Lost Horizon

Wanda and Chester Poniakowski moved into their home near the corner of Thompson Road and Erie Boulevard in 1927. Shortly after Chester passed away in 1941, Wanda turned the main floor of their house into Wanda's Restaurant. Wanda sold the property to Anthony Italiano in 1968, who turned it into a dance club called Yellow Balloon. A stage was added to the club at this time. In 1975, Greg Italiano took over management of the club and re-named it The Lost Horizon.
 

The Lost Horizon has been home to many famous national acts, as well as many local artists. Many consider the club's heyday to be in the 1980s and early 90s. We won't talk about the time the club was called 32 Degrees and Club Tundra in the 2000s. It now is back to having the classic Lost Horizon name, and continues to host local and national acts.
 

Many of the pictures included on this page are courtesy of long time Lost Horizon employee Patti Gonyea. Click here to check out an episode of the Syracuse Nostalgia Podcast featuring a lengthy interview with Patti about the Lost Horizon.

Yellow Balloon & Lost Horizon Newspaper Ads
November 12, 1970 & November 7, 1975

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Ace Frehley - June 25, 1987
Pictures taken by Brian Hamilton

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Ace Frehley - June 25, 1987
Pictures taken by Chris Blandino

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Faith No More - March 20, 1990
Picture taken by Courtney Angell

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Suicidal Tendencies - October 21, 1988
Picture taken by Andrew Becker

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The Miamis - 1985
Pictures taken by Thomas Perkins

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The rest of the images on this page are courtesy of Patti Gonyea.
 

Exodus - January 19, 1988

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Armored Saint - February 11, 1988

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L.A. Guns - March 1, 1988

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Overkill - July 29, 1988

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Yngwie Malmsteen - July 19, 1988

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Testament - July 17, 1988

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King Diamond - August 30, 1988

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Kix - November 27, 1988

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Jetboy - November 27, 1988

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Bon Jovi & Skid Row - March 2, 1989
Hanging out the day before their Carrier Dome show

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Lost Horizon staff & regulars
Greg Italiano, Scott Sterling, Paulie, 6 Pack

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Local band promotional pictures
Ardent, Axiom, Below Zero, Creeper, Mayhem, Paris, Sacred Death, Sleez, Soldier

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Lost Horizon 1988 Event Calendar

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Lost Horizon 1989 Event Calendar

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Lost Horizon Ticket Stubs

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