Susan’s SPiN goes Hollywood

BATD ON Aug 11, 2010 AT 9:26 am

Susan Sarandon playing PingPong

Susan Sarandon playing PingPong

Actress Susan Sarandon’s New York table tennis club, SPiN, has taken a trip to Hollywood for a Ping-Pong Palooza at the Mondrian Los Angeles design hotel, a hot-spot for celebs.  The event, called SPiN Hollywood, began at the end of July and is sure to help promote the off-the-wall sport over on the U.S. West Coast.  

Sarandon opened SPiN New York last summer after learning about the sport from her son Miles.  The club features 16 table-tennis courts on cushioned, Olympic-competition flooring, as well as a stadium-like center court.  But SPiN is much more than just a sports club – it’s also a big nightspot, with a restaurant and bar open until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 a.m. on most weekdays.     

SPiN

SPiN

Table tennis has recently become a popular sport among many celebrities, including George Clooney, Edward Norton, Jamie Foxx, and Scarlett Johansson – I’m sure they’ll all appreciate Sarandon’s SPiN Hollywood this summer.

There is also recent talk of a reality show set in Sarandon’s New York club, though Sarandon claims that the show will be more of an “episodic documentary,” following the table tennis sub-culture and featuring the stories of the young players looking to qualify for the Olympics.  The details on which network is producing the show have not yet been released.

Public late night PingPong on Broadwick Street

Public late night PingPong on Broadwick Street

It looks like Ping-Pong is becoming a hot trend, and Londoners, we can get in on the action for the final weeks of Ping!, a table tennis festival throughout the city’s streets, which will have tables set up randomly throughout major squares, parks, shopping centers, and even Heathrow airport! Just look for the “Stop and Play” signs to get in on the action that our favorite celebs are raving about!   

For more information about Ping! visit www.pinglondon.com, and to find out about Sarandon’s club, go to www.spinyc.com

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