Begun by a show-business producer and two casino owners, the club reached the height of its fame about ten years after it first opened when the cabaret girls known as "Goddesses of the flesh" stepped on to its stage.
Tickets to a performance - which typically begins at 10pm and continues late into the night - start at some $80 (£50) making it by far the most expensive night out in Havana.
"I couldn't come to Cuba without seeing the Tropicana," said Italian tourist Antonio Conti. "To miss this would be impossible."
In the past, those who appeared in the audience were often as famous as those - including Edith Piaf and Orfelia Fox - who graced its stage.
Havana's Club Tropicana turns 70
Marlon Brando, Sammy Davis and Greta Garbo all came to the Tropicana, some ferried from Miami to Havana on a Cubana airlines plane - complete with its own live music and bar.
After Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution, the Tropicana - along with many other famous hotels and casinos - was nationalised.
Many floundered but the Tropicana survived and flourished, albeit without the gambling.
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