Before 1900
2020

Queer Maps Created with Sketch.

Type
Years Active
Establishment Name
Street Address
Neighborhood
0000 1781

Yang Na

200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
200 N Spring St
90012

One of the largest villages of the Tongva people and a favorite trading spot for native peoples of the region before Spanish colonization. It is now the site of L.A. City Hall. Tribe allowed same-sex marriage and believed homosexuality was determined before birth. They honored same-gender love and had initiation ceremonies for lesbian and gay adolescents, who were known as “two-spirit” people. The Chumash Indians, who lived north of Malibu, and Jauneno Indians, who lived north of San Diego, held similar beliefs. Most of the tribe were eventually killed or sold as slaves.

Plaque to honor Tongva peoples, who founded Los Angeles in 1781, is at El Pueblo Historic Monument (125 Paseo De La Plaza).

Attr — Stuart Timmons and Karen Ocamb, “L.A. Gay Time Machine: Historic Sites in Gay Los Angeles” 15 September 2006.
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1871 1877

Queen Mary (King's Alley)

418 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
418 N Main St
90012

After its days as a theatre, the Merced hosted entertainment for L.A.’s Victorian-era sex industry, including “prostitutes of both sexes who made the night hideous,” according to the L.A. Times. The alley led to New High Street, popular with “toughs,” prostitutes, and “she-boys” in the 1880s.

Attr — Stuart Timmons, Frontiers History Walk (2007)
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1877 1898

Merced House

420 N Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
420 N Main St.
90012

The Merced was the first theater in Los Angeles, next to L.A.’s first hotel and in close proximity to a slew of saloons. It was originally built for family entertainment, but had to close in 1877 because of the smallpox virus. When it re-opened near the end of the 19th century, Victorian Sex Clubs were the only organizations that could afford the rent. It was reported in 1887 that the Merced hosted masked balls for male and female prostitutes who conducted "vile orgies." It was later converted into a covert gay lodging house by "outrageous queen" Frederick Purssord (who also ran the Turkish and Electric Light Baths).

The relative tolerance for such behavior ended in 1898 when the City of Los Angeles enacted an anti-masquerading ordinance in response to La Fiesta celebrations. La Fiesta was a weeklong celebration, along the same lines as Mardi Gras, which culminated in All Fool’s Night. Although the celebration was organized by the Los Angeles Merchants Association, it drew the wrath of conservative Protestant groups who were trying to change the lawless image of the city. Amidst the rowdiness, the behavior Protestants found most disturbing was cross-dressing. Thus began a period in which the LGBT community was isolated by low levels of public acceptance and sustained efforts by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to discourage nearly all public expressions of nonconforming sexual and gender behavior. 

Attr — Gay L.A pp. 28; Stuart Timmons and Karen Ocamb, “L.A. Gay Time Machine: Historic Sites in Gay Los Angeles” 15 September 2006; Survey LA: LGBT Historic Context Statement pp.5
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1897 1905

Pico House

430 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
430 N Main St
90012

At the turn of the twentieth century, the building offered a safe gathering place to LGBTQ individuals through its hosting of masked balls. At these costumed balls, LGBTQ individuals were able to socialize with one another under the safety of their concealed identities. They were also free to dress in clothing of the opposite gender without fear of persecution. Beginning in 1897, the building was used as a lodging house for queer men.

Attr — Stuart Timmons, Frontiers History Walk (2007)
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The New Jalisco Bar

245 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
245 S Main St
90012

The bar has gone by several names – Jalisco Inn, Jalisco Cafe, Jalisco Inn  Number 2, and The New Jalisco Bar. Caters to Latinx crowd.

The building was permitted for demolition in 2016, but is still operating.

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1940 1949

Smitty's

242 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
242 S Main St
90012

A gay bar in Hollywood

Attr — https://www.laconservancy.org/sites/default/files/files/documents/LGBT%20Historic%20Context%209-14%20%28FINAL%29.pdf
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1953 1962

ONE, Inc

232 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
232 S Hill St
90012

October 1952: The idea of a magazine for homosexuals is first discussed in a Mattachine meeting.
November 1952: ONE Inc. is founded.
January 1953: The first issue of ONE Magazine is published.
August/September 1953: The Los Angeles postal authorities seize the August edition of ONE Magazine. The issue, which bore the title “Homosexual Marriage?” on the cover, is released three weeks later without explanation.
November 1953: ONE Inc. opens an office in downtown Los Angeles at 232 South Hill Street.
1954: The Los Angeles postal authorities seize the October issues of ONE Magazine on charges of obscenity.
1956: The ONE Institute for Homophile Studies opens.
January 13, 1958: After four years of litigation, the Supreme Court declares ONE Magazine is not in violation of obscenity laws.
1962: ONE Inc. moves to 2256 Venice Boulevard.

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1940 1959

Maxwell's

214 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
214 W 3rd St
90013

also known as M Cocktail Lounge

Attr — Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969 pp.346
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1908 1962

3-2-6

326 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
326 S Spring St
90013

The 3-2-6, commonly known as the Numbers, was World Heavyweight Champion Jim Jeffries' bar. This bar attracted drag queens, including Destiny, a real person and a character in John Rechy's City of Night. Building was demolished in the 1960's.

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1977 1982

Main Spring

107 W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
107 W 4th St
90013

80-82: (some RT)

Attr — Bob Damron '80-82
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1983 2005

Score

107 W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
107 W 4th St
90013

84: * (R) (Lunches)

Attr — Bob Damron '83-84
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1960 1969

Brass Rail

336 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
336 S Hill St
90013

Built in 1897 but first put to use in 1909, the bar was originally part of a three-building, three-story complex that existed as a hotel on upper floors and as storefronts on the ground floor. The buildings then went through various iterations and owners; there was a hat shop, then a curios shop. Then in the 1940’s, where La Cita stands today at 336 S. Hill Street it was the New Palace Cafe. It later became the Brass Rail Bar when it was bought by Al Daswick in the early 1960’s.

When Daswick bought it, the Brass Rail was a working class bar that catered to the patrons and workers of Grand Central Market, many of them Latinxs. Latinx immigrants had made the area a center of commerce and entertainment, often shopping at Grand Central Market next door and attending Spanish-language film screenings at the Million Dollar Theater.

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Precinct

357 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
357 S Broadway
90013

Rock and Roll Gay Bar

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1984 2018

KLYT

132 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
132 E 4th St
90013

The Palace Turkish Baths originally operated as a straight venue, offering massages and Turkish Baths facilities, but it gradually evolved into a clandestine gay bathhouse. It began to operate as KLYT Baths in 1984, a venue well-known for its Latino clientele. It closed in 2018.

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1906 1984

Palace Turkish Baths

132 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
132 E 4th St
90013

Gay Guide '71: (RT); Barfly West '73: B. C.

The "Palace Turkish Baths" originally operated as a straight venue, offering massages and Turkish Baths facilities, but it gradually evolved into a clandestine gay bathhouse. In 1984 it began operation as KLYT Baths, a venue well-known for its Latino clientele.

During the 1940s it was said to have been a favorite haunt of Rock Hudson and some lesser-known film stars of the day. According Joe Therrien, "the Palace Baths was popular with the gay crowd when I started going there in the 1940s. I had an affair with an actor there. He appeared in those fly-by-night cowboy movies that Hollywood put out in a week's time. When the actor's lover found out about our meetings, we ended our affair at the baths. In those days you always knew who was who because there were few places in Los Angeles where men could meet for . When you went to the baths you saw the same faces year after year."

Attr — Survey LA: LGBT Historic Context Statementl Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '68-'84
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1900 1913

Purssord’s Turkish and Electric Light Baths

449 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
449 S Hill St
90013

"We have among us many scientific exponents of the massage and bath systems, probably none more prominent than F. G. Purssord, whose establishment is at 449 South Hill street. Mr. Purssord has been in this business for the past five years, but has been in Los Angeles since 1886."

British immigrant Frederick Purssord was an "outrageous queen" who made the L.A. Times for his practice of nudism. He was responsible for converting the Merced House into a lodging house, apparently for homosexual men. He was later arrested as a “degenerate,” and died in police custody in 1913. L.A. had numerous bath houses, open for ladies for a few hours in the afternoon, open for men all night—with rooms for those who had no place else to sleep.

Attr — Los Angeles herald., September 03, 1905, Page 6.; Stuart Timmons and Karen Ocamb, “L.A. Gay Time Machine: Historic Sites in Gay Los Angeles” 15 September 2006; Gay L.A. pp. 28, 30.
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1930 1983

Waldorf

521 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
521 S Main St
90013

Also known as Waldorf Cellar.

The official Waldorf liquor license was denied in 1936 on grounds that the business ran "contrary to public welfare and morals." Fictionalized as "Wally's" in John Rechy's 1963 novel "City of Night." Part of The Run.

Gay Guide '71: (B) (RT) *; Barfly West '73: L; Bob Damron: (B) (RT)

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '65-83
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1943 1970

Dover Hotel

525 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
525 S Main St
90013

The Dover Hotel in Los Angeles operated practically as a gay bathhouse, and as such drew the attention of police, who conducted frequent raids. But one such action turned deadly on March 9, 1969, when nurse Howard Efland was, according to witnesses, beaten to death outside the hotel. The incident has been memorialized by the Back2Stonewall website, which says vice officers reported Efland groping them, something that apparently warranted the man being dragged downstairs in the nude before the assault. The officers would report that Efland was being taken to a police station when he kicked a vehicle open and was flung onto the Hollywood Freeway and died. The L.A. County Coroner would rule the death an “excusable homicide.”

Attr — The Advocate
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1940 1950

Gayaway Cafe

514 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
514 S Main St
90013

Also known as Gay Way. A gay bar in Downtown in the 1940's.

Attr — SurveyLA Historic LGBT Context
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1964 1982

Circle Bar

324 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
324 W 5th St
90013

Directory '64; Barfly West '73: L; Damron '65-82: (RT)

"Another hustler bar - notorious countrywide was the Circle at 324 W. 5th nestled in rear of Dunn's Coffee Shop"

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '65-82; Noirish Los Angeles
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1944 1986

Harold's

555 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
555 S Main St
90013

Barfly West '73: L. M.; Bob Damron '65-84: (B) (RT) ("Hustlers")

Part of the network of downtown hangouts known as "The Run"

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '65-84; SCGBA 1986
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1955 1971

Red Horse

512 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
512 S Hill St
90013

(RT)

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1929 1960

Paramount Theater

536 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
536 S Hill St
90013

A famous gay bar occupied the basement of the building.

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1893 1952

Burbank Theatre

548 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
548 S Main St
90013

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1950 1969

Cooper's Do-Nuts

547 S. Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
547 S. Main St
90013

"Way back in 1958, at Cooper's Donuts on Main Street, a favorite after-hours hangout in Los Angeles' downtown, two cops ostensibly checking I.D., a routine harassment, arbitrarily picked up two hustlers, two queens, and a young man just cruising and led them out. As the cops packed the back of the squad car, one of the men objected, shouting that the car was illegally crowded. While the two cops switched around to force him in, the others scattered out of the car. From the donut shop, everyone poured out. The police faced a barrage of coffee cups, spoons, trash. They fled into their car, called backups, and soon the street was bustling with disobedience. Gay people danced about the cars." - John Rechy

The date of the riot has since been corrected to May 1959. The riot was said to have cause Main St. to be closed for a day.

Main St. and the surrounding area was home to several clubs and bars popular with gays - the Biltmore, Brass Rail, Cellar (521 S. Main), Crown Jewel (754 S. Olive), Harold's 555 Club (555 S. Main), Jolie's, Maxwell's, Numbers, 326 (326 S. Spring), Waldorf, and Burbank (548 S. Main). There were also numerous small eateries, one of which was Cooper's Do-Nuts, a 24 hour coffee and donut spot popular with a clientele comprised in part of multiracial trans people and hustlers. The network of gay hangouts came to be known as "The Run."

Attr — http://www.johnrechy.com/so_adel.htm
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1971 1972

One-O-One Club

101 N Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
101 N Santa Fe Ave
90012

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1923 1972

Biltmore Hotel

506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071
506 S Grand Ave
90071

The men’s bar…had been a cruising spot even before the war, uniformed soldiers would be “packed three-deep” (Gay LA).

During the 1940s and 50s, the Biltmore’s Grand Avenue Bar served a rendezvous point for Los Angeles’ gay community. Located near "The Run,” a strip of bars, burlesque theaters, tattoo parlors and dance halls centered around Pershing Square, the bar provided a fun and glamorous gathering spot for Los Angeles’ vibrant and active LGBTQ community (sailors, uniformed soldiers, and local residents alike).

On October 17, 1970, the Biltmore hosted the Second Annual Behavioral Modification Conference. The audience was watching a film by Dr. M. Phillip Feldman, which was making the case for electroshock therapy as the “cure” for homosexuality. The meeting was interrupted by men and women from the LA chapter of the Gay Liberation Front, who stormed the stage and stopped the screening. The Biltmore Invasion, as it became known, effectively forced one of the first dialogues between mental health professionals and the gay community. Within two years of that incident, “homosexuality” was removed as a mental disorder after decades of stigma and official misclassification.

Carolyn Weathers was among the 25 or so from the GLF who organized the invasion.

The hotel is still open and operating, but no longer of specific interest to the LGBTQ community.

Attr — Faderman, Lillian and Stuart Timmons, Gay L.A. pp. 73; Clendinan, Dudley, Out For Good: The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America pp.202
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1920 1969

Pershing Square

532 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
532 S Olive St
90013

Constructed in 1866 as La Plaza Abaja, Pershing Square is the largest park in Downtown Los Angeles. It was a meeting ground for gay men for much of the 20th century.

Pershing Square was the center of "The Run," a circuit of gay-friendly establishments and cruising spots that served in the 1920s through the 1960s as what the book Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians calls "the premier homosexual spot." But it was also a centralized place where people could meet and socialize in the absence of a strong out gay community. The Run included the Central Library, the bar at the Biltmore Hotel, and the Subway Terminal Building's bathrooms.

Social disapproval of The Run, along with the general perception that downtown was “blighted,” might have been a factor in the decision to prescribe the open-heart surgery of urban renewal for Pershing Square and Bunker Hill.

In 1951, the park was ripped out to make way for a three-level, subterranean parking garage. Access ramps and stairwells replaced the greenery, but for a thin layer of turf atop the concrete. Some of the palms that were dug up were moved to brand-new Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise — a fittingly ironic fate, as, like Disneyland, the new square was part of the machine of suburbanization remaking Southern California, built around the private automobile.

Attr — L.A. Times, Gay L.A.
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2014 today

Redline

131 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
131 E 6th St
90014

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1970

Silver Coin

114 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
114 W 6th St
90014

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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2015 2018

Bar Mattachine

221 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
221 W 7th St
90014

Upscale mixology gay bar named after the 1950s pioneering gay activist group the Mattachine Society. Part of the wave of newly opened gay bars in Downtown Los Angeles, along with Redline and Precinct.

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1940 1949

Gay Inn

710 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
710 S Hill St
90014

A gay bar in Downtown during the 1940s

Attr — https://www.laconservancy.org/sites/default/files/files/documents/LGBT%20Historic%20Context%209-14%20%28FINAL%29.pdf
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1941 1979

Crown Jewel

754 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
754 S Olive St
90014

There was the subterranean Crown Jewel at 8th and Olive, which, unlike most other gay bars in the neighborhood, had a fancy dress code and was considered “discreet and elegant." A driver’s license was needed to enter, “There was a code of conduct in such bars that normally prohibited any same-sex touching, making it difficult at times to tell a gay bar from a straight one.”

The Crown Jewel Cocktail Room was also known as the the Crown Jewel Grill, the Crown Grill and the Crown Grill Cocktail Lounge.

Owned by lawyer Harry Weiss, the proprietor of two other gay bars, who supposedly once sprung Tab Hunter from a gay arrest. Weiss, dubbed “the faggot lawyer” by judges, purportedly gave the police tips regarding the identities of his gay patrons. The vice squad then passed Weiss’s business card to any men they arrested, and Weiss paid the police half of any legal fees he earned from the resulting cases.

Part of "The Run" in Downtown Los Angeles.

Barfly West '73: L. M. *

Attr — Lavender Los Angeles pp. 53; Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969 pp. 147; Gay LA pp. 84; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Gayellow Pages 1979
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1973 today

Midtowne Spa

615 Kohler St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
615 Kohler St
90021

Barfly West '73: B. C. P.; Bob Damron '80-84: (Baths) *

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '80-84
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1930 1934

808 Night Club

808 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
808 S Figueroa St
90017

Run by former vaudevillian Estelle Milmar. A stage where female impersonators performed...nine out of ten were actively homosexual. Was so successful that it moved to a larger location 5 blocks north in 1934

Attr — Bohemian Los Angeles: And the Making of Modern Politics pp.56
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1974 1987

Metropolitan Community Church

1050 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
1050 S Hill St
90015

Attr — Bob Damron '80-84
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1975 1991

The Woman's Building

1727 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
1727 N Spring St
90012

Founded as an act of protest, The Woman's Building is a cornerstone in late-twentieth-century lesbian and feminist culture.

From 1973 to 1991, the Los Angeles-based organization and facility stood as a counterpoint to most major American museums, galleries, and arts programs, which routinely excluded female artists from their circles. Created by and for women, The Woman’s Building exemplified the impulse among feminists, including lesbians and bisexual women, to establish autonomous spaces outside of traditional, patriarchal institutions.

Three trailblazing women – artist Judy Chicago, art historian Arlene Raven, and graphic designer Sheila Levrant de Bretteville – came together in 1973 to create the first independent art school for women called the Feminist Studio Workshop (FSW). The founding of the FSW represented a crucial milestone of for feminist activism within the art world, which targeted mainstream institutions for their broad dismissal of female artists.

The FSW was originally headquartered at 743 S. Grand View Street, near MacArthur Park. The founders and students began to describe the educational center as The Woman’s Building, a tribute to the Sophia Hayden-designed structure at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, which exhibited work by female artists from around the globe.

In 1975, the organization relocated to the 1914 Beaux Arts building at 1727 N. Spring Street, where it remained until its closure in 1991. Like its predecessor, the nonprofit center was known as The Woman’s Building in reference to the creative achievements and autonomy of female artists.

Throughout its eighteen-year run, The Woman's Building cultivated an experimental space for women from around the world to explore ideas in feminist theory and sexuality through art. Artists whose work may have been marginalized in other venues found a platform for expressing political goals and viewpoints. Provided safe space for women artists and writers, including Terry Wolverton and Cheri Gaulke.

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1973 1974

Mirror Room

1600 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
1600 W 6th St
90017

F. M.

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1973 1975

Tiki

1617 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
1617 W 6th St
90017

F

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1992 today

Reach LA

1400 E. Olympic Blvd. # 240, Los Angeles, CA 90021
1400 E. Olympic Blvd. # 240
90021

REACH LA (Realistic Education in Action Coalition to Foster Health) is a youth-driven organization serving African-American and Latino gay, bisexual, and transgender youth who are struggling with issues that prevent them from fully engaging in a larger community.  Lacking a safety net of supportive family, schools, churches, or community organizations, a nationwide network of house and ball communities was established in the late 1980’s and 90’s.  In Los Angeles alone there are 17 “houses” which provide a safe support system for drag queens and transgender youth of color who are exploring their sexuality and identity.  A main activity of each house is to compete in local “ball” events, where members are recognized for dance, modeling, and fashion artistry.

In 1992, three women artists founded REACH LA in response to the lack of HIV/AIDS prevention education for youth of color. They worked with teenage youth to develop educational programming that was targeted to combat the rise in HIV infection rates among adolescents and young adults. We have since cultivated our legacy into a multifaceted approach that includes HIV prevention education, HIV testing, linkage to care and support services for HIV positive & high-risk negative youth and young adults. REACH LA has built a safe and supportive environment that strives to educate, motivate and mobilize youth around sexual/reproductive health, culture and self-preservation.

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1971 1975

Gay Community Services Center

1614 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017
1614 Wilshire Blvd
90017

In 1969, a loose association of activists, including gay and lesbian rights activist Morris Kight, began volunteering to provide mental health support and referrals to LGBT people, & discuss the consept of a Gay Community Center.

1971: With $35 in the bank, the "Gay Community Services Center" files its incorporation papers, opens its first "Liberation House" for homeless LGBT people, and rents its first headquarters at 1614 Wilshire. It provides services including counseling, family services, and a V.D. clinic.

1972: The IRS denies the Center's application for non-profit status at the IRS building in Hollywood, explaining the Center is "neither benevolent nor charitable" because it serves homosexuals. That year the annual budget is $42,000 and services are provided by an all volunteer staff. The Center also establishes the world's first lesbian health clinic staffed by volunteer lesbian medical professionals.

1974: Appeal of IRS decision is successful. The Center becomes the first openly LGBT organization (and the first organization with the word ‘gay’ in its title) to receive tax-exempt status.

1975: The Center moves to what was formerly a motel at 1213 N. Highland Ave. It receives the first federal grant ever given to an LGBT organization: $1 million for alcoholic services to women. Staff reported that during the first year between 1,700 – 2,500 men and women passed through the doors each week.

Attr — Vanguard Summer 2014 (LA LGBT Center's Quarterly Magazine)
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1969 1972

Gay Liberation Front

1822 W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
1822 W 4th St
90057

Operated out of the home of gay rights activist Morris Kight.

In December 1969, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) activists in Los Angeles launched a branch of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), which had been recently founded by New York activists as a response to the Stonewall Riots. While LGBT activism had been growing and becoming more radical throughout the late 1960s, Stonewall and the GLF helped to fundamentally transform the gay movement and connect it to the antiwar, Black liberation, feminist, and anti-imperialist movements of the time.

In Los Angeles, the GLF operated out of the Westlake home of Morris Kight, a gay antiwar activist. One of the more famous actions it took was a protest against the "No Fags" sign at Barney's Beanery in West Hollywood. As an individual, Kight was also instrumental in forming the gay rights parade organization Christopher Street West. Kight and other GLF leaders also helped to form the Gay Community Services Center, which continues to serve the community today as the LA LGBT Center.

Attr — A People's Guide to Los Angeles, Pulido 2012 pp.260
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1980 1990

Little Joy

1477 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
1477 Sunset Blvd
90026

Bob Damron: (Latins)

Attr — Bob Damron '80-84; Sin Bros '90
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1965 1971

Paper Doll

1713 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
1713 W 7th St
90017

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1982 1984

Royal Viking Motel

2025 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
2025 W 3rd St
90057

(M) (H)

Still open but ceased being listed in directories

Attr — Bob Damron '82-84
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1930 1980

Echo Park Lake

1794 Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026
1794 Park Ave
90026

Cruisy area (AYOR - sure suicide)

Attr — Bob Damron '80
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1984 today

Tom of Finland Foundation

1419 Laveta Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90026
1419 Laveta Terrace
90026

In 1984, the non-profit Tom of Finland Foundation was established by Durk Dehner and his friend Touko Laaksonen a.k.a. Tom of Finland. As Tom had established worldwide recognition as the master of homo-erotic art, the Foundation's original purpose was to preserve his vast catalog of work. Several years later the scope was widened to offer a safe haven for all erotic art in response to rampant discrimination against art that portrayed sexual behavior or generated a sexual response. Today the Foundation continues in its efforts of educating the public as to the cultural merits of erotic art and in promoting healthier, more tolerant attitudes about sexuality.

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1999 today

Black AIDS Institute

1833 West 8th Street #200, Los Angeles, CA 90057
1833 West 8th Street #200
90057

Founded by longtime AIDS activist and survivor Phill Wilson to address the specific needs of the LGBT African American community.

Founded in May of 1999, the Black AIDS Institute (BAI) is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on Black people. The Institute’s mission is to stop the AIDS epidemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black leaders, institutions, and individuals, in efforts to confront HIV. BAI disseminates information; advocates for sound, inclusive, culturally responsive public and private sector health policies; offers training and capacity building; provides health screening for HIV/STI/Hep C and other chronic and/or infectious diseases, and linkage to comprehensive HIV care: and conducts advocacy and mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view.

Attr — Black AIDS Institute
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1950s today

Redz

2218 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033
2218 E 1st St
90033

Alternate names: Redhead; Redheads; Reds; Redz; Chuparosa; Redz Angelz

One of the few lesbian bars to cater to Latinas opened in Boyle Heights in the 1950s. For over fifty years, this popular lesbian bar catered to a predominantly Mexican and Mexican American clientele.

Over the course of its history, the bar's name evolved from Redheads to Reds to, most recently, Redz. It opened at a time when working-class lesbian bars were on the rise around Los Angeles, particularly in Westlake and North Hollywood. It represented an important intersection of race, class, gender, and sexual identity. 

Nancy Valverde remembers, "We started going to [Redheads] on 1st St...the old man Charlie was the owner, and he made the mistake of hiring a lesbian for waitressing. Well that was his mistake because it's been gay ever since!" from Nancy From East Side Clover

Changed ownership in 2016 and currently open as Redz Angelz. Still caters primarily to LGBTQ community.

Attr — Los Angeles Conservancy; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73
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1950 1969

Geri's

666 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
666 S Alvarado St
90057

Alternate names: Jerry's, 666

A gay bar in Westlake during the 1950's and 1960's. The site of a well-publicized raid in 1962.

Attr — SurveyLA Historic LGBT Context Statement; Inguide '66
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1966 1986

Park Theatre

710 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
710 S Alvarado St
90057

Originally the Alvarado Theatre (built 1914), it was renamed the Park Theatre on April 6, 1966. The theatre switched to porn, and then gay porn. In the 1970’s, the Park Theatre returned to mainstream films. The Park Theater was one of the first venues to program gay film. The theater was owned by Shan Sayles and Monroe Beehler.

The two owners discovered Pat Rocco while looking for filmmakers to provide content for their series at the Park, and asked to see his work. According to Anthony Slide’s 2000 book “Nitrate Won’t Wait: A History of Film Preservation in the United States”, “The Original Pat Rocco Male Film Festival” at the Park Theatre in July 1968 was the first program of all-gay films to play in America.

