History rock & roll café Cruise Inn
The Cruise Inn was founded in december 1982 by a Rock and Roll gang called the Bopcats. They were a small group of young people who sewed a patch with their gang name on their leather jackets during the late seventies/early eighties.
They started out with just 5 to 10 guys and girls and their gang soon grew to about 40 people. Having a big gang like that, they needed a clubhouse. One of them told everybody that he knew an old wooden shed at the eastern part of Amsterdam, which used to be a former church and after that a discotheque. Considering it wasn’t being used at that particular time, they took their oppurtunity and confiscated the building. They fixed up the place here and there, installed some fifties gear, made a bar, a d.j. boot, a small stage for bands etc, etc. Thanks to volunteers since then, The Cruise Inn was celebrating it’s 20th aniversary in december 2002!
However, due to the new plans made by the city of Amsterdam, the shed has to be taken down. A lot of volunteers who made the Cruise for what it stands now, didn’t accept this, and some of them (Lien, Gonzo) were negotiating with city hall to arrange a new location. And that worked...
In between the Schellingwouderbruggen
The Bopcats and regular visitors build and made their own Cruise Inn from the first till the last brick.
So when the time came to move to the new location they decided to break it down theirselves! This happened by a demolitionparty on the 9th of december 1999.
Luckily this new location is very near to the original one, which means all you cats and chicks won’t have any trouble in finding the new Cruise Inn.
Now we are located for several years in our ‘new’ wooden shed! But not for very long, because this was only a temporary building. We have to leave (again), the moving-committee is allready busy with a new location. We’ll keep you informed.
For now the Cruise Inn doesn’t have to move. We can stay, at least untill medio 2023!
30 year anniversary BopCats
In 2009 the BopCats held their 30 years anniversary. A big party night was held at the Cruise Inn. A lot of old friends with their old or new bands were present. Bands like Co & The Cattleshow, El Rio Trio, Sureshots and Crazy Cavan & the Rythm Rockers made it one great party. And a lot of oldtime friends showed, so many stories and beers were shared!