The Chameleon Club is a music venue located in the historic downtown area of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.Founded by Rich Ruoff and Alexandra Brown in 1985 it was originally located in the back room of a prominent fine dining restaurant called Tom Paine's (after the historical figure Thomas Paine). At its conception, the small approximately 100 person capacity room offered performances of live, original music in Lancaster City.In approximately 1991, about five years after its beginning the club was relocated to the 200 block of Prince Street with an entrance on Water Street.
Circa 1995, the venue was signed on to do a live television show entitled "Live at the Chameleon Club" which aired on PRISM Network, a now defunct Philadelphia area cable network.In 2002, following a questionable police raid, Rich Ruoff sold the Chameleon Club. This was the first time the club was sold to a non-founding entity.In less than a year it was again sold to the current owners, Nick and Holly Skiadas.
In 2008, a major renovation took place in which the building next door was acquired and integrated into the existing facility. During the renovation, the stage lighting scheme was overhauled to include low heat/power LED lighting and the stage was enlarged to offer more square footage to incoming touring bands. "Lancaster Living - Chameleon: $2M overhaul". Retrieved 2011-04-26.Today[when?], the schedule is filled with bands of a popular music or hardcore/metal genre.
A feature length documentary film is currently being made about the venue.