Attr — Los Angeles Theaters; ONE / USC; UCLA Cinema Archive; Escoffier, Jeffrey, "Bigger Than Life: The History of Gay Porn Cinema from Beefcake to Hardcore" pp. 52-60
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1945 1955

Westlake Park (aka MacArthur Park)

2144 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057
2144 Wilshire Blvd
90057

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1951 1990

Physique Pictorial

1834 W 11th St, Los Angeles, CA 90006
1834 W 11th St
90006

Bob Mizer started the first physique magazine, Physique Pictorial, aimed at gay men interested in appreciating the male form.

Attr — https://www.laconservancy.org/sites/default/files/files/documents/LGBT%20Historic%20Context%209-14%20%28FINAL%29.pdf
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1980 1982

2006 Bar

2006 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90065
2006 N Figueroa St
90065

80-82: (trying for SM, W)

Attr — Bob Damron '80-82
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1984

Duane's

2006 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90065
2006 N Figueroa St
90065

84: (Some W, SM, OC)

Attr — Bob Damron '80-82
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1973 1975

The Woman's Building

743 S Grand View St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
743 S Grand View St
90057

Founded as an act of protest, The Woman's Building is a cornerstone in late-twentieth-century lesbian and feminist culture.

From 1973 to 1991, the Los Angeles-based organization and facility stood as a counterpoint to most major American museums, galleries, and arts programs, which routinely excluded female artists from their circles. Created by and for women, The Woman’s Building exemplified the impulse among feminists, including lesbians and bisexual women, to establish autonomous spaces outside of traditional, patriarchal institutions.

Three trailblazing women – artist Judy Chicago, art historian Arlene Raven, and graphic designer Sheila Levrant de Bretteville – came together in 1973 to create the first independent art school for women called the Feminist Studio Workshop (FSW). The founding of the FSW represented a crucial milestone of for feminist activism within the art world, which targeted mainstream institutions for their broad dismissal of female artists.

The FSW was originally headquartered at 743 S. Grand View Street, near MacArthur Park. The founders and students began to describe the educational center as The Woman’s Building, a tribute to the Sophia Hayden-designed structure at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, which exhibited work by female artists from around the globe.

In addition to the FSW, the building housed a number of likeminded feminist institutions, including the National Organization for Women (NOW) the first Sisterhood Bookstore, and the newsletter Lesbian Tide.

In 1975, the organization relocated to the 1914 Beaux Arts building at 1727 N. Spring Street, where it remained until its closure in 1991. Like its predecessor, the nonprofit center was known as The Woman’s Building in reference to the creative achievements and autonomy of female artists.

Attr — Los Angeles Conservancy
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1976 1981

Casa Juan

1025 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90006
1025 S Alvarado St
90006

(M) (Mexican R)

Attr — Gay Business List 1976; Bob Damron '80-81
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1973 1975

Queen of Hearts

2122 W 11th St, Los Angeles, CA 90006
2122 W 11th St
90006

M

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1968 1971

Vanity

2122 W 11th St, Los Angeles, CA 90006
2122 W 11th St
90006

M

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1971 1972

Gay Women's Service Center

1542 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
1542 Glendale Blvd
90026

Founded February 1971 by Virginia Hoeffding and Del Whan of the Los Angeles Gay Liberation Front, the GWSC was the first organization in the U.S. incorporated as a social service agency exclusively for lesbians.

It was also the first telephone listing in Los Angeles containing the word "gay," made possible by a phone company administrator who also happened to be a lesbian.

There were efforts from Morris Kight and the Gay Community Services Center to absorb all startup lesbian service centers in order to consolidate the LGBT community's political power. Sharon Raphael and Mina Meyer from the Gay Women's Service Center proved reluctant to incorporate. They had concerns "joining with the men because we felt something would be lost." However, many volunteers left the Women's Service Center and joined the Gay Community Services Center, and eventually Raphael and Meyer conceded. In good faith, they donated their furniture and took leadership roles. However, Meyer "left the Center because of the sexism. It was just intolerable."

Attr — SurveyLA: LGBT Historic Context Statement; Gay L.A. pp.170-171; Baltza, Katie, Before AIDS: Gay Health Politics in the 1970s pp. 51-53
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1974 today

Alcoholism Center for Women

1147 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90006
1147 S Alvarado St
90006

Founded by Brenda Weathers, this was a pioneering residential treatment center for women/lesbian alcoholics. Began with a landmark federal grant to the Gay Community Services Center, but disputes over how to spend the money led to the infamous Center strike.

Attr — SurveyLA: LGBT Historic Context Statement
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1966 1977

Fallen Angel

2709 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
2709 W 6th St
90057

D. M. *

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '67-7
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1963 present

Silver Platter

2700 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
2700 W 7th St
90057

The Silver Platter, which opened in 1963, is the oldest gay bar in the MacArthur Park area. For years, it was a magnet for men "in Tejano boots and big cowboy hats" who had immigrated from Mexico and Central America. In the early 1990s, after the original owner died from AIDS-related complications and left the bar to his brother, a few people started showing up in dresses. Soon, it was dozens, and the bar became known as a rare place where vestidas, as cross-dressers are called in Spanish, could gather. It remains a popular club for Los Angeles' trans Latinx community.

Was home to "Wildness" weekly club nights, organized by artist and filmmaker Wu Tsang, from 2008-2010. His 2012 documentary "Wildness" features the bar literally speaking about its history, the neighborhood, and the impact of the trendy party on the bar's "safe space." Voiced by a transgender actress from Guatemala, the bar whispers about the generations of gays who have found sanctuary there, away “from the ignorance, the fear and hatred of the outside world.”

Attr — LA Times, "Outfest: Wu Tsang’s ‘Wildness’ documents the Silver Platter scene," 13 July 2012.
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1964 1974

Mansfield House

2600 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
2600 Sunset Blvd
90026

M

Attr — Guild Guide '64; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '66-74
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1993 today

Las Memorias AIDS Monument - Lincoln Park

3600 N. Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90031
3600 N. Mission Rd
90031

Founded by Richard L. Zaldivar in December 1993, The Wall-Las Memorias Project serves low-income and hard to reach communities throughout Los Angeles—educating community members on the importance of HIV/AIDS, substance abuse prevention and community building in the LGBTQ community. In 2004, Zaldivar realized his vision for a monument to memorialize those lost to AIDS by offering a place of remembrance and healing.

The AIDS monument was designed by architect David Angelo and public artist Robin Brailsford. A community advisory board selected the site in 1993, based upon its rich cultural and artistic history with the Latino community and its proximity to the local AIDS Treatment Center at County USC Hospital, the Rand Schrader AIDS Clinic. 

The Las Memorias AIDS Monument was designed as a Quetzalcoatl serpent, an Aztec symbol for rebirth. The monument consists of eight wall panels: six murals depicting life with AIDS in the Latino community and two granite panels that contain the names of individuals who have died from AIDS. The monument also includes a serene park setting with benches and an archway set in garden areas for personal meditation. The total size of the monument is about 9,000 square ft., with half of this area being developed as new landscaping. 

Located at Lincoln Park, Las Memorias AIDS Monument is the first publically funded AIDS monument in the country. The 9,000 square-foot monument is composed of a stainless steel archway and eight panels - six of the panels feature murals by Southern California artists, and two granite panels will eventually display the names of 8,000 people lost to AIDS. Each year, new names are added to the panels during a special ceremony, Noche De Las Memorias (A Night of Memories) which takes place on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1.

Attr — The Wall Las Memorias Project
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1970

Brig

3103 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057
3103 Beverly Blvd
90057

Attr — The Advocate Feb '70, Gay Guide '71
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1971 1973

Metropolitan Community Church

2201 S Union Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007
2201 S Union Ave
90007

Founded by Reverend Troy Perry in 1968, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) is the oldest continuously operating LGBTQ ministry in the world.

Trained as a Pentecostal minister, Reverend Perry left the church in the early 1960s after parish leadership learned he was gay and excommunicated him. Events in his personal life moved him to return to the ministry in 1968 with the goal of providing a place for LGBTQ individuals to worship freely. 

Reverend Perry conducted services in his living room for the first six weeks. The size of the congregation steadily grew each week, and by 1969 the church had 150 congregants.

As the ministry grew, the congregation turned to other meeting spaces, including a nearby women's club, theatres, and other churches. In 1971, the MCC dedicated its own church at 2201 South Union Avenue. Beth Chayim Chadashim, the world's first LGBTQ synagogue, also held services in the building. 

As the MCC expanded its outreach across the country, it became a target for arson. Fires were first reported in 1972 and 1973 at churches in San Francisco. In 1973, the MCC headquarters at South Union Avenue and West 22nd Street was destroyed by two separate instances of arson. 

Attr — Los Angeles Conservancy
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1972 1974

Cypress Baths

3241 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90065
3241 N Figueroa St
90065

B. C. P.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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2009 today

[email protected] Coalition

3055 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 350, Los Angeles, CA 90010
3055 Wilshire Blvd.
90010

TransLatina Coalition stylized as [email protected] Coalition

The [email protected] Coalition is an organization form by Trans [email protected] leaders who have come together in 2009 to organize and advocate for the needs of Trans [email protected] who are immigrants and reside in the US.

Since its inception The [email protected] Coalition has done advocacy work across the US to ensure the voices of Trans [email protected] are heard. The [email protected] Coalition’s sole purpose is to address the unique and specific challenges and needs of Trans [email protected] who live in the United States. Working with policy makers and supporting organizations we find solutions to our unique needs and create structural changes to better our quality of life.

Members of the [email protected] Coalition are [email protected] Leaders who reside in different parts of the US who organize and advocate for the issues and needs of Trans [email protected] Individuals who reside in the United States.

Attr — [email protected] Coalition website
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2000 2018

ONE Archives

909 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007
909 W Adams Blvd
90007

ONE Archives is the oldest continuing LGBTQ organization in the United States, and the largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world.

2000: ONE Institute/IGLA moves to its current location at 909 West Adams Boulevard provided by the University of Southern California.

2004: The organization is renamed ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.

October 2010: The collections at ONE Archives become a part of the USC Libraries.

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1965 1978

Four Poster

2939 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
2939 Sunset Blvd
90026

Barfly West '73: M

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73, Bob Damron '65-'78
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1971 1981

Hungry Savage

2939 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
2939 Sunset Blvd
90026

Barfly West '73: M; Bob Damron '79-81: (PT)

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Los Angeles Bugle 1979; Bob Damron '79-81
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1982 1984

Good Company L.A.

2939 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
2939 Sunset Blvd
90026

Bob Damron '82-83: (PT)

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1971 1980

Butch Gardens

3037 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
3037 Sunset Blvd
90026

Inspiration for "The Butch Gardens School of Fine Art," an imaginary gay bar and performance space conjured by Teddy Sandoval, an artist whose own work encompassed performance, mail art, and ceramics.

Richard T. Rodriguez describes the actual Butch Gardens as a place where “mostly gay and lesbian cholos and cholas congregated,” including such artists as Jack Vargas and Gronk (Glugio Nicandro).

Butch Gardens on Sunset in Silver Lake was one of the first gay bars visited by political candidates, including Vince Bugliosi, Burt Pines, and even Paul Lamport, who were driven from office by L.A.’s gay vote.

Attr — The Gay Guide '71; Bob Damron '74-75; Benavidez, Max and Steve La Ponsie, Gronk, pp. 52; "A Maricón Beauty," Artforum.
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1965 1973

Ramm's Head

3037 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
3037 Sunset Blvd
90026

Barfly West '73: D. Y. W.

Raided by LAPD the week after the New Year's raid of the Black Cat Tavern

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '65-73
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1977 1981

Stud Two

3037 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
3037 Sunset Blvd
90026

Bob Damron '80: (Some Latins, SM) (D)

Attr — Los Angeles Bugle 1977; Bob Damron '80
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1969 1984

Little Cave

3111 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
3111 Sunset Blvd
90026

aka Paul's Little Cave

Gay Guide '71: (S); Barfly West '73: D. E. L. Y

Attr — The Advocate '69; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '70-75; Professional Network 1984 [map]
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1939 1968

If Club

810 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005
810 S Vermont Ave
90005

The earliest known lesbian bar. Working class, racially-mixed, butch lesbian hang out. The clientele was Black, white, and Latina, demonstrating that queer life in Los Angeles did not exist only in white and affluent areas but was also embedded in working-class communities of color. Women at these clubs developed a strong, oppositional community, with their own styles and slang; for example, butch Black women termed themselves "hard dressers." Police frequently raided the bars and arrested patrons, charging women either with "masquerading" - that is, wearing men's clothing - or prostitution.

A 1966 “Barfly” gay guide described the If Club (also known as the If Café) as, “a crowd of butch girls, men in 40s, others from area.”

Attr — Vice Versa '47; A People's Guide to Los Angeles, Pulido p.46, Bob Damron '68
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1950 1969

Open Door

831 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005
831 S Vermont Ave
90005

Crowd of butch girls, men in 40s, others from area. Working class, racially-mixed, butch lesbian hang out. The clientele was Black, white, and Latina, demonstrating that queer life in Los Angeles did not exist only in white and affluent areas but was also embedded in working-class communities of color. Women at these clubs developed a strong, oppositional community, with their own styles and slang; for example, butch Black women termed themselves "hard dressers." Police frequently raided the bars and arrested patrons, charging women either with "masquerading" - that is, wearing men's clothing - or prostitution.

Attr — Barfly '66; A People's Guide to Los Angeles, Pulido p.46
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1968 1973

Wilshire Club

674 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005
674 S Vermont Ave
90005

"Pete & Rich"; also listed L. M.

Attr — The Timely Gay Bar Guide 1970; Barfly West '73
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1982

Trex Travel Planners

3250 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
3250 Wilshire Blvd
90010

Attr — Bob Damron '82
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1973

Big Brother

1616 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007
1616 W Washington Blvd
90007

D. G.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1948 1953

Harry Hay Residence

2328 Cove Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039
2328 Cove Ave
90039

In the summer of 1948, gay activist Harry Hay clandestinely began a group called "Bachelors Anonymous" in his private Silver Lake residence. By 1950, the collective of men had become the Mattachine Society — America's first official gay organization. Mattachine inspired as a major force in the gay liberation movement, not only in Los Angeles, but throughout the country.

The primary goals of the society were to

  1. "Unify homosexuals isolated from their own kind";
  2. "Educate homosexuals and heterosexuals toward an ethical homosexual culture paralleling the cultures of the Negro, Mexican and Jewish peoples";
  3. "Lead the more socially conscious homosexual to provide leadership to the whole mass of social variants"; and
  4. "Assist gays who are victimized daily as a result of oppression".

Mattachine's membership grew slowly at first but received a major boost in February 1952 when co-founder Dale Jennings was arrested in a Los Angeles park and charged with lewd behavior. Often, men in Jennings' situation would simply plead guilty to the charge and hope to quietly rebuild their lives. Jennings and the rest of the Fifth Order saw the charges as a means to address the issue of police entrapment of homosexual men. The group began publicizing the case (under the name "Citizens Committee to Outlaw Entrapment") and the publicity it generated brought in financial support and volunteers. Jennings admitted during his trial to being a homosexual but insisted he was not guilty of the specific charge. The jury deadlocked and Mattachine declared victory.

Hay resigned from the Mattachine Society in 1953. The steps up to his house have been honored as a Los Angeles Cultural Historic Monument, cited as as a birthplace of gay rights.

Attr — Wikipedia
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1982

Marshall's Roost

574 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90004
574 N Hoover St
90004

(R) (No Booze)

Attr — Bob Damron '81
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1979

Four Queens Cafe

574 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90004
574 N Hoover St
90004

(R) (No Booze)

Attr — Gayellow Pages 1979, Bob Damron '81
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1981 1982

Lean Two

610 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90026
610 N Hoover St
90026

(R) (C) (AH)

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1965 1973

Explorer

612 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90004
612 N Hoover St
90004

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Bob Damron '65-73
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1977 1993

One Way

612 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90004
612 N Hoover St
90004

Bob Damron '80: (SM) (W) (PT) (Cruisy) (Wild back patio); Bob Damron '81-82: (Cruisy) (Some SM, W, FFA, etc) *; Bob Damron '84: * (Some SM, FFA) (DJ but no D) (Cruisy)

Home to "the-o-ret-i-cal" parties. In the center of this underground scene at the time, bands included WildKingdom, Nervous Gender, Party Boys, Fat and Fucked Up, Christian Death, Age of Consent and Red Wedding.

Raided by LAPD for overcrowding in November 1987. Patrons and community leaders suggested the bar was raided because of its "edgy" LGBTQ crowd.

Attr — Bob Damron '77-83, LA Times 25 November 1987
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1984

Animal

253 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004
253 N Vermont Ave
90004

(Some SM, W)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1983 1986

Flamingo

3626 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
3626 Sunset Blvd
90026

84: (L) (D) (Patio) *

Attr — Bob Damron '84; Data Boy '86
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1987 1989

3626

3626 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
3626 Sunset Blvd
90026

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1980 1982

Jungle

3626 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
3626 Sunset Blvd
90026

81: (Should be a winner); '82: (DJ & Patio)

Attr — Drummer, Issue 39 (1980); Bob Damron '81-82
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1989 2004

Being Alive

3626 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
3626 Sunset Blvd
90026

Mission: To end HIV infections by eliminating stigma, engaging people in wellness, removing barriers to care, and restoring dignity.

Established in 1986 by three friends, John Mohr, Ron Rose, and Rick Ewing, Being Alive was created as a response to a need for services free of red tape and bureaucratic entanglement. They saw the need for an organization made up of other people living with HIV and AIDS who would advocate for the HIV/AIDS community from the point of view of those who are infected. Today, Being Alive serves as a beacon of emotional support, treatment education, and empowerment to thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Currently open at a location in West Hollywood.

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1980 2013

El Conquistador

3701 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
3701 Sunset Blvd
90026

(M) (Mexican R)

Attr — Bob Damron '80-83
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1971

Tiffany

3260 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005
3260 W 8th St
90005

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1934 1953

Club Alabam

4215 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90011
4215 S Central Ave
90011

From the 1920s to 1950s, Central Avenue was the hub of the West Coast jazz scene. Famous the world over, “the Avenue,” as it was lovingly called, was a must visit destination for jazz lovers staying in Los Angeles. “I didn’t know where Sunset Boulevard was when I moved to L.A., but sure I knew Central,” legendary producer Quincy Jones recalled.

The Alabam was black-owned and run by bandleader Curtis Mosby, “the mayor of Central Avenue.” The club featured black entertainment for integrated audiences and was one of numerous nightclubs and theaters that flourished on Central Avenue until the early 1950s.

The Alabam hosted an annual "drag ball" that attracted a multi-racial crowd, with men wearing lipstick and dressed in gowns.

Attr — Survey LA: LGBT Historic Context Statement; Gay L.A. pp.3-4
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1982 1984

Bon Mot

4022 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90031
4022 North Figueroa Street
90031

(Latins)

Attr — Bob Damron '82, 84
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1981

Grey Fox

2375 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
2375 Glendale Blvd
90039

81: (R)

Attr — Bob Damron '81
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1983 2005

Lé Bar

2375 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
2375 Glendale Blvd
90039

84: (OC) (PT)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1984

South Fork

3470 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
3470 Wilshire Blvd
90010

(Disco) (D)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1928 1968

Dunbar Hotel

4225 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90011
4225 S Central Ave
90011

From the 1920s to 1950s, Central Avenue was the hub of the West Coast jazz scene. Famous the world over, “the Avenue,” as it was lovingly called, was a must visit destination for jazz lovers staying in Los Angeles. “I didn’t know where Sunset Boulevard was when I moved to L.A., but sure I knew Central,” legendary producer Quincy Jones recalled.

Undoubtedly the epicenter of the jazz scene in Los Angeles, the Dunbar Hotel was built in 1928 by Drs. John and Vada Sommerville (named for Paul Laurence Dunbar) as a place where black travelers could stay in style and comfort. The luxurious hotel soon attracted the likes of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, and Billie Holiday. Famed Club Alabam (featuring drag balls in the 1930's and 1940's) opened next door.

The jazz club that occupied the ground floor of the hotel featured performances showcasing male and female impersonators.

Attr — Survey LA: LGBT Historic Context pp.57
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1993 2011

Le Barcito

3909 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
3909 Sunset Blvd
90026

The Sunset Junction bar had long been a magnet for gay Latinos with Spanish-language drag shows and other events. Le Barcito is located in the Sunset Boulevard building once occupied by a previous gay bar called the Black Cat Tavern, where the LAPD arrested several men for kissing, triggering one of the nation’s first gay-right protests in 1967. In 2009, the L.A. Weekly named Le Barcito as Best Club the Black Cat Dragged In.

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1984 1993

Basgo’s Disco

3909 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
3909 Sunset Blvd
90026

Latinx dance club, known previously as The Black Cat Tavern, Tobasco, Bushwacker, and later known as Le Barcito. The bar scene from 1992 film Sister Act was filmed here.

Club Fuck! (also known as Club FUCK!) was a nightclub that officially began the summer of 1989 and was hosted by Miguel Beristain, Cliff Diller, and James Stone.

The weekly party was located at Basgo’s Disco in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. The event lasted till 1993, when it was raided by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Vice Division. Fuck! constituted a gritty liminal space oppositional to both the neighborhood’s largely men-only leather bars as well as the clean-cut bars of West Hollywood. At Fuck! the modified, pierced, and tattooed body was front and center. Scarring, mummification, and piercing were staples at Fuck!, confronting fears of contagion while revealing the temporality of the body during the height of the AIDS crisis. Performances at Fuck! were both transgressive and theatrical, pushing the limits of what the performer’s body (and audience) could endure with a spirit of play.

Notable performers at Fuck! included Bob FlanaganSheree RoseBuck AngelRon AtheyVaginal DavisJenny ShimizuDurk DehnerCatherine OpieMichele Mills.

In an April 1991 article in the LA Weekly, Fuck! was described as not simply “an existential exercise in bad attitudes,” but rather “a celebration of the primal life force amped up to overload,” with an “S&M/sexual subtext” that makes it “sociologically fascinating.”

Club Fuck was the subject of the exhibition entitled "FUCK! Loss, desire and pleasure" curated by Lucia Fabio and Toro Castaño at USC’s ONE Archives.

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1982

Bushwacker

3909 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
3909 Sunset Blvd
90026

Bob Damron '82: (W) (Looks promising)

Attr — Bob Damron '82
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1966 1967

The Black Cat Tavern

3909 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
3909 Sunset Blvd
90026

“The Black Cat was happy and hooping” before undercover police arrived and started beating patrons as they were ringing in the New Year: "There were colored balloons covering the ceiling ... and three glittering Christmas trees." Moments later, “all hell broke loose.” After arresting several patrons for kissing as they celebrated the occasion, the undercover police officers began beating several of the patrons and ultimately arrested fourteen patrons for “assault and public lewdness." The police used deliberate and excessive force during the raid to carry out explicitly homophobic state legislation that prevented queer folks from (1) kissing and/or engaging in any sexual acts, and (2) wearing clothing that did not match their socially prescribed gender role. For example, one of the patrons was aggressively beaten in the head by a cop wielding a pool cue.

This created a riot in the immediate area that expanded to include the bar across Sanborn Avenue called New Faces, where officers knocked down the owner, a woman, and beat two bartenders unconscious.

The owner of this bar, The Black Cat, which had opened in October of ‘66 – only two months earlier – had his liquor license and his entertainment license suspended. He fought for five months to get them reinstated. He lost every appeal and he eventually closed on May 21st 1967 because he had no liquor license.

Several weeks later, this police action incited a civil demonstration of 200 attendees to protest the raids on February 11, 1967. The demonstration was organized by a group called PRIDE (Personal Rights in Defense and Education) – founded by Steve Ginsberg – and the SCCRH (Southern California Council on Religion and Homophile). The protest was met by squadrons of armed policemen. It was from this event that the publication The Advocate began as a newspaper for PRIDE. Together the raid on the Black Cat Tavern and later the raid on The Patch in August 1968 inspired the formation of the Metropolitan Community Church (led by Pastor Troy Perry).

On November 7, 2008, the site was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, HCM No. 939.

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1983 1984

Tabasco's

3909 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
3909 Sunset Blvd
90026

Bob Damron '83-84: (Disco) (D) (WE*)

Became Basgo's

Attr — Bob Damron '83-84
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1980

Plaza Flowers

3920 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
3920 Sunset Blvd
90029
Attr — The Voice '80
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1999 today

Rough Trade Gear

3915 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
3915 Sunset Blvd
90029

also known as: Rough Trade Sex, Leather, and Spurs

When it first opened, it was only upstairs. Downstairs was a hair salon.

Used to also specialize in country/western gear, now leather and neoprene.

Attr — Rough Trade
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1984

Mark's

3928 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
3928 Sunset Blvd
90029

(R) *

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1965 1978

Redwood Room

3372 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005
3372 W 8th St
90005

Gay Guide '71: (S) *; Barfly West '73: E. L. M. *

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1982 1983

Halsted's

2453 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
2453 Glendale Blvd
90039

(P) ('Wild back room')

"Founded by adult film director and star Fred Halsted, he himself described it as a naked industrial space transformed into "a stand-up fuck club." The club's most distinguishing characteristic was four truck trailers that were parked in the back inside a walled yard. The club only lasted about a year; Halsted admitted that "Los Angeles did not have enough perverts" to support the club. Before it closed, he filmed there A Night at Halsted's." - Wikipedia

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The Advocate

863 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
863 N Virgil Ave
90029

Founded in 1967 by Richard Mitch as a response to the raids at the Black Cat, The Advocate grew from a small newsletter for a local gay rights group (PRIDE) to the longest-running LGBT publication in print today.

