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Harvard Square’s Club Casablanca closes for good

CAMBRIDGE — By the mid-1950s, “Casablanca” was filling the Brattle Theatre with regularity and had lent its name to an adjoining bar, modeled on the nightclub at the heart of the film, Rick’s Cafe Americain. The Club Casablanca, which opened in Harvard Square in 1955, quickly attracted an eclectic mix of artists and academics, politicians and pop stars.

It was the kind of place Humphrey Bogart himself might have wandered into for a glass of Scotch and some spirited conversation about foreign affairs. Or affairs of the heart.

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