Mickey Mouse Club In 1929, the Fox Dome Theater in Ocean Park, California, began a Mickey Mouse Club. Soon there were hundreds of other Mickey Mouse Clubs associated with theaters all over the country. These were real clubs which kids joined. The children attended Saturday meetings where Mickey Mouse cartoons were shown, a Chief Mickey Mouse and a Chief Minnie Mouse were elected, Mickey Mouse credos were recited, and Mickey Mouse Club bands entertained. At the height of their popularity in 1932, these clubs had more than a million members. The television version of the Mickey Mouse Club would not come along until 23 years later.