The Advocate was first published as a local newsletter by the activist group Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE) in Los Angeles. The newsletter was inspired by a police raid on a Los Angeles gay bar, the Black Cat Tavern, on January 1, 1967, and the demonstrations against police brutality in the months following that raid. Richard Mitch (using the pseudonym "Dick Michaels") and Bill Rau (under the name "Bill Rand") joined PRIDE and, along with Aristide Laurent and artist Sam Winston, transformed the newsletter into a newspaper titled The Los Angeles Advocate. The first issue bore a cover date of September 1967, and was sold for 35 cents in gay bars in Los Angeles. By early 1968, PRIDE was struggling to stay viable and Mitch and Rau paid the group one dollar for ownership of the paper in February of that year. In 1969 the newspaper was renamedThe Advocate and distributed nationally. By 1974, Mitch and Rau were printing 40,000 copies for each issue.

Uncertain how long the magazine kept its office at this address.

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1979 1992

A Different Light

4014 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4014 Santa Monica Blvd
90029

(Books)

Norman Laurila and George Leigh opened A Different Light at 4014 Santa Monica Blvd in Silver Lake 40 years ago, in October 1979. The bookstore focused on gay and lesbian literature, hosted signings and readings from LGBTQ writers, and was a cultural & social hub for the community. A Different Light opened additional locations in Greenwich Village, the Castro, and West Hollywood. The Silver Lake location closed in 1992.

At its height, the chain was one of the most influential LGBT booksellers in the United States, serving as a cultural hub and social center for LGBT people.

Talks were underway to get the Tudor-style building (originally built to house and repair Red Car system trolleys) nominated as a city historic cultural monument, but a demolition permit was pulled by the building's owner Frost/Chaddock on the same day as the talks. The building was legally demolished on Saturday, September 24, 2011.

Attr — Bob Damron '81-84; Echo Park Patch;
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1985 2016

Circus of Books

4001 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4001 Sunset Blvd
90029

Circus of Books was a bookstore and gay pornography shop owned by Karen and Barry Mason, with locations in West Hollywood and Silver lake. As notable Los Angeles gay cruising spots of the late 20th Century, both locations are now considered important sites of Los Angeles' gay history.

A documentary on the store, filmed by the Masons' daughter Rachel Mason, is in production.

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1962 1967

New Faces

4001 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4001 Sunset Blvd
90029

In 1962, Alexei Romanoff was bartending at the Hy Spot, when he was approached by straight businesswoman Lee Roy. She wanted to partner with him to open a gay bar called the New Faces, on the site that became Circus of Books, located just down the street from The Black Cat. He said, "If I can remember right it [we painted it] black inside and our logo was the masks of Comedy and Tragedy." Romanoff was half-owner of the New Faces for the first few years of its existence, but he had a disagreement with Lee Roy and sold his share to her.

During the 1967 New Year's police raid at The Black Cat, “The police officers got to the New Faces, which was not supposed to be raided that night, entered and said, ‘Who owns the bar?’ There was a bar manager and a bartender. The bartender was behind the bar [and] the bar manager said, ‘It’s Lee Roy.’ She was in a gown, because it was New Year’s Eve. They thought it was a man in drag, because the name was Lee Roy. So they tackled her, broke her collarbone, beat her up, left her in a bloody mess on the sidewalk in front of the New Faces after they realized it was really a woman. They just left her there. They attacked the bar manager [and] the bartender started yelling. They grabbed him, pulled him over the bar, stomped on him, kicked him, they ruptured his spleen, broke his jaw and his skull, and he was completely bruised. They arrested the bartender and the bar manager plus 14 that were in [The Black Cat].”

“Then what the police did was this: Between January 2nd and January 20th, they staked out the New Faces and had police officers going in and out every night. They scared all the customers away and the bar closed on Jan. 21, 1967. So after five years the New Faces was closed down."

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1972 1983

Blu Nunn

4022 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4022 Santa Monica Blvd
90029

Barfly West '70: F; Bob Damron '72-83: (Breakfast & Lunch)

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1971 1975

Sunset East

4007 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4007 Sunset Blvd
90029

Also listed as Sunset East Showbar

E. M.

Attr — H.E.L.P. Newsletter '71; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Vector '75
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1967 1971

Joker

4007 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4007 Sunset Blvd
90029

E. M.

Attr — Advocate Dec 1967; H.E.L.P. Newsletter '71; Gay Guide '71; Bob Damron '69-71
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1971 1973

Gay'm

4007 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4007 Sunset Blvd
90029

E. M.

Attr — H.E.L.P. Newsletter '71; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73
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1966 1984

Tyke's

4306 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90065
4306 N Figueroa St
90065

aka Tyk's

Bob Damron: M, R (OC)

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '66-84
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1983 1984

Mary's Place

4114 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4114 Santa Monica Blvd
90029

(R) (AH) (M)

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1983 1984

Sushi Fune

3820 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
3820 Fountain Ave
90029

(M) (Japanese) (R)

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1968 1972

Shed

4219 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4219 Santa Monica Blvd
90029
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1983 2005

The Gauntlet II

4219 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4219 Santa Monica Blvd
90029

Gauntlet II was a major stronghold of the Los Angeles Leather Community for 22 years, and the bar's history goes back even further. Gauntlet I was formed in the late 1960's by Dale Habberstad and business partner Zack, and was located on Highland Blvd. in Hollywood. Around 1969, they closed the doors and moved on to other endeavors.

In 1984, the original founders wanted to reopen the Gauntlet. They purchased the property in Silver Lake where the Eagle LA stands today. Prior to this, the location had served as home to many gay bars since 1972 and was best known as The Outcast, just before it became Gauntlet II.

One club night that popularly featured queercore bands in the 90s was the "The Freak Show" at the Gauntlet II. Edward Hibbs, aka Gogo-Eddie emceeed and hosted events such as The Freak Show, which featured local queercore bands like Best Revenge, IAMLOVED, and Nick Name and The Normals (aka Kent James). Best Revenge, a popular LA queercore band and regulars at The Freak Show, was formed by Ryan Revenge (vocals/guitar) and KT (bass/vocals) in 1998.

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The Eagle

4219 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4219 Santa Monica Blvd
90029

The current location of Eagle LA has served as home to many gay bars over the years dating back 44 years. It was known as the Shed from 1968-1972  The Outcast from 1972-1983,  the famous Gauntlet II from 1983-2005, then later, Eagle LA.

Gauntlet II was in operation for 21 years. Then, in the summer of 2005 Charlie and business partner Vince decided to buy the bar with the intention of making a name change. In April 2006, Eagle LA was born, or, reborn as it may be. There was an original Eagle LA located in West Hollywood at the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Fairfax. It operated for 15 years and closed in 1995. Although that Eagle is of no relation to Charlie or Vince, they are proud to reestablish the Eagle LA and become the latest in a long line of Eagle bars in cities throughout the US and around the world. It has always been their mission to uphold the Leather/Uniform/Fetish traditions set forth by the infamous Eagle name and that traditions still holds true today.

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1997 2001

Exxile

1800 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles CA 90027
1800 Hyperion Ave
90027

Private Men's club, replacing King of Hearts. “Exile was kind of like a Costco, where you paid a fee to join.”

Attr — 27 Oct 1997, LA Times
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1981

Swap Meat

1800 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1800 Hyperion Ave
90027

Wild back room

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1980

1800 Hyperion

1800 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1800 Hyperion Ave
90027

Wild back room

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1984 1996

King of Hearts

1800 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1800 Hyperion Ave
90027

84: (F S) (WE*)

The uproar over Basic Plumbing spilled over to King of Hearts, which had operated illegally for years just down the street in relative obscurity. Cited by the city and told they too would encounter neighborhood opposition if they sought a variance, the new owners closed King of Hearts last summer.

Attr — 27 October 1997, LA Times
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1982

1800 Club

1800 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1800 Hyperion Ave
90027

Wild back room

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1974 1997

Detour

4100 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4100 Sunset Blvd
90029

Damron '80: (Some W, SM) (PT) (Liquor) (Cruisy) & leather, Levi, and Western cruise bar for men; Damron '82: * (C&W) (DJ & live bands) (Cruisy)

"My favorite tavern was the Detour, the easier pickup place right now…Boots in pairs are suspended by their laces from the slats over the bar. In one corner hangs a glass ball in which the silhouette of a stagecoach slowly revolves. In the very back is a pool table. There is no room for playing a game since shirtless, sweating men, standing four deep, are boogying in place and sniffing poppers to the disco music." - Edmund White “States of Desire"

Sometimes listed as 1087 Manzanita

Attr — 25 Dec 1974 Contact; Bob Damron '75-83
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1968 1971

The Place

1087 Manzanita, Los Angeles, CA 90029
1087 Manzanita
90029

also listed as Connies 'The Place'

Attr — Magpie 3-68; H.E.L.P. Newsletter '71; Gay Guide '71
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1973

Leather Horse

4100 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4100 Sunset Blvd
90029

Barfly '73: A. W. *

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1969 1988

Stud

4216 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4216 Melrose Ave
90029

80-81: (some W, SM, FFA) back patio; '82-84: (Patio) (Some B, OC, SM) *

Levi/leather cruise bar

Attr — Bob Damron '72-84
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1994 today

Faultline

4216 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4216 Melrose Ave
90029

Faultline opened the same year as the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. This Silver Lake institution features a large outdoor patio, an indoor lounge and two bars. Before it was Faultline, it was home to The Stud and Griff’s. Faultline underwent a major expansion in 2004, which added the large, enclosed outdoor patio.

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1988

Zone

4216 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4216 Melrose Ave
90029

Open for 6 months

Attr — LA Leather History Timeline
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1989 1993

Griff's

4216 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4216 Melrose Ave
90029

Leather bar

Attr — LA Leather History Timeline
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1973 1983

Outcast

4219 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4219 Santa Monica Blvd
90029

Barfly West '73: A. W. *; Damron '73-83: (W) (SM) (some FFA) (Also C - AH) Enter through parking lot

Attr — Barfly West '73, Bob Damron '73-83
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1972

Don's Male Box

1087 Manzanita St, Los Angeles, CA 90029
1087 Manzanita St
90029

Related to MB Club

Attr — Bob Damron '72
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1974

M/B Club

1087 Manzanita St, Los Angeles, CA 90029
1087 Manzanita St
90029

Listed at 4100 Sunset in Bob Damron

Also listed as Don's Male Box

A. C. K. P. *

Attr — Bob Damron '74
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1993 2001

Basic Plumbing

1924 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1924 Hyperion Ave
90027

"Dry Bath" private club.

"Lee Struwe says he and his partner, Hosea Cobb, opened Basic Plumbing in 1993. They chose the spot because it was “basically a gay area,” he said. “Location is very important.”

Cited for zoning violations in 1995, Struwe and Cobb have been embroiled in a heated battle the past year.

Neighbors blamed Basic Plumbing patrons for cruising problems that turned their streets and yards into a late-night arena of drug use and public sex. They staged a well-organized campaign against the club’s application for a variance and won."

Attr — 27 Oct 1997, LA Times
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1962 today

Casita del Campo

1920 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1920 Hyperion Ave
90027

(M) (Mexican) (R)

Casita also houses the Cavern Club Theater, an alternative performance space with frequent LGBTQ programming.

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1980 1982

Pure Trash

1903 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1903 Hyperion Ave
90027

Bob Damron '80-82: (2 "trashy" floors, johns) (Some W, SM) (PT) "Put a little trash in your life, but make it...Pure Trash"

"Music is a mix of new wave and progressive disco" - The Voice

Went out of business due to neighbor complaints

Attr — Bob Damron '80-82; 5 Sept 1985 LA Times; 28 March 1980 The Voice
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1976 1984

Frog Pond

2106 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90027
2106 Hyperion Ave
90027

(R) *

In 1980,  a fire bomb was thrown into the Frog Pond, a Hyperion Avenue gay restaurant and cabaret, by a suspect who yelled "Die faggots!” The blast injured 3 people. The primarily gay Sunset Junction Neighborhood Alliance was formed as a result, in order to help ease neighborhood tensions.

Bob White, the politically active owner of the Frog Pond restaurant, committed suicide in May 1985 amid mounting financial and personal problems. White’s partner and longtime companion Art Fredette had died of cancer four months earlier.

Attr — Bob Damron '77-83
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1981 2001

Cuffs

1941 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1941 Hyperion Ave
90027

Bob Damron '83: (SM) (AH-WE) *

Cuffs opened in 1981 at height of the Silver Lake leather scene and stayed open until the early Aughts. Situated along the Hyperion Avenue strip among fellow institutions like Basic Plumbing and Pure Trash, the small beer bar had a reputation for being dark and crowded in a manner that fostered a certain degree of camaraderie among its patrons. As the AIDS crisis unfolded and more overtly sexual spaces closed, Cuffs persisted as a laid-back, sleazy hangout. The space was stripped down, with black walls, red lighting and minimal decor. The music was similarly dark and punk/industrial. Sex hung in Cuffs gloom with it reportedly so dark that whoever entered from outside was blind for a moment before their eyes could adjust. This feature enabled patrons to size-up recent arrivals and zip-up if they appeared to be the vice squad.

Attr — Bob Damron '84, Dirty Looks
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1962 1971

Hy Spot

1941 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1941 Hyperion Ave
90027

Gay Guide '71: no sign-- illuminated facade.

"Now this place is a riot. (That was a bad word to use) What we mean is that this joint jumps. You can almost tell by the stuttering in the mad,mad,mad... Both Wally and Woody are the kind of guys that you would like to be around, never a dull moment."

Alexei Romanoff, who went on to open New Faces, and helped organize the protest against the raids at the Black Cat Tavern, was a bartender here in 1962.

A gay bar has been in this location since 1964, until Cuffs closed in 2001.

Attr — Directory '64; Gay Guide '71; Bob Damron '65-71; 20 July 1964, Citizens News
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1971 1975

Shingle Shack

1941 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1941 Hyperion Ave
90027

H.E.L.P. Newsletter 5-15-71; Barfly West '73: M. Y.; Gay Guide 1975

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1980 1982

Hyperion Lumber Co.

1941 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1941 Hyperion Ave
90027

Also known as Lumber Yard

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82; Drummer Issue 39 (1980)
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1978 1980

Wrangler's

1941 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1941 Hyperion Ave
90027

also listed as Jack Wrangler's, after adult film star Jack Wrangler

Bob Damron: (Some W, SM) (PT)

Attr — Bob Damron '79-80
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1977 1978

Headquarters

1941 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1941 Hyperion Ave
90027
Attr — Bob Damron '77-78
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1981 1986

Health Works

2114 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
2114 Hyperion Ave
90027

Bob Damron: (Baths - Both sexes*)

Billed itself as “L.A.'s only co-sexual bath club.” Owned by Steve Downard

Attr — Bob Damron '83-84; LA Times 27 Feb 1986
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1966 1981

Hyperion Baths

2114 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
2114 Hyperion Ave
90027

also listed as Hyperion Health Club

Barfly West '73: B. C; Bob Damron: (Baths) (Good days) L.A.'s busiest daytime baths, not plush but very active, "For Everyone"

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '66-82
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1965 1971

Ark

4519 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4519 Santa Monica Blvd
90029

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Bob Damron '65-71
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1972 1983

Bunk House

4519 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4519 Santa Monica Blvd
90029

Also known as Bunkhouse

Bob Damron: (W) (PT)

Attr — Bob Damron '72-83
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1980 1984

Zoo

4322 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4322 Melrose Ave
90029

(R) (Sun. brunch) (Liquor) *

Fetish Club Saturdays

Attr — Bob Damron '81-84
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1982

Kitchen Stuff

704 N Heliotrope Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90029
704 N Heliotrope Dr
90029

Attr — Bob Damron '82
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1976 1984

The Leather Game

708 N Heliotrope Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90029
708 N Heliotrope Dr
90029

(Leather, clothes, toys, uniforms, etc.)

Attr — Bob Damron '82
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1983 1984

Heliotrope House

707 N Heliotrope Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90029
707 N Heliotrope Dr
90029

(Seafood-R)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1975 1978

Mark IV Baths

4424 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4424 Melrose Ave
90029

on April 10, 1976, the Los Angeles Police Department staged a massive raid on a leather-community fundraiser at the Mark IV Baths. The event offered consenting SM enthusiasts who agreed to be auctioned for role-playing as slaves, with proceeds from the winning bids going to the Los Angeles Gay Community Services Center and other gay charities.

Deploying helicopters, buses and dozens of cops — and bringing along television news crews — the LAPD invaded the gathering. Nearly 400 people were detained and 42 were arrested, including John Embry, the publisher of the leather magazine Drummer, and the first "Mr. Drummer" title-holder, Val Martin, who served as auctioneer. The police released public statements claiming they had halted an actual slave auction and describing the participants as dangerous perverts.

Val Martin later recalled, "We repeated many times what the [playful and charitable] purpose of the auction was. They made us lay on the ground, hands on our necks. They treated us like animals.... They were taking pictures, calling us names."

Ultimately, the district attorney charged only four of the participants, changing the violation from "slave dealing" to "prostitution." All received fines and community service. The homophobia displayed by the LAPD drew strong condemnation from gay leaders and the gay media — and the ACLU later dubbed the raid "one of the more blatant landmarks in the history of police paranoia with regards to the gay community."

Longtime activist Jim Fouratt, who was living in Los Angeles at the time, recalls that the event itself also drew criticism from some gay activists: "Yes, the participants were all consensual, but there was outrage from progressive gay people in the LA lesbian and gay community at the idea of a slave auction as both entertainment and as a fundraiser. I remember being active with the Lavender and Red Union and we spoke out against the racial insensitivity."

Attr — Bob Damron '76-78
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1973 1975

4424

4424 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4424 Melrose Ave
90029

Barfly West '73: B. C. P. W. Y.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1979 1984

Club Los Angeles Baths

4424 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4424 Melrose Ave
90029

Bob Damron '81: (P) *; Bob Damron '82, 84: (P) (YC) *

Attr — Bob Damron '79-84; Drummer Magazine, Issue 39 (1980)
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1990 today

Flex Spa

4424 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4424 Melrose Ave
90029

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1996 1997

Barracks

4621 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4621 Santa Monica Blvd
90029

Took over from the longstanding Meat Rack. Despite a long embroiled battle with neighbors, advocacy from City Councilwoman Jackie Goldberg helped the sex club win a variance to continue operating in 1997. However, nine days after, Mayor Riordan overruled the variance. The sex club was converted into a secondhand clothing store.

Attr — Los Angeles Magazine Mar 1998
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1976 1996

Meat Rack

4621 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4621 Santa Monica Blvd
90029

Bob Damron '80-84: (P) ("wild back room")

Attr — Bob Damron '80-84
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1983 1996

Joly's #2

4356 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4356 Sunset Blvd
90029

Piano Bar

Also written as "Jolie's #2"

According to Alexander (co-owner of Akbar), Jolie's 2 looked like "Navajo white and cigarette stains," with vertical blinds, lots of mirrors and hanging fake plants. One of the things he remembers about first entering the bar was the distinct smell he noticed emanating from the piano in the back, where the jukebox and couches were (and still are) located.

“It was a little baby grand piano that smelled of booze and cigarettes, and the keys were slightly out of place,” he recalls.

Attr — LA Weekly
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1976 1983

Silver Dollar Saloon (Downstairs)

4356 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4356 Sunset Blvd
90029

Always busy - known as the city's most FRIENDLY and FUN bar. Always SPECIAL EVENTS! A must for LA-Hollywood visitors. (Below Silver Saddle Spa)

Attr — Bob Damron '76-83; SCGBA 1986
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1975 1982

Silver Saddle Spa (Upstairs)

4356 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4356 Sunset Blvd
90029

(Baths) "Open 24 hours, Western style - unique and different. Very popular. In and out privileges to Silver Dollar Saloon downstairs"

Attr — Bob Damron '75-82
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1996 today

Akbar

4356 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4356 Sunset Blvd
90029

First opening on New Year's Eve 1996, co-owner Scott Craig describes Akbar as a “neighborhood bar and clubhouse with a proud rainbow flag in front.” Opening right after the AIDS epidemic was at its most brutal force, the owners felt that, at the time, the stigmas and fear in place meant more isolation for the gay community, but they wanted to change that. “There were bars in the neighborhood, there were gay bars in the neighborhood, there were straight bars, but there was not a bar where us and our mix of friends, which are straight and gay, could go together. So we decided to open a bar for us,” says co-owner Peter Alexander.

In 1995, after consulting with quite a few friends who told him what it was like to own a bar, Craig walked into Joly’s #2, an old gay piano bar at the corner of Sunset and Fountain. Both the bar and the piano inside it were on their last legs.

“I went in and went up to the owner of Joly’s #2, and he offered me a figure and I accepted,” says Craig.

On Dec. 12, 1995, Craig got the keys to the place. One of the things he remembers about first entering the bar was the distinct smell he noticed emanating from the piano in the back, where the jukebox and couches were (and still are) located.

“It was a little baby grand piano that smelled of booze and cigarettes, and the keys were slightly out of place,” he recalls.

In 2004, the entire building went up for sale. Craig and Alexander decided to buy it, lest someone eventually price them out of the neighborhood. Once they had the building, they busted through the wall of the adjacent clothing store, where a dance floor had been in a previous iteration known as the Silver Dollar Saloon. During this renovation, they found it odd that the pipes they were uncovering were particularly large. They later discovered the upstairs had been a bathhouse called the Silver Saddle, and the pipes were so big because they were supporting steam rooms and other amenities.

Attr — LA Weekly
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1981 1984

New York Company

2470 Fletcher Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90039
2470 Fletcher Dr
90039

Bob Damron '82, 84: (R) (Very New York*)

Attr — Bob Damron '81-84
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1980 1982

Perfect Pattie Cafe

4348 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4348 Fountain Ave
90029

(R)

Attr — Bob Damron '80-82
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1955 1965

The Gaiety

784 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005
784 S Western Ave
90005

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1962 1983

ONE Inc.

2256 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
2256 Venice Blvd
90006

ONE Inc. was the umbrella organization that contained ONE Magazine, the ONE Institute, and ONE Archives.

1962: ONE Inc. moves to 2256 Venice Boulevard.

1967: ONE Magazine ceases publication.

1975: Jim Kepner’s personal archive is named the Western Gay Archives.

1979: The Western Gay Archives is renamed the National Gay Archives: Natalie Barney/Edward Carpenter Library, and moves to 1654 North Hudson Avenue in Hollywood.

1981: ONE Institute becomes the first institution of higher learning in the United States to offer masters and doctoral degrees in Homophile Studies.

1983: ONE Inc. moves into the Milbank Estate at 3340 Country Club Drive purchased by philanthropist Reed Erickson. Soon after, for reasons uncertain, Erickson seeks to have ONE removed from the estate.

Attr — ONE Archives; White, C. Todd, Pre-Gay L.A.: A Social History of the Movement for Homosexual Rights pp.111
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1977 2004

MB Club

4550 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4550 Melrose Ave
90029

Bob Damron: (P) (No booze - "wild back room") (F S)

"MB Club closed its doors on Sunday, January 11th,  2004. This was mostly a local haunt for those of us on the Eastside, downtown, Hollywood, & points east of the LA River.

Most of the members were friendly, laid back "Silver Lake" types wearing 501 Levi's, white T or A-shirts with occasional leather jackets & boots. Don't let the clothes fool you since many of the members were professionals during the day.

There was a common room set up as a bar, but with no alcohol license there were only sodas & water.  The person manning the entry also was the bar-t.  One of them, Mike of Highland Park, was always the consummate host who was warm & caring to his customers. Heating up jiffy pop & offering it to his customers, he always made it a point to be the interested listener which endeared him to the members. Such great people skills.

The Paterfamilias, Don founder & owner, passed away apparently a few years after the closing.  This is before my time, but the MB Club was originally in Silverlake somewhere near the now defunct Stud on Sunset & Manzanita.

Great place to meet people from all types of backgrounds, ethnicities, socioeconomics reflecting the diversity that is LA. I really miss this small brick facade low slung one story building which allowed all of us to mix in fraternal harmony.

PS  Greg J., if you ever read this, thanks for going out of your way to help me out on occasion." - Gary I., Yelp

Attr — Bob Damron '77-84
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1979 1981

Eatin High

4501 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4501 Fountain Ave
90029

(L) (R)

Attr — Bob Damron '81, 84
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1973 1975

Florentine Room

4579 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4579 Melrose Ave
90029

A. F. L. M. *

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1980 today

Body Builders

2516 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
2516 Hyperion Ave
90027

(Gym) *

Attr — Bob Damron '81-83
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1977 2016

El Chavo

4441 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
4441 Sunset Blvd
90027

(M) (Mexican R)

Attr — Bob Damron '77-83
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1997 2012

The Other Side / Flying Leap Cafe

2538 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
2538 Hyperion Ave
90027

Was considered L.A.'s last gay piano bar. Over the years it went through many iterations and names, among them Patino’s and Toy Tiger. It became The Other Side in the late 1990s when it was bought by Paul Hargis. The bar’s basic makeup remained through the different ownerships: the driveway that led under the building and to a back parking lot; the hidden staircase from the parking lot to the entrance; the piano at one end of the room.

Subject of Jane Cantillon's documentary "The Other Side: A Queer History's Last Call"

Attr — LA Weekly
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1971 1973

Patino's Lounge

2538 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
2538 Hyperion Ave
90027

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Bob Damron '71-73
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1973 1983

Toy Tiger

2538 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
2538 Hyperion Ave
90027

Barfly West '73: E. L. M. *; Bob Damron '74-83: (R) (E) (OC)

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '74-83
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1972 1974

Hollywood Music Center

4658 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4658 Melrose Ave
90029

A. D. E. Y. *

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '72-74
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1960 1985

Vista Theater

4473 Sunset Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
4473 Sunset Dr
90027

Opened in 1923. The Vista was a porno house for about 20 of its 62 years, moving from soft-core to hard-core and finally gay porn until it was refurbished for revivals in 1980 by the San Francisco-based Thomas Theaters chain, which subsequently sold it to Landmark.

