant brass and glass and escalators with Tivoli lights and glass enclosed elevator  overlooking the fountain  i...

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Church Street Station - Publicity Photos - All 12!

A collection of twelve black and white publicity stills from entertainment venues at Church Street and the CSS hot air balloons. Scroll through all twelve in this single pdf file.


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