After Five Short Months, The Nightmare in Deep Ellum is Closing

Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

The Nightmare (on Elm Street) in Deep Ellum wasn't open long enough for most people to get the joke.

Five months after opening, owner Victor Villalobos is shutting the short-lived venue's doors for the last time.

According to website of John Iskander, the promoter who operates The Nightmare's booking under the name Parade Of Flesh and had a heavy hand in opening the Deep Ellum venue, the club never had a chance to brand itself.

"The identity of the club was never established in its short time," writes Iskander, referencing the lack of website, logos, and advertising.

Its name is turning out to be the perfect description for the space on the corner of Crowdus and Elm, which has changed ownership and names more often than any Deep Ellum club in recent history.

The shows that are booked at The Nightmare will be moved to other area venues. Writes Iskander: "Parade of Flesh shows will be moved accordingly; heavier stuff to Phoenix Project, small shows to The Cavern and larger stuff to Club Dada and Sons of Hermann Hall; as well as a few mixed use spaces that I have planned this winter."

Iskander and Villalobos could not be reached for further comment.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.