Hosted the first Outfest Festivals 1982-1985. Still open today, but not specifically LGBTQ.

Attr — Bob Damron '81
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1980 1984

Zen

2609 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
2609 Hyperion Ave
90027

(M) (Japanese R) *

Attr — Bob Damron '81-83
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1982 1983

J.R.'s

1512 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1512 Hillhurst Ave
90027

Attr — Bob Damron '82-83
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1984

Stonewall West

1512 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1512 Hillhurst Ave
90027

Attr — Bob Damron '84; Data-boy 354-84
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1982 1984

Pernell Travel

2617 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
2617 Hyperion Ave
90027

Attr — Bob Damron '82-84
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1948 1987

Joly's

117 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004
117 S Western Ave
90004

Also listed as Joli's Pub, Joly's Pub

Barfly West '73: L. M.; Bob Damron: (OC) (WE)

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '65-83
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1977 1978

Ah Men

2716 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
2716 Hyperion Ave
90027

Gay Men's Clothing

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1971 1984

Liberation House

1168 N Edgemont St, Los Angeles, CA 90029
1168 N Edgemont St
90029

The GCSC opened the initial "Liberation House," the nation's first facility for homeless gay adults and youth. This would be followed later that year by four additional "Liberation Houses" (one exclusively for female adults and youth), a fifth free overnight "crash pad" for up to 12 men and women. A sixth, opened in 1972, was co-ed.

Attr — SurveyLA's LGBT Historic Context Statement
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1984 2014

MJ's

2810 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
2810 Hyperion Ave
90027

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1971 1984

Woody's Hyperion Lounge

2810 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
2810 Hyperion Ave
90027

Barfly West '73: F. L. M. *; Bob Damron '72-83: (Some OC) (PT) (R) (Lunch)

Listed as The Pink in Barfly West '73

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '72-83
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1982 1988

Mac's

2801 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
2801 Hyperion Ave
90027

(Baths)

The private rooms at Mac’s Bathhouse in Silver Lake are a hot ticket on Saturday nights. Well-dressed men with gym bags start arriving at the labyrinth-like club before sunset, and by early evening a “No Vacancy” sign dangles beneath a stern AIDS warning posted on the cashier’s window, signaling that the 50 personal cubicles are taken.

Those who come later are forced to accept semi-private accommodations. As they trade their street clothes for towels and settle into bunk beds, steam rooms and each other’s arms, a gay pornographic movie plays silently on a television and an empty Jacuzzi burbles near the rounded walkway known as the tunnel of love.

Was ordered to close in 1988 in a new enforcement of stringent regulations restricting sexual activity at gay bathhouses.

Attr — Bob Damron '82-83, 26 Jan 1988 LA Times; 10 May 1988 LA Times
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1983 1988

ONE, Inc.

3340 Country Club Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90019
3340 Country Club Dr
90019

1983: ONE Inc. moves into the Milbank Estate at 3340 Country Club Drive purchased by philanthropist Reed Erickson. Soon after, for reasons uncertain, Erickson seeks to have ONE removed from the estate.

1984: The National Gay Archives is renamed the International Gay & Lesbian Archives (IGLA).

1988: IGLA moves to a space owned by the City of West Hollywood at 626 North Robertson Boulevard (the current location of the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum).

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1980 1981

Castle Hill

4857 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
4857 Melrose Ave
90029

(R) (Cl. Monday)

Attr — The Voice '80; Bob Damron '81
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1981 1984

55 Club

715 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
715 N Western Ave
90029

(RT) (Latins)

Attr — Bob Damron '82
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1973 1979

Plush Pony

5261 Alhambra Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90032
5261 Alhambra Ave
90032

D. E. F. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1965 1986

Ken's River Club

3153 Riverside Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
3153 Riverside Dr
90027

Barfly West '73: D. L. M.; Bob Damron '80-82: (D) (some Orientals); Bob Damron '84: (Disco) (D) * (Some Latins)

Ken’s River Club, on Riverside in Silver Lake, was the gay spot shared by Latinos and Asians during the 1970s. Pervasive racism in West Hollywood boosted bars in Hollywood and Silver Lake that catered to gay people of color, including the Study at Western and Sunset, and Mugi’s on Hollywood Boulevard.

"Closeted Chicano males, even those who 'passed,' in barrio gangs felt constrained to seek refuge in the 1970's in gay bars that were at least a few miles away from home, such as Ken's River Club."

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '65-84, Gay L.A. pp. 286
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1977 1980

Dock

3146 Riverside Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
3146 Riverside Dr
90027

(D) (PT) (C - AH - til 4 or 5am)

Attr — Bob Damron '80
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1971 1972

Honeybucket

5071 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
5071 Melrose Ave
90038

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1970 1984

Gents' Turkish Baths

4550 Brooklyn Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90063
4550 Brooklyn Ave
90063

Barfly West '73: B. C. P.; Bob Damron: (M) (Latins)

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '70-72, '82-84
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2019 today

A Love Bizarre

3042 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
3042 Glendale Blvd
90039

A Love Bizarre is an art gallery and marketplace, featuring the modern metaphysical goods of Suzy Mae’s Neon Altar, and the queer-focused fine art gallery and gift shop of Nathan Rapport.

A Love Bizarre offers inspired metaphysical goods and queer-made products from over 60 independent creators.

Originally opened in the back of Bar Franca in DTLA February 14, 2019. Reopened in Atwater Village space in August, 2019.

Attr — https://www.alovebizarre.store/about
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1971 1985

Feminist Women's Health Center

746 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90005
746 Crenshaw Blvd
90005

The first self-help health clinic in the country, founded by Lorraine Rothman and Carol Downer. Raided by the LAPD in 1972 for practicing medicine without a license.

Attr — SurveyLA LGBT Historic Context Statment; Feminist Women's Health Center
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1950 1970

The Windup

5124 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004
5124 Melrose Ave
90004

From a 21st-century perspective, 1950s bar owner Helen Branson wasn't particularly progressive. The 60-something matron barred "the obvious homosexual" from her modest tavern, strongly preferred patrons who could pass for straight, and didn't allow sexual touching. But the onetime palm reader's spunky memoir about running a gay bar on a crime-prone stretch of L.A.'s Melrose Avenue, first published in 1957, is filled with warm affection for "my boys" and with an uncommon understanding of (and sympathy for) gays, at a time when California law prohibited "inverts" from gathering in bars, and vice squad entrapment of "deviates" was commonplace.

Attr — Gay Bar: The Fabulous, True Story of a Daring Woman and Her Boys in the 1950s by Will Fellows, Helen P. Branson
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1981 1984

Chatterton's Book Store

1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1818 N Vermont Ave
90027

(M)

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82, 84
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1981 1983

Tom's Cafe

5155 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
5155 Melrose Ave
90038

(R) (Take own wine)

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82
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1973

Stardust

1023 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
1023 N Western Ave
90029

M

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1971 1976

Mario's Last Call Saloon

5471 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
5471 Santa Monica Blvd
90029

M

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73, Bob Damron '71-'76
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1982

Hollywood Blvd. Motel

1650 N Alexandria Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1650 N Alexandria Ave
90027

(M) (H)

Attr — Bob Damron '82
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1974 1984

Cypress Baths

5291 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
5291 Fountain Ave
90029

B. C.

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82, 84
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1967 1974

Gemini Baths

5291 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
5291 Fountain Ave
90029

"Sundeck, private rooms, rock steam. Men."

Attr — Los Angeles Free Press December 1-7, 1967; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73
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1984

Tuna Sushi

5125 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
5125 Sunset Blvd
90027

(M) (Japanese) (A)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1974

Tiger Club Baths

3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
3219 Glendale Blvd
90039

More info
1968 1973

Atwater Steam Baths

3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
3219 Glendale Blvd
90039

B. C. P.

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '68-73
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1984

Faces

5520 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
5520 Santa Monica Blvd
90038

Bob Damron: (Some Latins, Orientals) (Liquor)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1981 1984

55 Club

5513 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
5513 Santa Monica Blvd
90038

(RT) (Latins)

Incorrectly listed as 5510 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Attr — Bob Damron '81
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1970 1972

The Women's Center

1027 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
1027 Crenshaw Blvd
90019

Also known as Women's Liberation Center or the Crenshaw Women's Center.

Services included psychological, job, and abortion counseling, a suicide hotline for lesbians, a volunteer switchboard and a small bookstore (which morphed into Sisterhood). Raided by the LAPD in 1972 for practicing medicine without a license. 

Attr — Survey LA: LGBT Historic Context Statement pp.71; Constructive Feminism: Women's Spaces and Women's Rights in the American City, Daphne Spain
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1973 1979

Turkish Bath

5524 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
5524 Santa Monica Blvd
90038

Barfly West '73: B. C. P. "Come to where they all hang out!"; Bob Damron: (P) (Baths) (Some SM) (FFA)

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '73-79
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1979 1983

Manspace

5524 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
5524 Santa Monica Blvd
90038

Barfly West '73: B. C. P. "Come to where they all hang out!"

Bob Damron '81-83: (P) (Baths) (Some SM) (FFA)

Second floor of a dilapidated row of shops. Nicknamed "Slip n Slide" because of all the Crisco that had melted into the floorboards. Reportedly burned down.

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '81-83; Cohen, Jon, Shots in the Dark: The Wayward Search for an AIDS Vaccine pp. 201
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1973

Corkey's

5410 Valley Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90032
5410 Valley Blvd
90032

M

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1979 1984

Club Horizon

3416 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018
3416 W Washington Blvd
90018

(B) (RT)

Attr — Bob Damron '80-82, 84
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1984

Rest Area

1170 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
1170 N Western Ave
90029

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1972 1983

1170 Club

1170 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
1170 N Western Ave
90029

(also listed as Eleven Seventy Club)

Barfly West '73: W. M.; Bob Damron '80: (SM) (PT) Leather shop upstairs; Bob Damron '81-83: (The Orbit) (SM) (PT) (Beer only - use rear entrance - leather shop upstairs)

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '73-83
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1990 2009

Blacklite

1159 N Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029
1159 N Western Avenue
90029

A notorious hangout for cross-dressers living on the edge.

"Transexuals (some working, some cooling their high heels), day laborers, gays seeking refuge from the mainstream fey bars and assorted lost souls mixed and mingled, boozed and cruised."

Listed in The "People Power" Love - Lust Superbook: Book 29. Transgender Guide by Tony Kelbrat

Attr — 08 Oct 1998, "Scary Bars," LA Times; Yelp
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1976 1984

Leather by Leather

5542 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
5542 Santa Monica Blvd
90038

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82, 84
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1969 1974

Seventh Circle

704 N Van Ness Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
704 N Van Ness Ave
90038

D. G.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1973 2015

Jewel's Catch One

4067 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
4067 W Pico Blvd
90019

(B) (Disco) (D) (PT)

Opened in 1973, Jewel's Catch One was one of the first black discos in the United States and it was the longest running black gay dance bar in Los Angeles. Catch One was for people of color when they were often unwelcome at other places, such as Studio One, a prominent disco with problematic ID policies. The club was owned by a black lesbian named Jewel Thais-Williams, and as such it was sometimes referred to as Jewel’s Catch One. Clientele engagement was big at Catch; they had their own magazine that included lists of popular music, matchmaking services, classifieds, and a myriad of events, which included happy hours, theme parties, boys’ nights, girls’ nights, fundraisers and pageants, among others. What Catch left behind suggests its importance as a socially-conscious institution with something for everyone.

To honor her contributions to the LGBT community, Thais-Williams was appointed the Grand Marshall of the 2016 Los Angeles Pride Festival.

Jewel's Catch One was the subject of a recent documentary.

Attr — Bob Damron '77-85; SurveyLA: LGBT Historic Context Statement, ONE / USC, Wikipedia
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1969 1974

Seventh Circle

740 N Van Ness Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
740 N Van Ness Ave
90038

(G)

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1975 1980

Hollywood Century Theatre

5115 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
5115 Hollywood Blvd
90027

Hollywood's Only Exclusive Male Cinema

Attr — Bob Damron '75-80
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1984

Michael's

4500 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
4500 Los Feliz Blvd
90027

(M) (R)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1973 1974

Big John

5150 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
5150 Hollywood Blvd
90027

M

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1972 1974

Zachary

5414 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
5414 Melrose Ave
90038

F. L. M. "For NOW people with a FUN staff at the IN place"

Cocktails, continuous piano bar, entertainment. Dinner, Sunday Brunch

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '72-74
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1980 1984

Mugi

5221 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
5221 Hollywood Blvd
90027

(M) (Japanese R)

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82, 84
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1982

Persian Cowboy

5229 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
5229 Hollywood Blvd
90027

(R) (Looks promising)

Attr — Bob Damron '82
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1972 1973

Sunset's Club

5521 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
5521 Sunset Blvd
90028

E. G.

Attr — Action '72; Barfly West '73
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1969 1973

Arena

5574 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
5574 Melrose Ave
90038

Became Griff's

Attr — Magpie '69; Gay Guide '71; Bob Damron '70-72; Barfly '73
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1973 1984

Griff's

5574 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
5574 Melrose Ave
90038

Barfly West '73: M.L.; Bob Damron '81: (SM) (W) (Police problems have brought out the worst in "his" easily flappable, highly inflammable majesty); Bob Damron '82-84: (SM, W) (WE*)

Griff’s was owned by Griff Griffin, a member of the gay motorcycle club Satyrs MC. He died in 1993.

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '74-84
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1968 1971

Rev. Troy Perry's Home / Metropolitan Community Church

6205 Miles Ave, Huntington Park, CA 90255
6205 Miles Ave
90255

Founded by Reverend Troy Perry in 1968, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) is the oldest continuously operating LGBTQ ministry in the world.

Trained as a Pentecostal minister, Reverend Perry left the church in the early 1960s after parish leadership learned he was gay and excommunicated him. Events in his personal life moved him to return to the ministry in 1968 with the goal of providing a place for LGBTQ individuals to worship freely. 

Reverend Perry first announced the formation of a new church in an advertisement in The Advocate. On October 6, 1968, he held the first service of the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) in the living room of his Huntington Park home with twelve people in attendance.

Reverend Perry conducted services in his living room for the first six weeks. The size of the congregation steadily grew each week, and by 1969 the church had 150 congregants.

As the ministry grew, the congregation turned to other meeting spaces, including a nearby women's club, theatres, and other churches. In 1971, the MCC dedicated its own church at 2201 South Union AvenueBeth Chayim Chadashim, the world's first LGBTQ synagogue, also held services in the building. 

Attr — Los Angeles Conservancy
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1980

Balled Eagle

1657 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1657 N Western Ave
90027

(PT) (D)

Attr — Bob Damron '80
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1978 1995

Mr. Mike's

3172 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
3172 Los Feliz Blvd
90039

Bob Damron '78-84: (E) (OC)

Piano Bar

Attr — Bob Damron '78-95
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1965 1973

Cellar

3172 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
3172 Los Feliz Blvd
90039

Gay Guide '71: * also (C) after hours; Barfly West '73: A. D. M. Y.

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '65-73
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1982 1983

Casablanca

5457 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
5457 Hollywood Blvd
90027

(D) (E)

Attr — Bob Damron '82
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1980 1981

Jocks Trap

5459 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
5459 Hollywood Blvd
90027

(some W)

Attr — Bob Damron '80-81
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1981 1984

Percy's Adult Book Store

1719 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1719 N Western Ave
90027

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82, 84
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1977 2006

Coral Sands Hollywood Motel

1730 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1730 N Western Ave
90027

Bob Damron '80: (Cruisy) (H) (Sauna, pool, etc.) All male gay motel, hot tub & sauna, 24 hour heated pool, nude bathing, well-equipped gym, sun deck, BBQ area, free refreshments on Wednesdays 6:30-8pm.

Bob Damron '81: (Cruisy) (H) (Sauna, pool, etc.) *; Bob Damron '82: (H) (Sauna, pool, etc.) *; Bob Damron '84: * (H) (Sauna) (pool) (Cruisy)

Site of Outfest's 2001 Platinum Oasis, an 18-hour interactive art installation curated by Ron Athey and Dr. Vaginal Davis, featuring torch singers, electroshock video games, manicures, Bruce la Bruce photo shoots, and baptisms.

"Upstairs" rooms were for cruising. Still open but no longer for cruising, etc.

Attr — Bob Damron '80-84; "Outrageous Oasis," The Advocate 23 Jul 2002
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1975 2008

The Study

1723 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1723 N Western Ave
90027

Bob Damron '75-84: * (Open days)

Attr — Bob Damron '75-84
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1972 1979

Bon Air Motel

1724 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
1724 N Western Ave
90027

H

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1980 1984

Leathermaker

5720 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
5720 Melrose Ave
90038

(Clothes, etc.)

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82, 84
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1973 1977

York Baths

5013 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
5013 York Blvd
90042

B. C. M. P.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1973

Boxcar

2906 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
2906 Los Feliz Blvd
90039

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1973 1984

Spartan Spa

5613 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
5613 Hollywood Blvd
90028

Barfly West '73: B. C.; Bob Damron '81-82, 84: *

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '81-82, 84
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1980 1981

Fourth World

5228 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
5228 York Blvd
90042

(YC) (Latins) (Disco) (D) (RT)

Attr — Bob Damron '81
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1971 1976

Aquarius Club Baths

4504 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
4504 Eagle Rock Blvd
90041

(YC) (P) *

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1978 1981

Tom's Books

5659 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
5659 Hollywood Blvd
90028

Attr — Bob Damron '81
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1930 1939

The Big House / Buddy's Rendezvous

5732 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
5732 Hollywood Blvd
90028

This Hollywood nightclub was a popular gathering place for LGBT persons and featured female impersonators during the 1930s.

Attr — https://www.laconservancy.org/sites/default/files/files/documents/LGBT%20Historic%20Context%209-14%20%28FINAL%29.pdf
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1971 1976

Aquarius

4594 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
4594 Eagle Rock Blvd
90041

B. C. P.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1973 1975

Selma's

5859 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
5859 Melrose Ave
90038

B. C. P.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1983 1984

Pits

6202 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
6202 Santa Monica Blvd
90038

* (SM) (PT) (Pit Shop - Leather - Upstairs in back)

Attr — Bob Damron '83-84
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1966 1973

Islander

6907 Santa Fe Ave, Huntington Park, CA 90255
6907 Santa Fe Ave
90255

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1978 1983

Academy

6236 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
6236 Santa Monica Blvd
90038

(R) (Uniforms)

Attr — Bob Damron '78-83
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1972 1977

Jackie's

6023 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
6023 Sunset Blvd
90028

Also listed as Jackie's Broadcast

M

Attr — Action '72; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '73-77
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1970 1972

Black Continent

4360 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018
4360 W Adams Blvd
90018

(B) *

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1980

Intermission

4370 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018
4370 W Adams Blvd
90018

(B) (M) (OC)

Attr — Bob Damron '80
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1970 1975

Haven

5903 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
5903 Hollywood Blvd
90028

Barfly West '73: L. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1976 1980

Stopover

5903 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
5903 Hollywood Blvd
90028

Bob Damron: (YC) (Disco) (D) (E in "Backlot") (R) (L.A.'s 'top' super bar) (Cabaret - several bars)

Attr — Bob Damron '76-80
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1984

Le Park

1123 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038
1123 Vine St
90038

Le Park: (M) (R) (C) (RT)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1976 1984

Gino's

1123 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038
1123 Vine St
90038

Gino's: (Teenie-boppers) (Disco) (D) (No booze) (AH)

Attr — Bob Damron '76-84
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1980 1981

Villa Sombrero

6101 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
6101 York Blvd
90042

(M) (Mexican R)

Attr — Bob Damron '80-81
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1966 1982

Lillian's

962 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
962 N Cahuenga Blvd
90038

(R)

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82
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1973

New Naples

1514 N Gower St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1514 N Gower St
90028

F. R.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1979 1981

The Horse

6351 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
6351 Santa Monica Blvd
90038

(W) (PT) ('Picking up')

Attr — Cruise '79 Vol 4 No 8; Bob Damron '81
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1989 today

Bienestar Human Services

5326 E Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022
5326 E Beverly Blvd
90022

Bienestar was founded in 1989, primarily as a direct response to the lack of resources for the Latino LGBTQ community in Southern California at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Bienestar now has many centers across Southern California.

Attr — Bienestar
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1981 1983

Magic Holiday Travel

6203 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
6203 Sunset Blvd
90028

Attr — Bob Damron '81-83
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1973 1975

K's Star Room

1271 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038
1271 Vine St
90038

F. L. M. R.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1981

Timbers

1046 Cole Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
1046 Cole Ave
90038

(Disco) (D)

Attr — Bob Damron '81
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1984

Las Jalapenos

5917 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
5917 Franklin Ave
90028

(M) (Mexican) (R)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1984

Blanche's on Bronson

1917 N Bronson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068
1917 N Bronson Ave
90068

(Disco) (D)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1979 1983

Gym Health Club

5919 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
5919 Franklin Ave
90028

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82
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1974 1978

Handlebar

5925 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
5925 Franklin Ave
90028

D. L. W.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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2015 today

Celebration Theatre

6760 Lexington Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
6760 Lexington Ave
90038

Celebration was founded in 1982 by gay rights pioneer and co-founder of the Mattachine Society, Chuck Rowland, when he leased a storefront in Silver lake to start a community theatre dedicated to producing gay-themed material.

In 1992, the company moved to a 64-seat equity waiver space in West Hollywood. The theatre’s vision became more audience-focused and quickly achieved major artistic recognition as an incubator for new works. Many shows have gone on to success in New York and beyond, including Pinafore!, A Language of Their Own, Naked Boys Singing!, Play It Cool, Supernormal Clutches, The Ballad of Little Mikey, Justin Love, and revolver. In 2013 Celebration moved from their Hollywood location and spent 2 years roaming LA in search of a more permanent space to call home. In 2015 Celebration got their wish and is now bring award winning theatre to the community from The Lex, at McCadden and Lexington in Hollywood.

Former Artistic directors include Robert Scrock, Richard Israel, Derek Charles Livingston, John Michael Beck, and most recently, Michael A. Shepperd and Michael Matthews.

Celebration continues to provide a safe and supportive forum for professional and emerging LGBTQQIA writers, directors, designers, and performers, giving voice to the full experience of gay culture. And in the past decade, the theater has expanded outreach into its own community, offering educational and family programs, as well as partnering with numerous community organizations, like the LA Gay & Lesbian Center and Congregation Kol Ami.

Over 30 years later, Celebration remains the only professional theatre with the mission of creating an outlet for LGBTQQIA voices in Los Angeles.

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1973

Hi Lo Door

6508 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
6508 Santa Monica Blvd
90038

Barfly West '73: M

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1973 1986

Los Barrilitos

6508 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
6508 Santa Monica Blvd
90038

Bob Damron '82-84: (M) (Mexican R) (S)

Attr — Barfly West 1973; Bob Damron '82-84; Places for men 1986 Ferrari Publications;
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1973

Rabbit Habit

7312 Pacific Blvd, Huntington Park, CA 90255
7312 Pacific Blvd
90255

F. L. W. *

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1971 1973

Gas Station

6550 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
6550 Santa Monica Blvd
90038

Gay Guide '71: (D) *; Barfly West '73: D. L. Y. *

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '71-73
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1980 1984

Manhole

6531 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
6531 Santa Monica Blvd
90038

Bob Damron '82: (Hip-neighborhood); Bob Damron '84: (C-AH-WE)

Attr — Databoy '80; Bob Damron '82-84
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1957 1972

Daughters of Bilitis

852 N Cherokee Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
852 N Cherokee Ave
90038

The DOB formed in San Francisco in 1955. It was conceived as a social alternative to lesbian bars, which were subject to raids and police harassment. As the DOB gained members, their focus shifted to providing support to women who were afraid to come out.

The Los Angeles chapter of the organization was founded by Helen Sandoz and Stella Rush in 1957. Meetings took place at Sandoz's apartment at 852 Cherokee Avenue.

As president of the Los Angeles chapter, Sandoz was influential in making lesbians comfortable with participating in public meetings with heterosexual men, gay men, and representatives from the scientific and medical communities.

The Daughters of Bilitis formally disbanded in 1972, leaving a deep impact within the LGBTQ community. 

Attr — https://www.laconservancy.org/sites/default/files/files/documents/LGBT%20Historic%20Context%209-14%20%28FINAL%29.pdf
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1973

Office

1640 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1640 Vine St
90028

L. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1973 today

Van Ness Recovery House

1919 N Beachwood Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068
1919 N Beachwood Dr
90068

Founded by Don Kilhefner, this was the first residential substance abuse and treatment facility specifically for LGBT persons - and the first to accept people with HIV/AIDS.

Attr — Survey LA: LGBT Historic Context Statement; Gay L.A. pp. 192
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1965 1984

Frolic Room

6245 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
6245 Hollywood Blvd
90028

Was a speakeasy in 1930 during Prohibition. Opened legally in 1934; still open today. Listed only in LGBT materials from 1965-1984

Attr — Bob Damron '65-'84
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1971

The Tool

1503 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1503 N Cahuenga Blvd
90028

M

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Bob Damron '71
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1972

Holiday Room

1503 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1503 N Cahuenga Blvd
90028

M

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Action '72
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1929 1933

Jimmy's Backyard

1608 Cosmo St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1608 Cosmo St
90028

During Prohibition, the side streets off of Hollywood Boulevard, such as Ivar, Cosmo, and Cahuenga, were home to numerous speakeasies. They did not advertise their existence, and many were open only briefly before they would be raided by the LAPD and closed. Nightclubs that endured slightly longer included B.B.B.'s Cellar, the Montmartre, and Jimmy's Backyard. Although they were also patronized by straights, they were referred to as "queer bars" and "pansy joints" because they featured female impersonator revues. So accepted were such performances, that the nightclubs and the movie stars that attended were actually written up in magazines like the Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

Opened New Year’s Eve 1929 by Thomas Gannon, This Hollywood nightclub was a popular gathering place for LGBT persons and featured female impersonators during the 1930s. It was considered L.A.’s first openly gay bar.

