LGBTQ landmark Parliament House resort says it will close Monday

Orlando’s Parliament House resort said on Facebook it will shut down Monday, after a court this week ordered the current owners of the foreclosed nightclub to leave by Tuesday.



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The LGBTQ landmark on Orange Blossom Trail, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015, said it would reveal its plans for the immediate future in the coming weeks.

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A “Last Dance” is scheduled for Sunday.

“It has never been about the building. It’s about the people,” the post said. “And although our location may be changing, we hope you will follow us to our next destination here in Orlando.”

“Thanks for your support for the last 45 years,” the post read. “This is by no means goodbye. We promise to keep you updated about our grand re-opening.”

In February, the resort was sold as part of a foreclosure case to Lion Financial, LLC. A writ of possession has been filed, records show.

Lion Financial, the plaintiff in the foreclosure case, was due more than $4.7 million in unpaid principal, interest and late fees, the judgment stated. The property was offered for sale to the highest and best cash bidder and sold to Lion Financial with a bid of $300,100.

The Parliament House’s owners have faced financial trouble during the past decade, including bankruptcy.

The business has been a gathering place for decades, including for major events in the LGBTQ community.

“Our community showed up in thousands to celebrate marriage equality in the United States,” the post said. “We gathered to mourn the loss of our friends at Pulse Nightclub. We came out for countless concerts, pageants, plays, musicals and events.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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