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The hotel that inspired the 1981 film Dirty Dancing was destroyed in a massive fire

A historic building in the Catskill Resort Hotel, which inspired the 1987 movie “Dirty Dancing,” was destroyed in a fire on Tuesday.



Officials said that a massive fire on Tuesday evening destroyed a building at the Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel, which served as the setting for the 1987 film “Dirty Dancing.”

The hotel in Liberty, New York is in the Catskill Mountains and is about a 90-minute drive from Midtown Manhattan. In 1986, it shut down due to money problems.

According to a Facebook post, the Liberty Fire Department received multiple calls about a fire at the resort and arrived to find a three and a half story building on fire.

Firefighters were hampered by things like overgrown vegetation and concrete barriers in the road, according to Liberty’s fire chief, Mark Johnstone.

To put out the fire, “several hours” were needed.

“Once the fire was put out, Town of Liberty Code Enforcement requested an excavator be brought to the scene,” Johnstone said. The New York State Police and the Sullivan County Bureau of Fire are currently looking into what started the fire.

According to Today, the Catskills hotel was once a popular vacation spot for many Jewish families in the post-World War II era and through the 1970s. In the 1950s, it was frequented by many famous people, including boxing great Rocky Marciano and actress Debbie Reynolds.

Eleanor Bergstein, the screenwriter of “Dirty Dancing,” has mentioned her visits to Grossinger’s in multiple interviews. Grossinger’s wasn’t used, though; the actual filming took place in North Carolina and Virginia.