Jimmy’s Back Yard hosted Rae Bourbon’s “Boys Will Be Girls” extravaganza.

When Prohibition was repealed in 1933, law enforcement officers, afraid of losing all vestiges of control over Hollywood nightlife, flexed their muscles by cracking down more often on Hollywood clubs that welcomed the sexually diverse. They were especially hostile to places that offered floorshows in which “man masqueraded as women, and women pose as men. When Hollywood Vice Squad raided Jimmy’s Backyard, they carted off the female impersonators, who were each sentenced to 6 months in jail.

Attr — April 1932 LA Times; Yapp, Nicholas, The 1950s (Decades of the 20th Century), pp. 96; Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969 pp.144; Gay L.A. p. 46; Survey LA: LGBT Historic Context Statement pp. 57
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1969 1976

Sewers of Paris

1608 Cosmo St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1608 Cosmo St
90028

Gay Guide '71: (P) (D) after hours

Attr — Magpie 7-69; H.E.L.P. Newsletter; Bob Damron '71-73; Gay Guide '71
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1974 2014

Hollywood Spa

1650 Ivar Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1650 Ivar Ave
90028

(Health Club) *

Was ordered to close in 1988, as part of an enforcement of stringent regulations restricting sexual activity at gay bathhouses. “I don’t plan to close,” said Scott D.R. Goulet, owner of Hollywood Spa, 1650 Ivar Ave. Goulet died of AIDS-related complications in 1993.

Peter Sykes owned Hollywood Spa since 1993 and also owns the North Hollywood Spa, another gay bathhouse. Sykes said Denley Companies, the real estate firm controlled by Mehdi Bolour, wanted to double the nearly $30,000 in rent he paid each month for the spa location. He also confirmed that Hollywood Spa is six months behind in payment of its rent.

Attr — Bob Damron '82, 84; 1988-05-10 LA Times, WehoVille
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1966 1975

Star Room

1721 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1721 Vine St
90028

(R)

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1968 1979

Falcon's Lair

742 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
742 N Highland Ave
90038

Gay Guide '71: (SM) *; Barfly West '73: W. *

Leather bar, with sawdust on the floor. Showed classic old silent films, in the loft, one day a week. It became Greg's Blue Dot in 1979.

Named after Rudolph Valentino's estate Falcon Lair ?

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '68-80
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1973 1974

Onion, Too

1540 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1540 N Cahuenga Blvd
90028

D. L. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1979 1984

Greg's Blue Dot Lounge

742 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
742 N Highland Ave
90038

Bob Damron '81: (PT) (Cruisy W. Hollywood type bar) *; Bob Damron '82: (PT) (WE*); Bob Damron '84: (PT) (Patio) (Sun. "mass" from 6 a.m.*)

Owned by Greg Hammond. In addition to the usual Friday and Saturday night festivities, Greg's was known for Sunday morning festivities, "Church" at Greg's for men who had been up all night and wanted a bit more drinking before heading home to sleep off the weekend and get ready for work on Monday. Another tradition was "bobbing for dildos."

Attr — Bob Damron '81-84
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1974 2016

Circus Disco

6655 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
6655 Santa Monica Blvd
90038

Circus Disco was the oldest, and longest-running LGBTQ Latino nightclub in Hollywood and Los Angeles. From 1974 to January 2016, patrons of all races and orientations walked through the giant clown mouth at Circus Disco and into a cavernous warehouse where the judgments and inhibitions of the outside world got left behind. Opened by Gene La Pietra and Ermilio “Ed” Lemos as a primarily Latino alternative to the then-exclusionary nightclubs of West Hollywood, Circus quickly developed a reputation (along with Jewel's Catch One and, later, its next-door neighbor Arena) as one of the city's few gay clubs with no dress code and no racist door policy. The club expanded its clientele in 2000 when it became home to Giant, the city's first house and techno mega-club. Historic preservation efforts proved anticlimactic: The new owners have promised to keep the clown entrance and stick a disco ball in the lobby when they turn the site into a 786-unit housing complex.

Circus Disco played an important role in the Latinx LGBTQ community and in its history of political organizing and coalition building. In 1983, civil rights and labor leader César Chávez addressed roughly one hundred members of the Project Just Business gay and lesbian coalition at the bar, where he offered strategies for organizing boycotts and coalition fundraising.

Bob Damron: * (YC) (Disco) (D) (Very M) (3 bars, shops)

Also listed sometimes as 6648 Lexington Ave, Hollywood, CA

Attr — Bob Damron '79-84, LA Weekly, ONE Archives, LA Conservancy
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1968 today

Griffith Park

4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
4730 Crystal Springs Dr
90027

The park was one of L.A.’s most notorious spots for men to go and cruise for sex. John Rechy put Griffith Park on the cultural map as a cruising hotspot after his 1967 novel “Numbers” detailed a chance encounter at the famous sprawling enclave between Los Feliz and the Santa Monica Mountains. Rechy himself had been arrested in Griffith Park and faced a five-year prison sentence for soliciting sex, as he told the Los Angeles Review of Books. “The vice cops, the court, the lawyers, the judge, the unbelievable moving of the trial into the sex arena of Griffith Park so that the judge could ‘see for himself,’” all actually took place for Rechy in the days when Griffith Park was a site of anonymous sex, accompanied by the threat of a criminal charge.

Edmund White mentions that "Griffith Park is cruisy" in his 1980 book “States of Desire: Travels in Gay America.” Gay L.A. states that "wild orgies involving scores of men were common. The orgies even took place in daylight because Griffith Park had vast areas where the overgrown scrub provided a venue that was like a veritable outdoor gay bathhouse."

On Memorial Day of 1968, men and women gathered at the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round to hear Mike Hannon, a policeman turned lawyer and Civil Rights activist, speak to the challenges of being gay in a homophobic society.

In 1970 and 1971, the GLF organized a series of gay-ins, three of which took place at the merry-go-round in Griffith Park. Like the parade, the purpose of these gay-ins was to encourage LGBT persons to come out of the closet and to encourage the public to accept alternative expressions of sexuality and gender. The events, which attracted thousands of people, took place during the day and included speeches, music, and dancing as well as booths that offered free legal and social services. Challenging the LAPD policy that effectively banned gays and lesbians from congregating in public was also one of the goals of the GLF, which was largely achieved by these events. The LAPD officers that policed the events only agitated the crowds. So the GLF obtained a restraining order on the basis that it was a violation of their civil rights.

Attr — SurveyLA: LGBT Historic Context Statement; Faderman, Lillian and Stuart Timmons "Gay L.A."
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1978 2002

Palace

1737 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1737 Vine St
90028

(Very M) (PE) (Disco) (D) (S) (E)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1972 1980

Red Carpet

6280 Yucca St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
6280 Yucca St
90028

M

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1972 1975

Brass Rail & Cabaret

836 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
836 N Highland Ave
90038

Barfly West '73: [Brass Rail] E. L. W., [Dude City] E. F. L. *

Also known as Paradise Ballroom (Vector, 1975)

Attr — Barfly West '73, Vector 1975
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1972 1974

Dude City

836 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
836 N Highland Ave
90038

Barfly West '73: [Brass Rail] E. L. W., [Dude City] E. F. L. *

Attr — Groovy Guy '72, Bob Damron '73-74
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1978 1999

Probe

836 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
836 N Highland Ave
90038

Bob Damron '81-82: (P) (Members only) (Disco) (D) (YC) (WE - only *); Bob Damron '83-84: (P) (Macho) (Disco) (D) (WE*)

PROBE, due to its limited capacity (under 500), remained somewhat exclusive for its entire existence from 1978 to 1999. Was used as a location in 1980 film American Gigolo. The police and state bureaucracy, (particularly through Alcoholic Beverage Control) once tried to get a copy of the membership list, but it was successfully legally defended as private property.

"Former Hollywood haunt the Probe began as a private club for gay men and, like a lot of other LGBT venues, became a home for all sorts of alternative-minded young people. By the 1990s, the Highland Avenue spot hosted flashback party Club 1970 and live band night Club With No Name. But for a lot of ’90s youth, the Probe will be best remembered as home to the trifecta of spooky kid parties with industrial club Kontrol Faktory, now-legendary goth hangout Helter Skelter and dark-alternative dance night Stigmata. The space was bare-bones but inviting. At Helter Skelter, you could look over the balcony and see the crowd dance like Haunted Mansion ghosts to the waltz-y songs. At Stigmata, you could take a break from dancing to “Sex Dwarf” and “Tesla Girls” in the spacious bar area. By 1999, though, the Probe was no more. It was sold and rechristened the Playroom, then later A.D. Now, the space is an antiques showroom." LA Weekly

Attr — Bob Damron '80-84
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1963 2011

Spotlight

1601 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1601 Cahuenga Blvd
90028

Barfly West '73: L. M. * & Bob Damron '81-82, 84: (RT) (AYOR) (Was burned)

Was the longest continuously-running gay bar in Los Angeles when it closed in 2011.

Attr — Gay Guide '71 (wrong address); Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '66-84
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1932 1934

B.B.B.’s Cellar

1651 Cosmo St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1651 Cosmo St
90028

Despite the fact Prohibition was enacted in 1920, making the sale of alcohol illegal, the nightlife in Los Angeles was very active and an underground speakeasy culture emerged where people with different sexual orientations mixed. Drag queens, known as "pansy performers," experienced a surge in underground popularity in nightclubs, and were some of the highest-paid nightlife performers in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco during the 1930-1933 "Pansy Craze."

B.B.B.’s Cellar run by Bobby Burns Berman, had a highly acclaimed revue of ten boys dressed as girls. The floorshow was called “Boys Will Be Girls,” starring Rae Bourbon. Fred Monroe also did highly celebrated impersonations of the female stars in his audience.

In September 1932, the Hollywood Reporter caught Tallulah Bankhead, William Haines, Ethel Barrymore, and Howard Hughes there one night, each guest with a hammer, instructed to pound the table every time a new guest arrived.

The L.A. police’s October 1932 raid on the Cellar and Jimmy's Backyard was described by Variety as part of “a drive on the Nance and Lesbian amusement places in town."

Attr — Gay L.A. pp. 44; Survey LA: LGBT Historic Context Statement pp. 8; Hollywood Filmograph Jan-Dec 1933
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1973 1990

My House

1626 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1626 N Cahuenga Blvd
90028

Barfly West '73: M; Bob Damron '74-84: (Some OC) *

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '74-84; Sin Bros '90
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1973 1976

Vine Lodge Motel

1818 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1818 Vine St
90028

H. *

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1968 1970

Little Tokyo

7810 Santa Fe Ave, Huntington Park, CA 90255
7810 Santa Fe Ave
90255

F. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1972 1973

Alley

6357 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
6357 Hollywood Blvd
90028

L. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1971 1978

De Paul's

1729 Ivar Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1729 Ivar Ave
90028

E. L. *

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '71-78
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1973 1974

Speak 39

1651 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1651 N Cahuenga Blvd
90028

L. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1978 1983

Odyssey

6810 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
6810 Melrose Ave
90038

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1984

Fellini's

6810 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
6810 Melrose Ave
90038

F

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1971

Balcony

6417 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
6417 Hollywood Blvd
90028

(S)

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1973 1977

Aldo's Speakeasy

6413 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
6413 Hollywood Blvd
90028

F. L. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1965 1973

Lucky Stop

6365 Yucca St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
6365 Yucca St
90028

L. M.

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1984

Frolic II

1645 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1645 Wilcox Ave
90028

(Some OC) (RT)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1979 1983

Benny's

1645 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1645 Wilcox Ave
90028

(Some OC) (RT)

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82
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1955 1982

Arthur J's

6785 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
6785 Santa Monica Blvd
90038

(M) (R) (C) (AH) (AYOR) (RT)

"In the ’50s, gay teens found a way to connect in coffee shops, such as the Marlin Inn, Arthur J’s (slightly husterlish) and the notorious Gold Cup, all on or around the cruisy/sleazy zone of Hollywood and Vine."

"The over-twenty-one crowd of lesbians and gay men had their own coffee shops, such as the Gold Cup on Hollywood Blvd and Arthur J's on Santa Monica Blvd. Francesca Miller remembers Arthur J's as a phenomenally popular all-night hangout where gay people flocked after the bars closed. Arthur J's was thought by gay men to be a great place to score. Aristide Laurent, who was a regular in the 1960's, recalls that the sexual carryings-on had been so rampant in the men's room at Arthur J's that the waitresses were ordered to toss a cup of ammonia on the floor hourly so the fumes would preclude anyone from spending more time than was required to use the toilet." - Gay L.A.

"We headed to Arthur J’s coffee shop to use the restroom and do some last minute priming. It was a typical looking LA diner with a big counter where people sat around – but all the customers were men. Here we invaded the quiet world of mainstream gay white culture."

Attr — Bob Damron '71-82, Gay L.A. pp.150
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1964 1984

Gaslight

1761 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1761 N Cahuenga Blvd
90028

Popular afternoons

Attr — Directory '64; Gay Guide '71
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1981

Chesterfield Hotel

1624 N Hudson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1624 N Hudson Ave
90028

(M) (H)

Attr — Bob Damron '81
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1979 1988

National Gay Archives: Natalie Barney/Edward Carpenter Library, International Gay & Lesbian Archives (IGLA)

1654 N Hudson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1654 N Hudson Ave
90028

1979: The Western Gay Archives (previously Jim Kepner's personal archive) is renamed the National Gay Archives: Natalie Barney/Edward Carpenter Library and moves to 1654 North Hudson Avenue in Hollywood.

1984: The National Gay Archives is renamed the International Gay & Lesbian Archives (IGLA)

1988: IGLA moves to a space owned by the City of West Hollywood at 626 North Robertson Boulevard (the current location of the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum).

Attr — ONE / USC Library
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1982

Hollywood 8 Motel

1822 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1822 N Cahuenga Blvd
90028

(M) (H)

Attr — Bob Damron '82
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1965 1970

Gauntlet

1210 N Highland, Los Angeles, CA 90038
1210 N Highland
90038

Gauntlet I was formed in the late 1960's by Dale Habberstad and business partner Zack and was located on Highland Blvd. in Hollywood. Around 1969, they closed the doors and moved on to other endeavors.

Attr — Bob Damron '65-69, Timely Gay Guide '70
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1983 1984

Sanctuary

941 N Mansfield Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
941 N Mansfield Ave
90038

(P) (F, S)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1965 1978

Golden Horseshoe

4852 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
4852 W Adams Blvd
90016

(B)

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1971 1975

Goliath's

7011 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
7011 Melrose Ave
90038

A. E. Y.

Situated next door to David

Attr — H.E.L.P. Newsletter '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '72-75
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1969 1982

David

7013 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
7013 Melrose Ave
90038

Gay Guide '71: (R) *; Barfly West '73: E. F. L. M. *; Bob Damron '81-82: (R) (E) (OC)

Situated next door to Goliath's

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '81-82
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1968 1990

Lemon Twist

6423 Yucca St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
6423 Yucca St
90028

Barfly West '73: L. M. Y.; Bob Damron '71-84: (Some OC) (E-WE)

Attr — Magpie 1-68; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '71-84; SCGBA 1986; Sin Bros 1990
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1981

Fantasy Garage

1041 N Mansfield Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
1041 N Mansfield Ave
90038

(Disco) (D) (Opening Spring '80) (Should be a winner)

Attr — Bob Damron '81
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1975 1996

Gay & Lesbian Community Service Center

1213 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
1213 N Highland Ave
90038

1975: The Center moves to what was formerly a motel at 1213 N. Highland Ave. It receives the first federal grant ever given to an LGBT organization: $1 million for alcoholic services to women. Staff reported that during the first year between 1,700 – 2,500 men and women passed through the doors each week.

1980: Name changes to Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Community Service Center

1981: First official report comes out about "Gay-Related Immune Deficiency" or GRID, now known as AIDS. One of the men featured in the report is a patient of the Center's venereal disease clinic.

1982: First Los Angeles AIDS death was a client of the Center's Clinic.

1985: The Center opens the first HIV testing site in California, which quickly becomes the nation's largest. The Center opens Citrus House behind its Highland Ave building, the first transitional home for LGBT youth.

Jeanne Córdova (Lesbian Tide, Daughters of Bilitis) tells the story of adding "Lesbian" to the Gay Community Service Center sign.

Attr — Bob Damron '77-81, Vanguard Summer 2014 (LA LGBT Center's Quarterly Magazine)
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1933 1945

Hollywood Rendezvous

1841 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1841 N Cahuenga Blvd
90028

In Los Angeles the "Pansy Craze" fad was sufficiently established so that the drag entertainer Ray Bourbon (Rae Bourbon) could open his own nightclub, the Hollywood Rendezvous. He was described as the "Master of the Murky Mouthful, exponent of darting dirtiness...who sings songs that would make Will Hays screech, "I hate you!"

In 1940, female impersonator Julian Eltinge was booked for a return engagement at the Rendezvous, but was required to apply for a permit to impersonate a woman. The vice squad testified that “many people of questionable character frequent the place,” and permit was denied. Eventually Eltinge was able to perform, but was not permitted to wear dresses.

Attr — Gay L.A. pp. 44; Bohemian Los Angeles: And the Making of Modern Politics pp. 147
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1969 1972

Theatre VII

1445 N. Las Palmas Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1445 N. Las Palmas Avenue
90028

Hollywood Center Theatre became Theatre VII in 1969 with the tagline 'Where friendliness is Contagious.' Acts such as Charles Pierce (The Master of Camp) hit the boards. A year later, and now advertising itself as 'The only gay theatre like it anywhere!' -- the Theatre VII offered Live Male Stage Shows on the weekends. The name didn't hold; the new moniker was gone a few years later, but male oriented material continued from the likes of Casey Donovan The Back Row (Doug Richards), Gary Yuma Fun Farm and Calvin Culver Tubstrip.

Attr — Ad Sausage
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1982 1983

Hudson House

1757 N Hudson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1757 N Hudson Ave
90028

(H) (Some L)

Attr — Bob Damron '82
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1973

De Hombre

739 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
739 N La Brea Ave
90038

Barfly West '73: E. F. L. R.

"Well, my eye caught an ad. Ann Dee is at the Theatre de Hombre,739 N. La Brea, Hollywood. Nobody had to tell me about Ann Dee. I had seen her before. What can one say about a woman who has been called one of the greatest performers who ever lived.

So, I ironed my work shirt. . .sewed my blue jeans (which unfortunately were ripped in a very awkward spot). . .and headed for the club. Not to say that Theatre de Hombre is not a beautiful club. It is ... but hell, I wanted to see (for the sake of my sisters who read this tacky column) the treatment I would recieve dressing this way. The atmosphere was warm, the maitre d' gracious, and nobody could care what I was wearing (l love being noticed in a large crowd).

For a mere two drink minimum I sat through an hour and twenty minutes of one of the greatest shows I had ever seen, Ann was not only her inimitable self, but she was backed by a black singing trio who were fantastic, Richard Caruso who plays a great sax, and a heavy, heavy band. The place serves dinner, but if you can't or don’t want to spend the bread, there’s just a two drink mlnmum (no cover). The show had a few old favorites, but basically leaned toward a very modern far out today bag. She sings the hell out of Helen's, "I Am Woman." It's difficult to describe, you're going to have to see it to believe it. So one of these eveinings, when you really feel like getting into a different trip...catch Ann Dee. "

- Tacky Trashy Theatre Column by Stacey Morgan (Lesbian Tide)

Attr — Barfly West '73, Lesbian Tide Jan 1973
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1978 today

Plaza

739 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
739 N La Brea Ave
90038

Bob Damron '81-82: (Latins) (Disco) (D) (S) *; Bob Damron '84: (Latins) (S) (Disco) (D)

The interior, with its long bar, rough-hewn lumber, and narrow dance floor, has the feel of a honky-tonk. Most customers are Mexican, but the $5 cover at The Plaza buys something few Latin nightclubs dare offer: female impersonators in sequined gowns lip-synching to frenetic cumbias and heartbreaking rancheras.

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '78-84, LA Mag, TimeOut
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1968 1971

Apollo Health Baths

7016 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90038
7016 Santa Monica Blvd
90038

(P)

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1945 1994

House of Ivy

1640 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1640 N Las Palmas Ave
90028

A. F. L.

"Gay bars that emerged during World War II included the Crown Jewel, Harold's, and Maxwell's in Downtown and the House of Ivy and the Windup in Hollywood."

Attr — Guild guide '64; Barfly West '73; SurveyLA LGBT Historic Context Statement
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1940 1959

Bradley’s

6651 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
6651 Hollywood Blvd
90028

aka Bradley’s Five & Ten

A popular cocktail lounge at the northwest corner of Hollywood and Cherokee, one of a dozen gay bars in 1943 within two blocks radius.

Had a long bar with a mirror behind it to reveal who came in and out the front door. The men’s bathroom at Bradleys acquired a reputation. John Kingsley, president of Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and a local stationary store owner, began a campaign to close Bradley’s. After visiting the bar forty or so times, he wrote in the Hollywood Citizen News that “something strange” was going on in Bradley’s, something involving queers.

The military would post a sign at this place, and every other place they suspected drew a gay crowd, that said “Out of bounds to military personnel.”

Attr — Gay LA pp. 73; The Story of Hollywood: An Illustrated History, Williams 2006 p.282
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1972 1973

Galleon Room

1638 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1638 N Las Palmas Ave
90028

D. E. F. L.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1973 1977

Las Palmas Theatre

1642 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1642 N Las Palmas Ave
90028

T

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1982

George's Coffee House

6700 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
6700 Hollywood Blvd
90028

Bob Damron '82: (M) (R) (RT)

Attr — Bob Damron '82
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1955 1982

Gold Cup Coffee House

6700 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
6700 Hollywood Blvd
90028

In the ’50s, gay teens found a way to connect in coffee shops, such as the Marlin Inn, Arthur J’s (slightly husterlish) and the notorious Gold Cup, all on or around the cruisy/sleazy zone of Hollywood and Vine.

Barfly West '73: F. M. R.; Bob Damron '75-82: (M) (R)

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '75-82
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1957 1959

Camp’s Bar

1708 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1708 N Las Palmas Ave
90028

aka Roman Terrace

Mr. T, not the actor on TV, but an entrepreneur of gay bars at the time, had a bar next door to the Vieux Carre, called Camp’s Bar. He always had the best looking, young bartenders. And a semi-drag team, Maurice and Lamont, used to pantomime to records on stage. I said semi-drag, because in those days impersonators couldn’t wear falsies and had to have on men’s underwear under their drag costumes. They did a real campy, Yma Sumac number, but wore it out, doing it night after night.

Troy Walker performed here.

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1975 1977

Pleasure Chest

1022 N La Brea Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90038
1022 N La Brea Ave
90038
Attr — Pleasure Chest history
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1960 1966

Vieux Carré

1716 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1716 N Las Palmas Ave
90028

Attr — The Lavender Baedeker '64; Bob Damron '65; IN Guide '66
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1992 2013

Celebration Theatre

7051 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90038
7051 Santa Monica Blvd
90038

Celebration was founded in 1982 by gay rights pioneer and co-founder of the Mattachine Society, Chuck Rowland, when he leased a storefront in Silver lake to start a community theatre dedicated to producing gay-themed material.

In 1992, the company moved to a 64-seat equity waiver space in West Hollywood. The theatre’s vision became more audience-focused and quickly achieved major artistic recognition as an incubator for new works. Many shows have gone on to success in New York and beyond, including Pinafore!, A Language of Their Own, Naked Boys Singing!, Play It Cool, Supernormal Clutches, The Ballad of Little Mikey, Justin Love, and revolver. In 2013 Celebration moved from their Hollywood location and spent 2 years roaming LA in search of a more permanent space to call home. In 2015 Celebration got their wish and is now bring award winning theatre to the community from The Lex, at McCadden and Lexington in Hollywood.

Former Artistic directors include Robert Scrock, Richard Israel, Derek Charles Livingston, John Michael Beck, and most recently, Michael A. Shepperd and Michael Matthews.

Celebration continues to provide a safe and supportive forum for professional and emerging LGBTQQIA writers, directors, designers, and performers, giving voice to the full experience of gay culture. And in the past decade, the theater has expanded outreach into its own community, offering educational and family programs, as well as partnering with numerous community organizations, like the LA Gay & Lesbian Center and Congregation Kol Ami.

Over 30 years later, Celebration remains the only professional theatre with the mission of creating an outlet for LGBTQQIA voices in Los Angeles.

Attr — Celebration Theatre
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1940 1949

Slim Gordon's

6721 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
6721 Hollywood Blvd
90028

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1930 1933

Club New Yorker

6724 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
6724 Hollywood Blvd
90028

Club New Yorker was opened on the former site of the Greenwich Village Café. The club was situated in a basement adjacent to the Christie Hotel, with access from the street by a steep staircase.

It was a popular gathering place for LGBT persons. It featured actor Jean Malin, a female impersonator, reportedly one of the highest paid MCs in during the short-lived "Pansy Craze." "A six-foot-tall, 200-pound bruiser who also had an attitude and a lisp." A Hollywood trade paper quipped in September 1932, "Were you at the Club New Yorker [in Hollywood] the other night when Jean Malin announced that he was 'all fagged out?' Whoops!"

Malin died in a freak car accident in August 1933 at age 24.

Attr — Wanamaker, Marc, Early Hollywood pp.124; Gay L.A. pp. 42
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1976 1984

The Leather Game

7264 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
7264 Melrose Ave
90046

* (Leather, clothes, toys, uniforms, etc.)

Attr — Bob Damron '81; The Voice, March 1980
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1984

Montecito Hotel

6650 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
6650 Franklin Ave
90028

(H)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1923 1932

Café Montmartre

6763 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
6763 Hollywood Blvd
90028

A speakeasy in Hollywood where gays and straights mixed, which then became a gay bar during the 1930s.

