Sanctum's Opening in Pictures

There's something of a debate going on in the comments section of our blog from a few weeks ago about the opening of new dance club Sanctum. Amongst the comments about whether or not the establishment is a benefit to the surrounding Melrose district, an Up on the Sun reader by the name of "chrisb" stated his opinion that Sanctum "looks like a dump" based on the picture we'd posted of the then-work-in-progress club.

Boy, was "chrisb" ever wrong. We got an opportunity to check out the interior of Sanctum during its "soft opening" and this past weekend and were blown away by what we saw. Owner Steven Rogers (who also built Amsterdam and Palazzo) molded Sanctum's décor and design to be a pastiche of baroque church-like influences, Dionysian flair, and Pagan touches. It's the kinda place where the wanna-be Wiccans and satyrs of the Valley will undoubtedly enjoy partying.

Take a look for yourself at what Sanctum has to offer in our slide show.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.