In 2006, Nighttown in Cleveland Heights was chosen as the new “official home” of the Press Club of Cleveland because of its long and colorful history as a favorite haunt of local journalists since opening in 1965.
One of the real prizes of the Press Club's archives is a huge, oil-painted, full-color mural that formerly hung at Kornman’s, a restaurant on Short Vincent during its heyday, depicting the Damon Runyonesque denizens of the street at that time. This mural, painted by Bill Roberts, hung at The Press Club of Cleveland for a while and was ultimately donated to the Western Reserve Historical Society. Through the efforts of Cleveland photographer Tim Ryan and the courtesy of the Western Reserve Historical Society, an authentic, authorized reproduction of the mural now hangs at Nighttown. Also on Nighttown’s walls are “Vote for Schmoe” and “Fifi LaSalle,” two oil paintings from previous Press Club headquarters, now held in trust for the club by Tim Ryan and graciously on loan to Nighttown.
The “visual archives” of The Press Club of Cleveland now gracing the walls of Nighttown include large format photos from The Cleveland Press and The Plain Dealer depicting historic and iconic photos well known to all Clevelanders, though rarely seen. Included are such shots as Mayor Perk’s hair on fire, the Beatles’ first visit to Cleveland, Carl Stokes’ election as the first black mayor of a major American city, the Sam Shepard murder trial and John Filo’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photo from the Kent State shooting in 1970.