Attr — Survey LA: LGBT Historic Context Statement
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1988 2017

Melrose Spa

7269 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
7269 Melrose Ave
90046

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1975 2017

Melrose Baths

7269 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
7269 Melrose Ave
90046

Bob Damron '77-84: * (Some OC, chubby chasers)

On January 10, 1988, the LAPD raided the Melrose Baths, arresting three patrons for “lewd conduct.” Between January 17th and 22nd, officers likewise raided the Corral Club, the Compound, and again the Melrose Baths. “Clearly, no one should think that these actions are isolated from the AIDS-hysterical decision recently made by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to give broader powers to the County Department of Health Services to close the bathhouses at their discretion,” commented the newsletter of the Los Angeles chapter of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power. Such raids were the most explicit example of the state’s use of repressive methods to attempt to control the spread of AIDS.

Attr — Contact '75; Bob Damron '77-84; De Orio, Scott, "Punishing Queer Sexuality in the Age of LGBT Rights" 2017 pp. 264
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1973 1976

Melrose Social Club

7269 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
7269 Melrose Ave
90046

Barfly West '73: B. C. P. 24/7 "is very sociable!!"

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '73-76
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1975 1980

Daniel's

6776 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
6776 Hollywood Blvd
90028

A. F. R. *

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1972 1984

Beach Boy

7113 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
7113 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

Barfly West '73: A. F. M.; Bob Damron '73-84: (PT) ("Hustlers")

Attr — Action '72; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '73-84
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1966 1982

Lillian's

1149 N La Brea Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90038
1149 N La Brea Ave
90038

(R)

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1964

Annex West

7304 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
7304 Melrose Ave
90046

Attr — Directory '64
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1970 1974

Bacchanal '70

7304 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
7304 Melrose Ave
90036

Gay Guide '71: (G) (D) *; Barfly West '73: D. E. G. L. *

Attr — The Voice '70; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73
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1980 1981

Red Dog Saloon

7302 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
7302 Melrose Ave
90036

Bob Damron '81: (May be closing)

Attr — Bob Damron '81
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1981 1986

The One

7302 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
7302 Melrose Ave
90036

Bob Damron '84: (Preppies) (Cruisy)

Attr — Bob Damron '81-84; SCGBA 1986
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1983 1984

Adonis Theatre

7308 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
7308 Melrose Ave
90036

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82, 84
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1968 1973

Lillian's

1253 N La Brea Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90038
1253 N La Brea Ave
90038

F. M. R. "Top with them!" Hosts: "Jack and Jim" 5-9:30pm

Attr — Magpie March '68; Homosexual National Classified Directory '71; Barfly West '73
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1982

Michael's Grill

7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
7450 Beverly Blvd
90036

(M) (R)

Attr — Bob Damron '82
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1984

Holiday Inn

1755 N Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028
1755 N Highland Ave
90028

(M) (H) (Cruisy pool)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1982 1983

Saddle Tramp

7225 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
7225 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

(W) (Looks promising)

Attr — Bob Damron '82-83
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1984

Seven Seas

6904 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
6904 Hollywood Blvd
90028

(M) (Twinkies) (Disco) (D) (18 & over) (No Booze)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1963 1966

The Apache

7369 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
7369 Melrose Ave
90046

Also known as The Apache (Trading Post)

Attr — 14 Oct 1963 The News; IN Guide, 1966.
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1970 1976

Etc.

1433 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1433 N La Brea Ave
90028

(R)

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Bob Damron '71-76
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1999 today

Chico

2915 W Beverly Blvd, Montebello, CA 90640
2915 W Beverly Blvd
90640

In 1999, Julio Licón and Marty Sokol walked into Mr. D’s Cocktail Lounge, located in a Montebello mini-mall. Business was fading at Mr. D’s and the owner wanted out. The bar drew a local Mexican-American clientele, a smattering of self-identifying gay men and women, trans women and drag queens.

It was proposed to rename the Mr. D's into "Chico," because "the place is small and [they were] looking to appeal mostly to a male clientele.” Licón and Sokol loved the name.

Home to Club Scum.

Attr — KCET
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1964 1973

Little Club

1725 W Florence Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90047
1725 W Florence Ave
90047

(S)

Attr — Guild Guide 1964; Gay Guide '71; Bob Damron '65-'73
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1980 1981

Hair Exchange

7310 1/2 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
7310 1/2 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

(Hair stylist)

Attr — Bob Damron '80-81; The Voice '80
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1979 today

International Love Boutique

7046 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
7046 Hollywood Blvd
90028

(Clothes, leather, 'toys' etc.)

Attr — Bob Damron '79-84
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1981 1984

Yukon Mining Co.

7328 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
7328 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

(R) (24 hours*)

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82, 84
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1981

Chez Claude

702 N Gardner St, Los Angeles, CA 90046
702 N Gardner St
90046

(M) (R) (Looks promising)

Attr — Bob Damron '81
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1968 1976

Tradesman

7505 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
7505 Melrose Ave
90046

Gay Guide '71: (SM) * also (C) after hrs; Barfly West '73: A. M. Y. *

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '68-76
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1980 1981

Holiday Spa

7080 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
7080 Hollywood Blvd
90028

(Health Club)

Attr — Bob Damron '81
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1973 1984

Saharan Motor Hotel

7212 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
7212 Sunset Blvd
90046

Bob Damron '73-83: (M) (H); Bob Damron '84: (cleaned up & "hookers" gone) *

Still open / acquired, but no longer considered specifically LGBTQ.

Attr — Bob Damron '73-84
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1981 1982

L.A.A.D.

7566 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
7566 Melrose Ave
90046

Bob Damron '81-82: (L.A. After Dark) (P) (H) *

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82
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1980 2007

Drake Bookstore

7566 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
7566 Melrose Ave
90046

In January 1988, officers with the Los Angeles Police Department arrested several men for “lewd or dissolute conduct”—the same statute criminalizing public sex that gay activists had struggled to reform in the 1970s—at Drake’s bookstore

Attr — The Voice '80, Bob Damron '81-84
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1975 1980

Drake Theatre

7566 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
7566 Melrose Ave
90046

Barfly West '73: T; Bob Damron '77-80: (L.A. After Dark) (P) (H) *

Initially screening straight adult movies, it went over to gay male adult movies in around 1975/1976.

In 1977 the Drake Theatre was listed in the Bob Damron Address Book as operating as a gay male adult theatre. It was later known as the Aladdin Theatre.

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '77-80
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1968 1973

Seventh Keg

7713 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
7713 Beverly Blvd
90036

M

Attr — Advocate July 1968; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73
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1984 1996

Great Hall / Long Hall - Plummer Park

1200 N Vista St, West Hollywood, CA 90046
1200 N Vista St
90046

The Great Hall / Long Hall Plummer Park was completed in 1938 as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and countywide efforts to expand park space during the Great Depression.

When West Hollywood became a city on November 29, 1984 , Plummer Park is where the country’s first openly lesbian mayor and four other councilmembers were sworn in.

At the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, from 1987-1996, the facility in Plummer Park hosted the meetings of the local chapter of the prominent AIDS advocacy group ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), serving as the backdrop to unprecedented campaigns for greater visibility and more effective treatment. The group was instrumental in compelling the federal government to respond to the HIV/AIDS crisis through new research and healthcare programs.

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1982 today

Unity Fellowship Center

5149 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
5149 W Jefferson Blvd
90016

Bishop Carl Bean’s Unity Fellowship Church & Minority AIDS Project is America’s largest African-American LGBT church, with 14 branches nationwide.

Unity Fellowship Church, Los Angeles (UFCLA) was founded in 1982 by Rev. Carl Bean for primarily openly Gay and Lesbian African Americans. The first meetings were held in the private residence of Rev. Bean, on Cochran Ave., in Los Angeles, California.

Bean was a Motown and disco singer, noted particularly for his version of the early gay liberation song "I Was Born This Way" and autobiography of the same title.

Attr — Unity Fellowship Church
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1981 1999

Hunter's Cocktails

7511 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
7511 Santa Monica Blvd
90024

Barfly West '73: L. Y.; Bob Damron '81-84: (PT) ("Picking up")

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '81-84, Weinstein 1999
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1969 1978

Jaguar

7511 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
7511 Santa Monica Blvd
90024

Barfly West '73: L. Y.

Later became Hunters.

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '69-78, Vector March '75
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1952 1954

The Golden Carp

7650 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
7650 Melrose Ave
90046

A dreamy gay bar with a fish-stocked stream winding through it, and a system that made interior rain. Multiracial and co-ed gay bar.

Attr — 1954 Gay Girl’s Guide, Gay L.A. pp.285
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1980 1981

Data-Boy Instant Press

7512 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
7512 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

* (Printing & publishing)

Data-Boy Magazine was a gay entertainment magazine originally published in Hollywood in the early 1970s by Data-Boy Instant Press and early computerized printing service and provided free at various bars and hangouts. Mostly advertising for local bars, clubs and services it included reviews of stage plays and films. In the late 1970s-1980s it expanded to Northern California and the two publications were bound back to back with appropriate numbering for each. This ended sometime in the mid 1980s when the publication address changed to Los Angeles and the magazine was called California Data-Boy combining all of the state into one periodical. - Abe Books

Attr — Bob Damron '80-84
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1976 1984

Hollywood 'Y' Baths

7661 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
7661 Melrose Ave
90046

Barfly West '73: B. C. P. Y.; Bob Damron '76-84: (P) *

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '76-84
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1973 1975

Y.M.A.C.

7661 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
7661 Melrose Ave
90046

Barfly West '73: B. C. P. Y.

Evolution of the Hollywood 'Y' Baths

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '73-75
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1998 today

Being Alive

7531 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
7531 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

Mission: To end HIV infections by eliminating stigma, engaging people in wellness, removing barriers to care, and restoring dignity.

Established in 1986 by three friends, John Mohr, Ron Rose, and Rick Ewing, Being Alive was created as a response to a need for services free of red tape and bureaucratic entanglement. They saw the need for an organization made up of other people living with HIV and AIDS who would advocate for the HIV/AIDS community from the point of view of those who are infected. Today, Being Alive serves as a beacon of emotional support, treatment education, and empowerment to thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Was previously at a location in Silver Lake.

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1981

L.A. Tool Co.

7610 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
7610 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

(P) (BYOB) * (Wild back room)

Attr — Bob Damron '81
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1982

Moon of Tunis

7445 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
7445 Sunset Blvd
90046

Also known as Moun of Tunis

(M) (N. African) (R)

Opened in 1977 and still in operation today, but only listed in 1982.

Attr — Bob Damron '82
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1976 1984

Sesame & Lilie's

7513 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
7513 Sunset Blvd
90046

(M) (R)

Attr — Gay businesses 1976 list; Bob Damron '77-84
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1971

V.I.P. West

7956 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
7956 Beverly Blvd
90048

(YC) (P) (S)

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1980 today

Pleasure Chest

7733 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
7733 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

* (Leather, "toys," jewelry, erotica, etc.)

Opened May 18, 1980 with an event that featured "live music by the Great American Yankee Freedom Band, champagne punch, fashion show, dancing plus exciting array of prized."

Attr — Bob Damron '81-84; The Voice Vol. 2 No. 10 (May 9, 1980)
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1978 2009

Spike Bar

7746 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
7746 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

Bob Damron '81-82, 84: * (Some W, SM FFA) (Patio) (Cruisy) (D.J. but no D)

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '78-84
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1973 1976

Rendezvous Lounge

7746 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
7746 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

Barfly West '73: D. L. *

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '73-76
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1970 1971

New Generation

7746 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
7746 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

Gay Guide '71: also (C) after hrs.

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Bob Damron '70-71
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1930 1940

Footlight Club

7746 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
7746 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

A nightclub, which featured cross-dressing entertainers, such as male impersonator Tommy Williams.

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1978 1984

Basic Plumbing

725 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
725 N Fairfax Ave
90046

Bob Damron '81-82: (P) (YC- only) ("Wild back room" - no booze); Bob Damron '84: (P-YC) (F S)

Considered a "dry bath."

John Waters recalls that they "had doormen that demanded that customers pull up their shirts before entering and show their stomachs." Once inside, "the booths were bathed in an eerie, red light...and some of the glory hole compartments were made out of clear Plexiglass, not [opaque] wood."

Attr — Bob Damron '80-'84, Mr. Drummer Feb 1979; Water, John "Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder"
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1968 1972

Cork Room

3808 W Slauson Ave, Windsor Hills, CA 90043
3808 W Slauson Ave
90043

(G)

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1980 1983

PX

7818 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
7818 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

(Leather, toys, Jac-Masters)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1981 1982

Jac-Masters

938 N Fairfax Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046
938 N Fairfax Ave
90046

*

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82
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1979 1983

PX

940 N Fairfax Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046
940 N Fairfax Ave
90046

(Leather, etc.) *

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82
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1970 1973

Ark

7832 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
7832 Santa Monica Blvd
90024

Gay Guide '71: (YC) * also (C) after hrs; Barfly West '73: A. F. "For that Xtraordinary Experience!!" "The Unique Coffeehouse"

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73
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1969 1973

Stampede

7832 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
7832 Santa Monica Blvd
90024

Gay Guide '71: (YC) * also (C) after hrs; Barfly West '73: A. F. "For that Xtraordinary Experience!!" "The Unique Coffeehouse"

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '69-73
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1964 1977

Carriage Trade

8077 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
8077 Beverly Blvd
90048

Gay Guide '71: (R) (M) *; Barfly West '73: F. L. M. S.

The first fundraiser for the LGBT-focused political action committee Municipal Elections Committee of Los Angeles (MECLA) was held in the back room of the Carriage Trade restaurant. Nineteen men were invited, and thanks to their contributions 10 of 11 candidates MECLA supported in the Los Angeles election won.

Attr — Guild Guide '64; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '65-77; Clendinen, Dudley "Out For Good: The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America" pp. 356-357
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1972 1974

Key Club Baths

1136 N Fairfax Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046
1136 N Fairfax Ave
90046

Attr — H.E.L.P. Inc Newsletter; Bob Damron '72-74
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1978 today

Beth Chayim Chadashim

6000 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
6000 W Pico Blvd
90035

Founded on April 4, 1972, Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC) was the world's first LGBTQ synagogue. It sought to provide Jewish LGBTQ individuals with an open and accessible place of worship.

Before BCC's creation, the local Jewish LGBTQ community held weekly meetings at the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), a nearby LGBTQ Christian congregation at 22nd Street and Union Avenue.

The name "Beth Chayim Chadashim" was inspired by the MCC's newsletter, "House of New Life." After members of the BCC congregation voted to adopt the name for their synagogue, it was translated and edited into Beth Chayim Chadashim.

The first service for BCC was held on June 9, 1972 in congregation member Jerry Gordon's home. 

By its second year, members of the sixty-member congregation began to experience tension over the synagogue's direction. Conflicts arose over how closely the congregation should adhere to tradition and whether membership should be extended to heterosexual individuals. Of particular concern was that fewer than half of the members were women.

In an effort to create a more amiable environment for lesbian and bisexual women, the BCC became the first congregation to create a prayer book with gender-neutral languge, as opposed to one where God is referred to solely in the male form. 

In 1973, a fire destroyed the MCC building on where the congregation was holding services. Beth Chayim Chadashim relocated to 6000 West Pico Boulevard in 1978. In 2005, the synagogue moved down the street to 6090 West Pico Boulevard.

Attr — Los Angeles Conservancy; BCC
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1973 1984

Au Petit Joint

7953 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
7953 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

(M) (French R) (Wine only)

Attr — In Touch '73; Vector, '75, Bob Damron '81-84
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1979 1989

Carriage Trade

8225 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
8225 Beverly Blvd
90048
Attr — Bob Damron '79-89, Gayellow Pages 1979
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1981 1984

Carriage Trade

8225 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
8225 Beverly Blvd
90048

(R) (Mixed bag*)

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82, 84
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1979 1995

Peanuts

7969 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
7969 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

Bob Damron '79-84: (Disco) (D) (WE*) (Many L)

Peanuts started out as a lesbian nightclub but became mixed with a little of everything. It had two bars, pool table, mid-sized dance floor in front of floor to ceiling mirrors. It hosted nights from different promoters, catering to many different crowds from the LGBTQ community.

Attr — Bob Damron '79-84; 1988 17 March "Out of Step," LA Times;
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1980 1985

Buck Rogers' Happenings

7985 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 109, Los Angeles, CA 90024
7985 Santa Monica Blvd
90024

Robert L. Rogers was a public relations man who, along with Sydney Barbaro, decided to start a magazine to help gays communicate. It listed events, meetings for gays and their parents, and other support activities.

The June 1985 issue includes a final statement from Rogers, who died from AIDS in 1985.

Attr — Bob Damron '84, "Robert Rogers; Publisher of Gay Magazine," LA Times, 9 June 1985.
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1974 2015

French Quarter Market Place

7985 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
7985 Santa Monica Blvd
90024

(R) (Lunches & AH) *

Part of the Louisiana Purchase shopping center and opened by restauranteur Arthur J.

"This building is famed in gay circles as a gathering place for political and social activists. The restaurant’s support for the gay community during the AIDS crisis has not been forgotten by long-time residents. Members of the Municipal Elections Committee of Los Angeles (MECLA), a political action committee [that raised money to support gay-friendly candidates] in the 1970s, met at [and kept a small office above] the French Market to raise money that supported gay-friendly candidates. It also is where Jerry Brown in 1991 met with gay activists to solicit their support for his candidacy for president."

Veteran LGBTQ journalist Karen Ocamb notes that the French Quarter “was also the jumping off or come-back point for lots of LGBT political events and a refuge for those needing a break from AIDS protests.” She further reports that the restaurant was crucial in community support for Rob Roberts’ hunger strike on the grassy triangle nearby to urge Gov. Pete Wilson to sign the gay civil rights bill, AB 101."

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82, 84; Bishop, "The French Market's Story," Wehoville 2016; Ocamb, "WeHo French Market Place Memories," Frontiers Media 2015
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1973 1974

Nero's

7994 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
7994 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

Barfly West '73: D. E. L.

Became Rusty Nail in 1974

Attr — Barfly West '73, Bob Damron '74
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1982 1984

The Nail

7994 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
7994 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

Bob Damron '84: * (W, YC) (Cruisy)

Attr — Bob Damron '83-'84
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1974 1982

Rusty Nail

7994 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
7994 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

Bob Damron '81-82: * (Some W) (YC) (D.J. but no D)

Attr — Contact Gay Newspaper and Guide, 25 December 1974; Bob Damron '81-82
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1968 1971

Le Tom Cat

7994 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
7994 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

Gay Guide '71: (D)

Attr — Magpie Jan '68, Gay Guide '71
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1973

Ryan's

1358 E Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90002
1358 E Century Blvd
90002

E. L. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1984

The Leather Game

8250 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048
8250 Melrose Ave
90048

(Clothes)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1973

Dove's Cove

5813 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
5813 Washington Blvd
90232

D. E. F. L M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1970 1973

Atlas Club

8344 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
8344 Beverly Blvd
90048

B. C. P.

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73
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1965 1987

Theodore's

8171 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
8171 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

(M) (R)
Old-fashioned diner / coffee shop listed in Bob Damron guide.

Especially after Schwab's Drug Store closed, Theodore's became a stomping ground for local celebs. People remember seeing John Lennon drop by, as well as Robert De Niro. Later in the 70's, a young Robin Williams and John Ritter used to stop by following their morning comedy classes.

The restaurant became the "Silver Spoon" in 1987

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1968 1977

Orlando Baths

309 S Orlando Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048
309 S Orlando Ave
90048

B. C. P.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1979 1984

County Seat

8228 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
8228 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

Bob Damron '81: (R); Bob Damron '82: (Cruise bar) (PT) (Looks promising); Bob Damron '84: (Cruisy) (PT) *

Owned by Maurice Walker

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82, 84; Data Boy '79; The Voice 1980
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1982 1984

Gold Coast

8228 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
8228 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

Bob Damron '82: (Cruise bar) (PT) (Looks promising); Bob Damron '84: (Cruisy) (PT) *

Attr — Bob Damron '82-84
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1976 1980

Lillian's

8228 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
8228 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

Attr — Bob Damron '76-80
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1970 1971

Basilica

1809 W 88th St, Los Angeles, CA 90047
1809 W 88th St
90047

(S) (G) also (C) after hours

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1976 1995

The Numbers

8029 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
8029 Sunset Blvd
90046

Bob Damron '81-82: (R) *; Bob Damron '84: (R) (OC) (Hustlers) *

Owned by Donald E. Cook, who also owned Ah Men clothing store at 8900 Santa Monica Blvd.

“You know what I miss? What was the name of that ludicrous gay bar? It used to be on the corner of Sunset and…You walked down the staircase and it was all old game show hosts with wigs—and violent hustlers. It’s long gone but you could find out the name. It was hilarious. I miss that place. The parking lot was in the back and to get in you had to walk down a mirrored circular staircase so everybody saw you. It was very John Rechy, very City of Night. It was old school Boys in the Bandgame show hosts with crooked wigs and violent rough trade. It was a kind of really a lovely atmosphere that I miss.” - John Waters

Attr — Bob Damron '78-84
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1960 2019

Book Circus / Circus of Books

8230 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
8230 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

(Books - open 24 hrs.) *

Circus of Books was a bookstore and gay pornography shop owned by Karen and Barry Mason, with locations in West Hollywood and Silver lake. As notable Los Angeles gay cruising spots of the late 20th Century, both locations are now considered important sites of Los Angeles' gay history.

This store is in the heart of what was once West Hollywood’s “Vaseline Alley,” a parking lot and alley where gay men cruised for sex.

“There was a lot of activity in the alley behind our store,” Mason said. “People would meet each other here, and even though we, as owners, kept out of it, it was definitely a pickup spot. I think when Circus of Books opened, this was such a special place for people who were gay or were trying to come out or feel comfortable.”

A documentary on the store, filmed by the Masons' daughter Rachel Mason, is in production.

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82, 84; WeHoVille
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1984 1986

Pierre's

8265 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
8265 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

Bob Damron '84: * (C, W-Disco-D)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1980 1981

L.A. Bar

8265 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
8265 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

Bob Damron '81: (Disco) (D) (PT) (WE*)

Attr — Bob Damron '81
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1981 1984

Nu Town Saloon

8265 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
8265 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

Bob Damron '82: * (PT) (C&W) (Disco & live bands) (R); Bob Damron '84: * (C&W-Disco-D)

Attr — Bob Damron '82-84; 16 January 1981, The Voice
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1981 1982

Old Barn

8257 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
8257 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

("Wild back room")

Attr — Bob Damron '81
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1927 1959

Garden of Allah Hotel

8152 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
8152 Sunset Blvd
90046

Residential hotel and bungalow colony built by lesbian silent film star Alla Nazimova. Welcomed unmarried guests, known for parties.

Nazimova was bisexual and famous in Hollywood for her women-only pool parties at the estate on Sunday afternoons.

"Part of the party at Alla’s Garden involved the Sapphic scene of that era – which she referred to as the “Sewing Circle,” a group of lesbian and bisexual entertainment industry women who lived secret lives. There was Jean Acker, a motorcycle-riding actress who was Rudolph Valentino’s first beard/wife. Acker later lived openly with lover and former Ziegfeld Follies girl Chloe Carter. Other notable women in Alla’s life: Dorothy Arzner (who just so happens to have the largest body of studio film work of any female director to this day), actress Eva Le Gallienne, Oscar Wilde’s niece Dolly Wilde, the writer Mercedes de Acosta, and theatrical benefactor Glesca Marshall who lived with Nazimova at the Garden of Allah until Nazimova’s death in 1945." - Stuart Timmons

Attr — Mapping Gay L.A.; AllaNazimova.com; Stuart Timmons LGBTQ Tour
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1971 1972

Bar-B-Que Heaven

163 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
163 N La Cienega Blvd
90211

(R) (M)

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1964 1977

B.J.'s

2692 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
2692 S La Cienega Blvd
90034

Gay Guide '71: also (C) after hours; Barfly West '73: A. E. M.

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '68-77
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1978 1984

Manhandler

2692 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
2692 S La Cienega Blvd
90034

aka Manhandler Saloon

Bob Damron: (PT) (R - AH - WE) (Some SM, W, FFA)

Attr — Bob Damron '78-84
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1970

Kelly's Kick

8171 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
8171 Sunset Blvd
90046

(D)

Attr — Lulu Awards 1970, Gay Guide '71
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1965 1986

The Westside

6112 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
6112 Venice Blvd
90034

Barfly West '73: A. D. F. L. M. *; Bob Damron '65-83: * (R) (D) (Open for lunch - Patio - good days)

Also known as Westside Room

"Nude male waiters is the latest gimic [sic] of The Westside restaurant" - Camp Ink

Attr — Camp Ink June '71; H.E.L.P. Newsletter '71; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '65-83; SCGBA 1986
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1976 1985

Odyssey

8471 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
8471 Beverly Blvd
90048

(YC) (Disco) (D) (Juice bar - no booze) (AH*)

Very popular all-ages (sometimes 18+) discotheque, featuring local DJ Chuck E. Starr. Odyssey opened as a gay club, but the clientele became more mixed every night.

The club was owned by the notorious Eddie Nash (Wonderland Murders), and was purportedly burned down by him to collect insurance money.

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82, 84
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1972 1974

Quickie Theatre

8325 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
8325 Santa Monica Blvd
90046

also listed as 8235 Santa Monica Blvd

Barfly West: C. T.

A listing in September 1974 advertised all male films 10 am to 5 am

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1974 1979

After Dark

365 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood CA 90048
365 N La Cienega Blvd
90048

Was considered an ethnically mixed discotheque.

Attr — Bob Damron '74-79, Gay L.A. pp. 286
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1965 1976

Gino's

8452 Melrose Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90069
8452 Melrose Pl
90069

A. C. D. F. P. Y.

"When police came to raid, an advance warning system would change the music to "The Star Spangled Banner," which effectively ended dancing."

Attr — Barfly West '73; Faderman, Lillian and Stuart Timmons, Gay L.A. pp. 84, Bob Damron '65-78
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1972 1974

Oliver

365 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048
365 N La Cienega Blvd
90048

F. L. M. *

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1947 2008

Coronet Theatre

366 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048
366 N La Cienega Blvd
90048

C. T.

Opened August 16, 1947 by Frieda Berkoff, a member of a famous Russian dancing family. Also called Coronet Louvre film museum.

The Coronet was a long-time center of gay entertainment — and some very daring art shows — but were not exclusively gay. The Coronet was raided several times in the ’50s for showing such gay art films as Kenneth Anger’s Fireworks, Genet’s Un Chant D’Amour or Flaming Creatures.

In December 1968 the Coronet was the venue for the west coast premiere of John Herbert's "Fortune and Men's Eyes," directed by Sal Mineo. The regular run opened January 1969 and ran until July.

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '73; Kepner, Jim, "Gay Los Angeles: The Early Days," 1998
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1982

Marty's

8657 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
8657 W Pico Blvd
90035

(M) (R)

Attr — Bob Damron '82
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1970 1974

Bitter End West

8409 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8409 Santa Monica Blvd
90069

D. E. F. L. M. *

The Bitter End, for more than a decade one of New York's most successful night spots, opened a Los Angeles branch on Monday, November 23, 1970.

- The Valley News, Van Nuys, California

Attr — Barfly West '73; Zipper, 1971; Action, 1972
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1971 1987

Garden District

747 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069
747 N La Cienega Blvd
90069

F. L. S. *

Attr — Barfly West '73; Gay Guide '71; Bob Damron '71-84; Orange Coast Magazine Oct 1987
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1968 1971

Cabaret

940 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069
940 N La Cienega Blvd
90069

(R) (E) (Looks promising)

Became jazz club "The City" from 1972-1974

Attr — Bob Damron '68-71, Billboard 29 April 1972
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1975 1983

Cabaret

940 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069
940 N La Cienega Blvd
90069

(R) (E) (Looks promising)

Cabaret was open 1968-1971, then became jazz club "The City" from 1972-1974.

Attr — Bob Damron '75-'83
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1980 1984

Rogues

8477 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8477 Santa Monica Blvd
90069

(P) (Jacuzzi, sauna)

Attr — Bob Damron '80-84
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1967 1971

Ciro's

8433 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, California 90069
8433 Sunset Boulevard
90069

Ciro's nightclub on the Strip, which had long been shuttered, reopened as a gay venue featuring the young female impersonator Jim Bailey. Sunday’s hosted gay tea dances – and one of the first places where men were allowed to dance together.

Advertised in The Voice, 1970

Attr — Faderman, Lillian and Stuart Timmons, Gay L.A. pp. 150, Nesteroff, Kliph, The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy
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1940 1957

Ciro's

8433 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8433 Sunset Blvd
90069

Permitted gay customers to cruise as long as they behaved with discretion. Female impersonator as MC.

Attr — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciro's
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1973 1977

3rd St. Athletic Club

8709 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
8709 W 3rd St
90048

Barfly West '73: B. P.

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '73-76
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1978 1985

8709 Club Baths

8709 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
8709 W 3rd St
90048

Barfly West '73: B. P.; Bob Damron '82: (P) (Referral necessary) (YC) (Some W, SM) *; Bob Damron '84: (P) (YC-only) *

"Became the most legendary of Los Angeles' bathhouses. Though located on an inconspicuous street corner, on the inside of the 8709 there was an elaborate maze, much black paint, and rooms large and small. According to legend, closeted actors entered through a secret door that led to an unlit, anonymous orgy room. The 8709 also attracted an endless stream of blonde surfer types who migrated, erotically charged, from the disco down the street. One customer of the 8709 reminisces about being 'fortunate enough to go there,' and recalls how he was always amazed by the beautiful men.' Another remembers 'walking through the large orgy room that was packed so tight with bodies you couldn't move.' Because the ground floor backed onto a deli, 8709 customers could order food through a small window, precluding any need to leave." (Gay L.A.)

Extremely discriminatory, many stories of rejection due to age and weight.

Sheldon Andelson, millionaire attorney and businessman, owned the 8709. It was a financially lucrative business; nevertheless, he closed the bathhouse in May 1985 to avoid the connection being outed by the press (a KCBS expose was in the works) during the height of public scrutiny of bathhouses.

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '82, 84; GLBTHistory.org; Faderman, Lillian and Stuart Timmons, Gay L.A. (UC Press, 2006)
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1977 1980

Pleasure Chest

8549 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8549 Santa Monica Blvd
90069

* (Leather, "toys," jewelry, erotica, etc.)

Reopened in 1980 at 7733 Santa Monica Blvd

Attr — Bob Damron '77-'80
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1981 1985

Bodycenter

8711 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
8711 W 3rd St
90048

(Nautilus gym)

Attr — Bob Damron '81-84
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1973

Cricket Club

10514 Long Beach Blvd, Lynwood, CA 90262
10514 Long Beach Blvd
90262

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1965 2013

The Palms

8572 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8572 Santa Monica Blvd
90069

Bob Damron '81-82: (M) (R) (L- late); Bob Damron ;84: (R) (L-only*)

Was the oldest continuously-running lesbian bar in Southern California. Open since the 1960s, the Palms has hosted celebrities including Jim Morrison, Tom Waits, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi and Melissa Etheridge, the LA Weekly reports.

Gay historian Lillian Faderman, who along with Stuart Timmons wrote the book “Gay L. A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics and Lipstick Lesbians,” said it was the most glamorous lesbian bar she’d ever seen.

“Everyone looked like a Hollywood starlet. Everyone was so glamorous,” Faderman said. “Many of the women were wearing blond wigs. It was such a contrast to the working class bars I knew.”

While the bar initially attracted gay and lesbian patrons, it wasn’t officially a lesbian bar until 1965, when Butch Gottlieb and Jack Froman (owners of the Four-Star bar, which ultimately became Micky’s) bought the property.

Attr — Bob Damron '77-84; LA Weekly May 2013; "Historic lesbian bar The Palms set to close in West Hollywood," LA Times May 8 2013.
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1979 1993

Sports Connection

8612 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8612 Santa Monica Blvd
90069

Gym

Attr — Bob Damron '82, 84, LA Time (various dates)
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1973

Last Chance

8866 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
8866 W Pico Blvd
90035

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1973

Amber Light

1314 Potrero Grande Dr, Rosemead, CA 91770
1314 Potrero Grande Dr
91770

D. M. *

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1980 1982

Imre-Gordon, Inc.

8680 Melrose Ave, Suite 3, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8680 Melrose Ave
90069

(Electrolysis*)

Attr — Bob Damron '80-82
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1991 1999

Little Frida's

8730 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8730 Santa Monica Blvd
90069

Well-known lesbian coffee house. Featured in Ellen's coming out episode.

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1984

Patio Cafe

450 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048
450 N Robertson Blvd
90048

(M) (R)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1971 1980

The Lesbian Tide

8855 Cattaraugus Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034
8855 Cattaraugus Ave
90034

The Lesbian Tide (1971-1980) was a lesbian periodical published in the United States by the Los Angeles chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. It was the first lesbian periodical in the US to reach a national audience and the first US magazine to use the word "lesbian" in the title.

Jeanne Cordova was the founder.

Attr — SurveyLA: LGBT Historic Context Statement
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1936 1939

Jane Jones Little Club

8730 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8730 Sunset Blvd
90069

Lesbian-centric nightclub raided by the Vice Squad September 1939 for selling liquor after hours, and was shut down.

Faderman and Timmons describe the womens’ nightclub as “in the tradition of the upscale nightclub, and they promoted an exotic glamour, much like the lesbian bars of Weimar Berlin.” Jones, they said, “was a big woman with a basso profundo voice who’d been a singer in movie musicals.”

Attr — Faderman, Lillian and Stuart Timmons, Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics and Lipstick Lesbians, UC Press, 2006
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1981 1984

Bodycenter

703 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
703 N San Vicente Blvd
90069

(Nautilus gym)

Attr — Bob Damron '82
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1936 1942

Tess's

8711 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8711 Sunset Blvd
90069

Also known as Tess's Continental and Tess's Café Internationale.

"When Your urge’s mauve, [go to] Tess's Café International on Sunset Boulevard. The location offered supper, drinks, and the ability to watch boy-girls who necked and sulked and little girl customers who… look like boys." from How to Sin in Hollywood, 1940

Cafe Internationale was owned and operated by Elmer and Tess Wheeler and catered to women. Cafe Internationale offered cross-dressing performers, but these singers were women dressed in male drag — two who were quite well-known then were billed as Tommy Williams and Jimmy Renard. According to Faderman, Marlene Dietrich was in the crowd at Cafe Internationale when Tommy Williams performed one night.

As a result of the Navy ban in 1942, state authorities revoked the liquor license for Cafe Internationale. Owner Elmer Wheeler sued in 1942 to have the license reinstated, but he died that December and the club closed for good. His widow Tess opened another club later and became a fixture, along with her partner Sylvia Reiff (who was said to look like Radclyffe Hall), in the burgeoning Los Angeles lesbian scene after the war.

Attr — "1942: Navy Bans Gay Clubs," Playground to the Stars, 2019; Faderman, Lillian and Stuart Timmons, Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics and Lipstick Lesbians, UC Press, 2006, pp. 87.
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1979 1982

Blue Parrot

8851 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8851 Santa Monica Blvd
90069

Bob Damron '79-82: (D.J. but no D) (Cruisy) (YC) *

Many queer bars, which could not really exist officially, or they’d get shut down, used code names. Often the first word of the bar’s name was a color, and the second word was a bird. This was known as the “bird circuit” – you could visit any urban area in the country and usually find a “Blue Parrot” or a “Purple Parrot” or a “Black Swan” or such like.

Attr — Bob Damron '79-82; Jenn, Jason, The Stuart Timmons City of West Hollywood LGBTQ History Mobile Tour
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1982 2004

Revolver

8851 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8851 Santa Monica Blvd
90069

Bob Damron '84: (D.J. but no D) (Video)

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82
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2005 2011

East West Lounge

8851 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
8851 Santa Monica Blvd.
90069

Gay bar and lounge with "The Tequila Room"

More info
2011 today

Revolver

8851 Santa Monica Blvd; West Hollywood, California 90069
8851 Santa Monica Blvd; West Hollywood
90069

"Proudly Gay Owned and Operated, Revolver Video Bar has been a staple in West Hollywood Boys Town for over 30 years."

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1977 1983

Sports Locker

8853 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8853 Santa Monica Blvd
90069

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82; @jonandre comment at flickr link
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1990 2009

A Different Light

8853 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8853 Santa Monica Blvd
90069

The first A Different Light Bookstore opened at 4014 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles' Silver Lake neighborhood in October 1979, followed by a branch in New York City's Greenwich Village in 1983 and a branch in San Francisco's Castro (489 Castro St.) district in 1985. In May 1990, a second Los Angeles store opened at 8853 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood. Supplanted by the West Hollywood store, the original store in Silver Lake closed in 1992.

At its height, the chain was one of the most influential LGBT booksellers in the United States, serving as a cultural hub and social center for LGBT people.

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1958 1984

Four Star Saloon

8857 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8857 Santa Monica Blvd
90069

Barfly West '73: F. L. M. R. *; Bob Damron '81-82: (R) (PT) (Large island bar) *; Bob Damron '84: (R) (C W) (PT)

In the book Under the Rainbow (edited by Chris Freeman), the actor John Carlyle mentions that singer Johnnie Ray and actor Clifton Webb, both lavender lads, often “had to be helped off their bar stools at closing time.” He adds that composer Leonard Bernstein, while a married man in New York, he was quite queer out here in West Hollywood. He’d come to the Four Star Saloon “in evening clothes after a concert and ogled hustlers.”

Attr — Guild Guide '64; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '81-82, 84
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1961 1985

Ah Men

8900 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8900 Santa Monica Blvd
90069

Gay Men's Clothing Store owned by Donald E. Cook (who also owned Numbers Bar and Restaurant at 8029 Sunset))

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1988 2000

ONE Institute / International Gay Lesbian Archive (IGLA)

626 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
626 N Robertson Blvd
90069

1988: IGLA moves to a space owned by the City of West Hollywood at 626 North Robertson Boulevard (the current location of the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum).

1994: W. Dorr Legg dies. ONE Inc. merges with the IGLA and becomes primarily an LGBTQ archive; the organization refers to itself as ONE Institute and ONE Institute/IGLA.

1997: Jim Kepner dies.

2000: ONE Institute/IGLA moves to its current location at 909 West Adams Boulevard provided by the University of Southern California.

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1989 today

June Mazer Lesbian Archives

626 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
626 N Robertson Blvd
90069

The Archives, originally called the West Coast Lesbian Collections, was founded in Oakland California, in 1981. Six years later it was moved to Los Angeles by Connexxus Women’s Center/Centro de Mujeres. The Archives acquired its present name after the death of June Mazer, in honor of her work as a community activist and invaluable supporter of the Archives.

The June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives remains the only archive on this side of the continent that is dedicated exclusively to preserving lesbian history and to guaranteeing that those who come after us will not have to believe that they “walk alone.” The Archives is committed to gathering and preserving materials by and about lesbians and feminists of all classes, ethnicities, races and experiences. Included are personal letters and scrapbooks, artwork, manuscripts, books, records, newspapers, magazines, photographs, videotapes, flyers, papers of lesbian and feminist organizations, private papers, and even clothing, such as softball uniforms from the 1940s and 50s.

Hundreds of lesbians and feminists have been inspired to donate artifacts of their personal and collective histories. The Archives encourages all lesbians to deposit the everyday mementos of your lives so that others can discover them in the future. The privacy of any donor is protected to whatever extent she desires.

In 1989, the archives earned 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and received donated space from the City of West Hollywood, where it remains today.

- Lillian Faderman

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1980 1982

Phoenix

807 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
807 N San Vicente Blvd
90069

(P) (Physical fitness center)

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1965 1970

Tangents Magazine

3473 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90068
3473 Cahuenga Blvd
90068

Don Slater began Tangents Magazine after splitting from ONE Magazine and Bill ambert (W. Dorr Legg). The magazine had money troubles and was only pubished 1965-1970.

Attr — https://www.laconservancy.org/sites/default/files/files/documents/LGBT%20Historic%20Context%209-14%20%28FINAL%29.pdf
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1983 today

Rage

8911 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8911 Santa Monica Blvd
90069

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1984

Iron Works

8764 Holloway Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8764 Holloway Dr
90069

(Gym) *

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1976 1981

Drake's Coffee Shop

8919 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8919 Santa Monica Blvd
90069

(M) (R)

Attr — Bob Damron '81
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1977 1983

Hilldale Coffee Shop

8919 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8919 Santa Monica Blvd
90069

(M) (R)

Attr — Bob Damron '77-'83
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1979 1986

Unicorn Book Store

8940 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8940 Santa Monica Blvd
90069

*

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82, 84
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1978 1980

Rascals

8944 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8944 Santa Monica Blvd
90069

Bob Damron '80: (Blew it earlier, but picking up again) (WE); Bob Damron '81-82: (Cruisy) *

Address listed differs from address printed on matchbook

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1967 1977

Por Favor

8944 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8944 Santa Monica Blvd
90069

Barfly West '73: F. L. M. S. *

Frequented by Judy Garland, who was known to occasionally stand up, wave at the crowd, and affectionately call, “Hi fags!”

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '70-'77
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1980 today

Motherlode

8944 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8944 Santa Monica Blvd
90069

Attr — Drummer Magazine, Issue 39 (1980); Bob Damron '81-'84
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1994 today

The Abbey

692 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
692 N Robertson Blvd
90069
  • The Abbey itself opened up across the street in 1991 in the location that is now Bossa Nova.
  • When it opened, The Abbey was a coffee shop.
  • According to owner David Cooley, in an interview with Frontiers, the coffee shop got its theme from the stained glass windows found in his business partner’s basement and its name because with just five letters, the “Abbey” could save costs on signage.
  • In 1994, The Abbey moved across the street into the area where the bakery and patio bar are today.
  • In 1995, the Abbey received a beer and wine license, which was sold from out of the bakery.
  • In a WeHoVille profile on the Abbey, This Is West Hollywood publisher Scott Schmidt reminisced that during the 1990’s, “People would bring their books and study,” because it was one of the few places students under 21 could go in West Hollywood at night.
  • In 1997, The Abbey received its first full liquor license.
  • Also in 1997, The Abbey added a back patio area, immediately behind the bakery and patio bar, where the Cabanas and Cabana Bar are located today.  The bar was initially located between the Bar room and back patio but was moved to its current location on the northern wall in a later renovation.
  • In 2001, the area currently occupied by the Abbey’s dance floor was added as a space to host private parties and special events.
  • In 2005, The Abbey would fully take over the International Terra Cotta Building to its full 16,000 square foot configuration.
  • In 2006, Cooley entered a partnership with SBE Enterprises
  • in 2009, LogoTV named The Abbey as “The Best Gay Bar In The World”
  • In 2010, The Abbey converted the private room into its dance floor during the last major renovation.
  • The next year, The Abbey petitioned the City to convert from a restaurant to a nightclub to allow for dancing on its dance floor and smoking in outdoor areas.

Was a meeting place for local branches of AIDS advocacy groups like ACT UP. This marked the beginning of the Abbey's branding as an unofficial headquarters for gay rights advocates. After Proposition Eight passed in 2008, owner David Cooley hired buses to transport protestors downtown. Soon after, he banned bachelorette parties at the bar until gay marriage was legalized.

Attr — This is West Hollywood
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2001 2016

Here Lounge

696 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
696 N Robertson Blvd
90069
  • Here Lounge was opened in 2001 by the owners of New York City’s g lounge.
  • Here Lounge was the first of three New York bar imports to West Hollywood. The other two: Don’t Tell Mamma and Flaming Saddles.
  • California’s Alcoholic Beverages Commission suspended Here Lounge’s license for a month in 2013 for violations of the entertainment and employee attire regulations in a sting that also hit other nearby gay and lesbian establishments including Micky’s.

Acquired by The Abbey's David Cooley in 2016 to become The Chapel at The Abbey.

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1996 2000

The Fire House

696 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
696 N Robertson Blvd
90069

Los Angeles club veterans April LaRue, Victor Vargas and Josh Wells created the Fire House. The owners, who have stakes in such various clubs as the Opium Den and the Men’s Room, gutted a former retail outlet and created a fiery, hell-like motif, complete with torches flanking the entrance and blood-red walls. Predominantly gay club with dance floor.

Purchased in 2000 by owners of NYC's g lounge to become Here Lounge.

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1973

Ruby Rue Saloon

1103 N La Brea Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302
1103 N La Brea Ave
90302

D. E. M.

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1984 1994

Rose Tattoo

665 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
665 N Robertson Blvd
90069

(M) (R) *

Attr — Bob Damron '84-94
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1965 1975

Corner Pocket

8800 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8800 Sunset Blvd
90069

Gay Guide '71: Hip (YC) *; Barfly West '73: M

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1937 1940

Club Bali

8804 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8804 Sunset Blvd
90069

Also known as Café Bali.

Its walls were decorated by a Disney artist, the waiters wore red sarongs. The Bali was covertly known as a “gay spot” but advertised itself as the “it bar” for everybody – one write-up described it as perfect for the “partially potted.”

At the Bali nightclub the gay composer and singer Bruz Fletcher, whom the newspapers described as a favorite of nightclub-hopping film stars, entertained the cognoscenti with gay double entendres in songs such as “Bring Me A Lei from Hawaii”, “Keep an eye on His Business”, and “The Simple Things.”

In 1935 it was the Three Star Club, and raided for selling liquor after hours. By the spring 1937 through spring 1939, it was “Bali,” a tropical-themed café-nightspot popular with the Hollywood film crowd, who crammed in to hear its featured singer, Bruz Fletcher (B. Stoughton Fletcher). In 1941-1942 it was Club Society and raided a couple of times for liquor violations.

Attr — Gay LA pp. 44, Los Angeles Guide, 1941
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1991 1994

The Abbey

685 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
685 N Robertson Blvd
90069
  • The Abbey opened up in 1991 in the location that is now Bossa Nova.
  • When it opened, The Abbey was a coffee shop.
  • According to owner David Cooley, in an interview with Frontiers, the coffee shop got its theme from the stained glass windows found in his business partner’s basement and its name because with just five letters, the “Abbey” could save costs on signage.
  • In 1994, The Abbey moved across the street into the area where the bakery and patio bar are today.

Cooley said, "I would market it by going down to the Log Cabin [Alcoholics Anonymous] down the street and, you know, "Come up for coffee!" I would also just get a lot of good-looking guys to hang out there and buy them coffee and cake for the night. And people started noticing that it was a really attractive crowd in there. It had a good three-year run. Then I had the opportunity to move to where we are now, across the street, to this terra-cotta statuary business."

Attr — This Is West Hollywood
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1982 1986

Greenery Cafe

8945 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8945 Santa Monica Blvd
90069

(M) (R)

Attr — Bob Damron '82-84, SCGBA 1986
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1939 1957

Café Gala

8795 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8795 Sunset Blvd
90069

Café Gala was opened in 1939 by Baroness Catherine d’ Erlinger, “a titled Englishwoman with bohemian tastes and the case to exercise them.” Like the “pansy clubs,” this club attracted the Hollywood’s smart set regardless of sexuality. Beverly Alber, a singer at the Gala, remembers it as a "marvelous gay supper club where straights came to see the entertainment." Cole Porter, Lena Horne, Christopher Isherwood, and Judy Garland were among its patrons. It was treated no differently than other clubs by the gossip columnists. It survived frequent crackdowns on the Sunset Strip, and was rarely raided.

“Not that it advertised itself as a gay bar or even had an exclusively gay patronage,” says David Hanna, “but a gay bar it essentially was.”

While the Gala’s bar area catered to gay men, a well-enforced dress code and other general rules of decorum were engineered by the Gala's proprietor and resident singer and proprietor Johnny Walsh: everyone had to face front, and physical contact beyond a handshake was verboten. Walsh himself was a homosexual, and the constant companion of Gala’s owner.

Café Gala “epitomizes both the social scene and the status of homosexuals within the industry of immediate post-Code Hollywood. With a veneer of ‘respectability’ – a façade that could not be overly identified as ‘queer’ or ‘deviant’ – both the Gala and the gays within the studio structure could thrive.”

It was the swankiest, gay-upholstered Venetian-themed club on the Coast…a “very chic” bar with a “startling view of the city lights twinkling below” … It has the obvious touch of a décor called “early homosexual.” [While its address was Sunset Blvd, it actually stood one building up on the hill on Horn Ave.]

Jimmy Dolan purchased the Gala in 1948, and Walsh stayed until 1951.

Attr — Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969 pp. 147-8; Open Secret: Gay Hollywood, 1928-2000 pp. 39; Gay L.A. pp. 47
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1964 1973

Cinematheque 16

8816 1/2 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8816 1/2 Sunset Blvd
90069

C. T.

16mm theater in a storefront owned by exploitation film producer Robert Lippert. The theater screened psychedelic, experimental, and underground films that catered to the counter-culture centered on the Strip. By mid-1969 Cinematheque 16 had become a porno operation.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1974 1993

Studio One

652 N La Peer Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069
652 N La Peer Dr
90069

"Studio One Disco Nightclub in West Hollywood was one of the most iconic discos in Los Angeles. Open from 1974-1993, it was one of the longest-lasting establishments of the disco era. Located at 652 LaPeer Drive in West Hollywood, it was open seven days a week from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and touted itself “L.A.’s Biggest and Best!” The owner, Scott Forbes, had a clear vision for the Studio that made it the glamorous and exclusive place it was. Complete with erotic dancers, Cabaret, "Backlot" entertainment, theme parties, dining and theater, the Studio was a fixture of the Los Angeles gay scene. It was often visited by gay celebrities or celebrities with gay affiliations such as disco singer Sylvester, prominent gay politician Sheldon Andelson, and others. The club remains an important part of the historical world of gay Los Angeles."

For most gay men living outside West Hollywood, Studio One represented bigotry, racism and sexism. Scott Forbes, its owner, wanted to limit the number of gay men of color and women. His doormen used every racist excuse possible to keep black gay men out, requiring two or three pieces of photo ID from African Americans and none or one piece from white men. To limit the number of women, excuses were made up on the spot based on what they were wearing, like no open-toe shoes. Rather than being a beacon of pride, countless gay community protests were held there. For most conscious gay and lesbian people of that period, Studio One stood for racist discrimination and white male privilege.

The building has been approved to be demolished, despite efforts made to preserve the original building by establishing it as a historical cultural building.

Attr — one.usc.edu; Bob Damron '76-'80: (PT) (D); Bob Damron '81: * (YC) (Disco) (D) (E in 'Backlot') (R) (L.A.'s 'top' super bar) (Cabaret - several bars); Bob Damron '82: * (YC) (Disco) (D) (E); Bob Damron '84: (YC) (Disco (D) *
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1984

La Petit Marmite

8828 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8828 Sunset Blvd
90069

(M) (French) (R)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1980 1989

International Male

9000 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
9000 Santa Monica Blvd
90069

(Clothing)

Attr — Bob Damron '81-84, West Hollywood Scene 1989
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1967 1986

Propinquity

8915 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8915 Santa Monica Blvd
90069

This retail store for novelties together with a related mail order business was operated by John Geiger and his brother Dudley.

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1984

La Masia

9077 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
9077 Santa Monica Blvd
90069

Bob Damron '84: (M) (PE) (Spanish) (R)

Attr — Bob Damron '84; Ferraris 94-95
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1973

Vagabond

315 E Florence Ave, Inglewood, CA 90301
315 E Florence Ave
90301

D. L. M. *

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1940 1943

Chez Boheme

8950 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8950 Sunset Blvd
90069

The star attraction at Chez Boheme was Rae Bourbon, a female impersonator and one of the last big stars of the Prohibition era “Pansy Craze.” In June of 1942, the Navy took the unusual action of placing this, and 30 bars and nightclubs across the city off limits to sailors.

"Karyl Norman, who performed under the guise of various Hollywood actresses at La Boheme, also on Sunset Boulevard. The Hollywood Reporter spotted William Haines and Joan Crawford in the audience to see Norman’s takeoff on Crawford as Sade Thompson in late 1932. Variety called Norman “a true artiste”, and singled out his backup performer, La Verde, who did “a mean rumba and is plenty of ‘hot cha’ when it comes to appearance.”

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1970 1975

Elmer's Bar

3913 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91505
3913 W Olive Ave
91505

A. E. K. M.

Attr — Advocate July 1970; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Gay Guide '75
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1971

Finnochio's of Hollywood

9105 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
9105 Sunset Blvd
90069

(S)

(ed. note: Possibly spelled incorrectly in source material? Possibly related to Finocchio's Club in San Francisco?)

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1968 1973

Viking

3819 Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505
3819 Riverside Dr
91505

Gay Guide '71: also (C) after hours; Barfly West '73: M

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1969 1975

Black Pipe

2440 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
2440 S La Cienega Blvd
90034

K

Los Angeles police raid a H.E.L.P. (Homophile Effort for Legal Protection) monthly fundraiser at the Black Pipe, a major leather bar. Among the 22 arrested: HELP president Larry Townsend. The police are surprised when the organization fights back. Some consider this the West Coast Stonewall.

Attr — Townsend, Larry, "The Black Pipe Bar Raid: The Inside Story," Vector Oct. 1972; Advocate, September, 1969; The gay guide, 1971; Action, 1972-73; Barfly [Western edition], 1973; The gay guide, 1975; Out For Good: The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America pp.78
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1969 1990

Corral Club Baths

3747 Cahuenga Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
3747 Cahuenga Blvd
91604

Gay Guide '71: (YC) (P) *; Barfly West '73: B. C. P. W. *; Bob Damron '69-83: (P) (YC) *

On January 10, 1988, the LAPD raided the Melrose Baths, arresting three patrons for “lewd conduct.” Between January 17th and 22nd, officers likewise raided the Corral Club, the Compound, and again the Melrose Baths. “Clearly, no one should think that these actions are isolated from the AIDS-hysterical decision recently made by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to give broader powers to the County Department of Health Services to close the bathhouses at their discretion,” commented the newsletter of the Los Angeles chapter of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power. Such raids were the most explicit example of the state’s use of repressive methods to attempt to control the spread of AIDS.

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '69-83; De Orio, Scott, "Punishing Queer Sexuality in the Age of LGBT Rights" pp. 264
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1973 1974

El Poquito

10842 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
10842 Ventura Blvd
91604

F. R.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1973

Saloon

10848 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
10848 Ventura Blvd
91604

G. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1968 1972

Pat's Lantern

10848 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
10848 Ventura Blvd
91604

G.

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1965 1977

Valli Haus

11012 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11012 Ventura Blvd
91604

F. L. M. *; (in litigation 1977)

Also published as Valli House

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73
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1970 1971

Purple Hag

11059 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11059 Ventura Blvd
91604

A. E. F. R. *

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1980 1981

Attitudes

11100 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11100 Ventura Blvd
91604

(R) (Liquor)

Attr — Bob Damron '81
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1983

Safari

11100 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11100 Ventura Blvd
91604

(R) (Liquor)

Attr — Bob Damron '83
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1955 1974

Star Room

12707 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90061
12707 S Main St
90061

Located between Watts and Gardena in an unincorporated portion of Los Angeles County, this was a “cruising bar” that attracted a more pink-collar clientele (teachers, secretaries, nurses, etc). Opened in the mid 1950s, owner Jo Heston had to marry a man in order to buy the bar because laws at that time didn’t allow women to own bars. The laws also prevented Heston from pouring liquor, so the bar had male bartenders.

At the Star Room, a lesbian bar on the outskirts of Los Angeles, women could dance but not too close. The manager would scrutinize the dance floor periodically with flashlight in hand. There had to be enough distance between a couple so that a beam from the flashlight could pass between them. In that way the owner hoped to avoid charges of disorderly conduct should there be any undercover agents among the patrons.

Attr — WehoVille; Faderman, Lillian, "Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth Century America" (1991); Gay Guide '71
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1984

Wagg's Bistro

4329 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602
4329 Lankershim Blvd
91602

(M) (R) (Lunch)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1984

Wellington's

4354 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602
4354 Lankershim Blvd
91602

Bob Damron '84: (R) (Looks promising)

Attr — Bob Damron '84; Ferrari's '95
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1982 1983

Roundup

4354 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602
4354 Lankershim Blvd
91602

Bob Damron '82: (W) (Should be a winner)

Attr — Bob Damron '82-83
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1980 1981

El Zorro

4354 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602
4354 Lankershim Blvd
91602

Bob Damron '81: (Mexican R)

Attr — Bob Damron '80-81
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1973 1974

Rib & Claw

11138 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11138 Ventura Blvd
91604

A. F. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1984

Sister Suds

10762 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
10762 Washington Blvd
90232

(L)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1971

Centurion Book Store

11377 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11377 Ventura Blvd
91604

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1973

Tullies

5031 Rosemead Blvd, Pico Rivera, CA 90660
5031 Rosemead Blvd
90660

D. E. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1968 today

Oil Can Harry's

11502 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11502 Ventura Blvd
91604

Gay Guide '71: (P) (D) (YC) *; Barfly West '73: C. D. E. L. Y.; Bob Damron: (YC) (Disco) (D) (Closed Mon. & Tues.) (Liquor)

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '81-83
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1974 1979

Valley Palms Motel

11514 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11514 Ventura Blvd
91604

H

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1969 1970

Little Log Cabin

11522 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11522 Ventura Blvd
91604

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1971 1975

Linda's Log Cabin

11522 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11522 Ventura Blvd
91604

D. G.

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '71-75
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1971

Betty's Hi-Spot

4108 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
4108 W Magnolia Blvd
91505

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1972 1973

Sagittarius

4108 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
4108 W Magnolia Blvd
91505

A. D. G.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1973

Lucky Spot

1254 W El Segundo Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247
1254 W El Segundo Blvd
90247

G

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1972 1974

Flying Dutchman

923 N Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502
923 N Victory Blvd
91502

A

Attr — Barfly West '73, Bob Damron '72, '74
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1967 1971

Clown

1117 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505
1117 N Hollywood Way
91505

Attr — Lavender Baedeker '67; Gay Guide '69-71
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1970 1973

The Farm

7978 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
7978 Santa Monica Blvd
90024

Gay Guide '71: (YC) (D); Barfly West '73: A. D. L. Y. *

"In September 1970 GLF organized a pre-planned “Touch-In” at “The Farm,” the most-popular gay bar [...] in West Hollywood, a mafia-owned dive. In the week before the Touch-In, both Morris Kight and I were warned by mafioso Ed Nash, the bar’s owner, that if we didn’t want to meet with any “accidents,” we should call it off. We didn’t call it off.

At 10 p.m. on a Friday night (Sept. 18, 1970), other GLFers and I, strategically placed around the packed bar, started shouting, “Reach out and touch your gay brother, show him affection, and don’t budge no matter what happens. If they arrest one of us, we all go to jail.”

The lights went on, the music stopped, and multiple police sirens wailed in the distance, coming closer and closer. Four sheriff’s deputies, with others waiting outside, silently, menacingly, like an army of occupation, which they were, walked through the bar slowly from front to back. Gay men with their arms around each other stood their ground without budging, continuing to show physical affection and glaring at the sheriff’s deputies. To break the silence, I started chanting, with everyone joining in over and over again, “Ho Ho, Ho Chi Minh, GLF is going to win.” The deputies walked out and drove away. The lights went off, the music resumed and the rest is gay history.

The next night GLF marched down Santa Monica Boulevard from Plummer Park to Robertson, with GLF’s “commie-jew-fag-bastard kazoo band” playing show tunes, posting pre-printed posters on the doors and inside every gay business establishment. The posters were headed with the words “This Bar Is Liberated.” Within months showing physical affection and dancing were happening for the first time in gay bars all over the city, ultimately allowing places like Studio One to open.

In my half-century of community organizing on behalf of gay people, there has never ever been a moment when I was prouder of my gay brothers than that night in 1970 at The Farm in West Hollywood. It was Gandhi’s ahimsa and King’s non-violent resistance at its finest." - Don Kilhefner, WEHOVille, August 5, 2016

Attr — The Voice #94 Feb 1970; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73
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1964 1979

Hub

7864 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
7864 Santa Monica Blvd
90024

Barfly West '73: L. Y. *

In 1967, a group called PRIDE (Personal Rights in Defense and Education) began holding Pride Night social gatherings at a West Hollywood bar, the Hub. After a violent police raid at another gay bar, Silver Lake’s Black Cat Tavern, PRIDE helped organize protests there—a full two years before the landmark Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village.

The Hub served the gay community in many ways; primarily as place to socialize openly and in relative safety, but also as a place to gather politically and organize gay-related activities, both political and recreational.

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '65-79; 20 July 1964, Citizens News
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1971 1973

Middle Earth

7978 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
7978 Santa Monica Blvd
90024

"Primarily a black dance hall that's good after hours. Funky music, naturally."

Gay Guide '71: (YC) (D) *; Barfly West: A. D. L. Y. *' Ciao

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73, Ciao '73
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1979 1995

Eagle

7864 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
7864 Santa Monica Blvd
90024

Bob Damron: * (Some W) (Cruisy) (SM)

Attr — Bob Damron '80-84
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1971

Leather Club Baths

4653 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602
4653 Lankershim Blvd
91602

(Baths)

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1980 1984

1350 North

4653 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602
4653 Lankershim Blvd
91602

(Baths)

Attr — Bob Damron '81-84; 28 March 1980, The Voice
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1973

Stables II

1559 W El Segundo Blvd, Gardena, CA 90249
1559 W El Segundo Blvd
90249

D. F.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1979 2000

Apache Territory

11608 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11608 Ventura Blvd
91604

Bob Damron '81: (Most macho disco in the valley) (D) * (Disco) (Liquor)

Attr — Bob Damron '81-95; Data-Boy Super-Men, 1979-86.
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1968 1975

Everybody's

11608 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11608 Ventura Blvd
91604

Barfly '73: A. C. D. P. Y.

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73
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1983 1984

Inches

11616 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11616 Ventura Blvd
91604

84: (Some W, SM)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1965 1982

Klondike

11616 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11616 Ventura Blvd
91604

81-82: (Beer & Wine)

Attr — Bob Damron '65-82
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1982

Chez Andre

11622 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11622 Ventura Blvd
91604

(M) (R)

Attr — Bob Damron '82
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1973

Ship N' Shore

15215 S Crenshaw Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90303
15215 S Crenshaw Blvd
90303

D. E. F. M. *

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1982

Leather Unlimited

11686 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11686 Ventura Blvd
91604

Attr — Bob Damron '82
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1982

Cafe Benedict

11343 Moorpark St, North Hollywood, CA 91602
11343 Moorpark St
91602

(M) (R)

Attr — Bob Damron '82
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1970 1971

Courte Inn

11720 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11720 Ventura Blvd
91604

(R)

"The Courte Inn, right beside The Hayloft, turned out to be as advertised - a better-class restaurant and bar with very good food. It looks like it will become one of the best gay restaurants in Los Angeles, though in all fairness, I should say that this is not a difficult achievement at present." - Vector

Attr — Vector February 1970; Gay Guide '71
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1981 2016

Frontier

10644 W Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
10644 W Magnolia Blvd
91601

(Publication)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1980 1981

Books Unlimited

3125 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
3125 W Burbank Blvd
91505

Attr — Bob Damron '81
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1979 1981

King's Row

5614 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601
5614 Vineland Ave
91601

Bob Damron '81: (Disco) (D) (AH) (PT)

Attr — Bob Damron '81
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1983 1984

Job Site

5614 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601
5614 Vineland Ave
91601

Bob Damron '84: (R) (Disco) (D) (PT) (Go go boys) *

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1984 1990

Compound

5636 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601
5636 Vineland Ave
91601

* (Baths)

On January 10, 1988, the LAPD raided the Melrose Baths, arresting three patrons for “lewd conduct.” Between January 17th and 22nd, officers likewise raided the Corral Club, the Compound, and again the Melrose Baths. “Clearly, no one should think that these actions are isolated from the AIDS-hysterical decision recently made by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to give broader powers to the County Department of Health Services to close the bathhouses at their discretion,” commented the newsletter of the Los Angeles chapter of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power. Such raids were the most explicit example of the state’s use of repressive methods to attempt to control the spread of AIDS.

Attr — Bob Damron '84; De Orio, Scott, "Punishing Queer Sexuality in the Age of LGBT Rights" pp. 264
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1993 2020

North Hollywood Spa

5636 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601
5636 Vineland Ave
91601

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1970 1972

Happy Talk

10703 W Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
10703 W Magnolia Blvd
91601

D. G.

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Bob Damron '70-72
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1983 1984

A Touch of Class (1984)

11801 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11801 Ventura Blvd
91604

Bob Damron '84: (R) (Liquor)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1955 1982

Keith's

11801 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11801 Ventura Blvd
91604

Barfly West '73: F. L. M. *; Bob Damron '65-82: (R) * (Liquor)

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '65-82; 3 March 1955 Valley News
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1985 1995

Club 22

4882 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
4882 Lankershim Blvd
91601

More info
1972 1984

Big Horn

4882 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
4882 Lankershim Blvd
91601

(L) (D) (Liquor)

Attr — Action, 1972; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '80-84
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1971

Brook's Baths

10737 W Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
10737 W Magnolia Blvd
91601

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1965 1984

Hayloft

11818 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11818 Ventura Blvd
91604

Gay Guide '71: (SM) * also (C) after hours; Barfly West '73: A. E. K. *; Bob Damron '65-84: (Some W, SM, YC) (PT) (Movies) (C - AH) *

Bar famous for showing released films mixed in with older ones. "No one knew how they got copies of the new ones."

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '65-83; Burdsal, Bill, "Memoirs of a Human Being," pp. 334; '81 Jan "The Voice"
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1977 1983

Lodge

4923 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
4923 Lankershim Blvd
91601

(D) (PT) (Cruisy) * (Liquor)

Attr — Bob Damron '77-83
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1972 1985

Serpent 8 Club

4109 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
4109 W Burbank Blvd
91505

Barfly West '73: B. C. P. Y. *; Bob Damron '81: (P) * (Greatly expanded)

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '72-83
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1980 1981

Bert's

11916 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11916 Ventura Blvd
91604

81: (Liquor) (E) (PT) (WE*)

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82
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1982 1983

Showcase Inn

11916 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11916 Ventura Blvd
91604

82: (R) (E) (Looks promising)

Attr — Bob Damron '82-83
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1984

Tandem

11916 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11916 Ventura Blvd
91604

84: (Some SM) *

Attr — Bob Damron '84; Data-boy 354 1984
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1970 1981

C'est La Vie

11920 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11920 Ventura Blvd
91604

also listed as C'Est La Vie - Baton Rouge

Gay Guide'71: (D) (S); Barfly West '73: C. D. E. F. L. M. *; Bob Damron: (S) ("Drags") (Liquor)

Attr — Lulu Awards 1970; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '71-81
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1973 1974

TJ's

11940 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11940 Ventura Blvd
91604

A. D. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1981 1982

Baker St. (1981-82)

10437 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
10437 Burbank Blvd
91601

Bob Damron '81-82: (L) (Disco) (D) *

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82
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1984

In Touch East (1984)

10437 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
10437 Burbank Blvd
91601

Bob Damron '84: (L) (YC) (Disco) (D)

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82
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1984

Cheers (1984)

10437 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
10437 Burbank Blvd
91601

Bob Damron '84: (L) (YC) (Disco) (D)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1978 1981

Signal

10522 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
10522 Burbank Blvd
91601

(Some W, SM) (PT)

Now the Bullet Bar, this address has a long gay history and has gone by several names, including the Hanged Man and the Signal. For a while it was a strict uniform club called the Officers Club, and in that incarnation, you weren't allowed in the club in street clothes at all.

Attr — Bob Damron '78-81
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1971 1975

The Hanged Man

10522 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
10522 Burbank Blvd
91601

Now the Bullet Bar, this address has a long history and has gone by several names, including the Hanged Man and the Signal. For a while it was a strict uniform club called the Officers Club, and in that incarnation, you weren't allowed in the club in street clothes at all.

Attr — H.E.L.P. Newsletter '71, Bob Damron '72-75
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1980 1983

Officer's Club

10522 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
10522 Burbank Blvd
91601

(Uniforms) (Best late)

A strict uniform club -- you weren't allowed in the club in street clothes at all. Now the Bullet Bar, this address has a long gay history and has gone by several names, including the Hanged Man and the Signal.

Attr — Drummer Magazine, Issue 39 (1980); Bob Damron '82-83
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1983 2020

The Bullet

10522 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
10522 Burbank Blvd
91601

Now the Bullet Bar, this address has a long gay history and has gone by several names, including the Hanged Man and the Signal. For a while it was a strict uniform club called the Officers Club, and in that incarnation, you weren't allowed in the club in street clothes at all.

More info
1970 1973

Cougar

10501 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
10501 Burbank Blvd
91601

G. M.

Attr — Bob Damron '70-71; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73
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1979 1984

Mi Wey

11513 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
11513 Washington Blvd
90066

(L)

Women's bar. Formerly The Safari.

Attr — Lesbian Tide Sept '79; Bob Damron '84
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1971 1974

Tony's

10618 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
10618 Burbank Blvd
91601

E. L. M. *

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73
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1984

Future Body

11704 Moorpark St, Studio City, CA 91604
11704 Moorpark St
91604

(Gym)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1973

Sahara

5118 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
5118 Lankershim Blvd
91601

T

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1982 1982

Dude

11052 W Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
11052 W Magnolia Blvd
91601

(P) ("Wild back room")

Attr — Bob Damron '82
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1968 1971

Cabaret

10638 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
10638 Burbank Blvd
91601

(R)

Attr — Gay Guide '69-71
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1982

Studio City Barber Shop

12053 Ventura Pl, Studio City, CA 91604
12053 Ventura Pl
91604

Attr — Bob Damron '82, '84
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1973

Headlite

5643 Cahuenga Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
5643 Cahuenga Blvd
91601

Barfly West '73: A. C. D. E. F. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1971

Gladiator

5643 Cahuenga Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
5643 Cahuenga Blvd
91601

Gay Guide '71: (SM)

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1972 2020

Metropolitan Community Church

5730 Cahuenga Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
5730 Cahuenga Blvd
91601

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82, 84
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1984

The Alley, Red Hanky Express

5729 Cahuenga Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
5729 Cahuenga Blvd
91601

Bob Damron '84: The Alley (F & S), Red Hanky Express (Baths) (Some SM, FFA)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
More info
1973 1980

American Continental Baths

5729 Cahuenga Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
5729 Cahuenga Blvd
91601

Bob Damron '80: (Baths)

Attr — Action Magazine August 1973; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '80
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1980 1982

Allen's Alley

5729 Cahuenga Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
5729 Cahuenga Blvd
91601

Bob Damron '81-82: (Baths)

Attr — The Voice July 18, 1980; Bob Damron '81-82
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1968 1974

Regency Club

5729 Cahuenga Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
5729 Cahuenga Blvd
91601

Barfly West '73: B. C. P.

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73
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1973 1974

Caesar's

12178 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
12178 Ventura Blvd
91604

E. D. L.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1966 1976

Blue Angel West

12179 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
12179 Ventura Blvd
91604

Barfly West '73: A; Bob Damron '81-84: (L) (Disco) (D) (RT)

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '66-76
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1979 1986

Dummy Up Club

12179 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
12179 Ventura Blvd
91604

Bob Damron: (L) (Disco) (D) (RT)

Attr — Bob Damron '79-83; SCGBA 1986
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1968 1982

Black Knight

10932 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
10932 Burbank Blvd
91601

Barfly West '73: L. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1981 1986

Renegade

10932 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
10932 Burbank Blvd
91601

Bob Damron: (Liquor) (PT) (D)

Attr — Bob Damron '81-84; Data Boy '86
More info
1973 1974

Forsooth the Dragon

10937 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
10937 Burbank Blvd
91601

Barfly West '73: A. D. M. *

Attr — Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '73-74
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1980 2000

Rawhide

10937 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
10937 Burbank Blvd
91601

Bob Damron '81: (D) (PT) (Looks promising); Bob Damron '82: (PT) (Liquor) * (C W) (PX Boutique)

Attr — The Voice '80; Bob Damron '81-83
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1968 1972

Crystal Inn

11232 Chandler Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
11232 Chandler Blvd
91601

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1973

Playhouse

11403 W Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
11403 W Magnolia Blvd
91601

D. E. L. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
More info
1973 1974

Neworld

12319 Ventura Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91604
12319 Ventura Blvd
91604

Barfly West '73: A. D. E.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1957 1971

Club Laurel

12319 Ventura Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91604
12319 Ventura Blvd
91604

An upscale club with a dance floor owned by singer Beverly Shaw, a celebrity among the lesbian community. Shaw, who was described as having a sultry voice, often sat atop the piano to perform songs and dressed in tailor-made suits wearing a bow tie. Patrons tended to dress up when they went to Club Laurel, which one review described as an “uptown club unlike anything in the way of a gay club we had ever seen.”

In the late 1950s or early 1960s, Shaw produced an album titled "Songs Tailored to Your Taste." The album includes her signature song, "Honeysuckle Rose," and was released on her own label: Club Laurel Records.

Attr — WehoVille, Gay Guide '71
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1979 1980

Boots

12319 Ventura Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91604
12319 Ventura Blvd
91604

Attr — Bob Damron '79-80
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1973 1975

Fox

11150 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
11150 Burbank Blvd
91601

D. F. G.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1970 1972

Pacesetters

11150 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
11150 Burbank Blvd
91601

D. F. G.

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1973

Continental Spa

12446 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
12446 Ventura Blvd
91604

B. C. P.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1972 1983

Bla Bla Cafe

12466 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
12466 Ventura Blvd
91604

(M) (R) (E)

Attr — Bob Damron '82
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1966 1983

Queen Mary

12449 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
12449 Ventura Blvd
91604

also listed as King's Alley

Gay Guide '71: (S) *; Barfly West '73: [King's Alley] L, [Queen Mary] C. E. F. L. M. *; Bob Damron: (M) (S) (Liquor) * (King's Den in rear)

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '66-83
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2007 today

The Boulevard

3199 East Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena CA 91107
3199 East Foothill Boulevard
91107

The Boulevard offers karaoke, a pool table, and drag shows.

Attr — TimeOut
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1984

Corner Pocket

10542 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606
10542 Victory Blvd
91606

(W) (PT)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1980 1982

Le Chop Shop

12434 Moorpark St, Studio City, CA 91604
12434 Moorpark St
91604

(Haircutters)

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82, 84
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1971 1973

Vanity Box

12135 Riverside Dr, Valley Village, CA 91607
12135 Riverside Dr
91607

Gay Guide '71: (D) (HIP); Barfly West '73: D. E. M.

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '71-72
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1973 1974

Oak Room Lounge

11518 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
11518 Burbank Blvd
91601

E. L.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1968 1984

Skivey's Capri

6133 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91606
6133 Vineland Ave
91606

M

Attr — Magpie '68; Bob Damron '80-84
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1973

Levi Club

10715 Garvey Ave, El Monte, CA 91733
10715 Garvey Ave
91733

B. C. P.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1982 1984

Gateway

2526 S Barrington Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064
2526 S Barrington Ave
90064

(Some L) (PT) (D)

Attr — Bob Damron '82, 84
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1982

Ol' New Yorker

12430 Riverside Dr, Valley Village, CA 91607
12430 Riverside Dr
91607

Attr — Bob Damron '82
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1978 1983

Mag

12136 W Magnolia Blvd, Valley Village, CA 91607
12136 W Magnolia Blvd
91607

Bob Damron '78-83: (W) (PT) (Cruisy) *

Attr — Bob Damron '78-83
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1966 1977

Magnolia Inn

12136 W Magnolia Blvd, Valley Village, CA 91607
12136 W Magnolia Blvd
91607

Attr — Bob Damron '66-77; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73
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1973

Club Alondra

126 E Alondra Blvd, Gardena, CA 90248
126 E Alondra Blvd
90248

D. E. F.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1981 1984

Apache West

2214 Stoner Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064
2214 Stoner Ave
90064

* (Disco) (D)

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82, 84
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1972 1982

Love Inn

10700 Vanowen St, North Hollywood, CA 91605
10700 Vanowen St
91605

Barfly West '73: D. F. G.; Bob Damron: (YC) (L) (Disco) (D) (Best Sundays) (Liquor)

Attr — Lesbian Tide '72; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '74-82
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1973 1988

Roman Holiday Baths

12814 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
12814 Venice Blvd
90066

Attr — Bob Damron '73-84;
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1983 1984

Roger's Back Door

12821 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
12821 Venice Blvd
90066

84: (PT) (E) (Movies)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1982

Sidekicks

12821 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
12821 Venice Blvd
90066

82: (PT)

Attr — Bob Damron '82
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1973

El Capitan

13825 Hawthorne Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250
13825 Hawthorne Blvd
90250

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1984

Roostertail

1302 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
1302 W Washington Blvd
90066

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1981 today

Jason's II

6408 Tujunga Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91606
6408 Tujunga Ave
91606

Book store

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82, 84
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1973 1976

Truck Stop

13257 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
13257 Ventura Blvd
91604

W. *

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1973

Matador

13616 S Inglewood Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250
13616 S Inglewood Ave
90250

M

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1972 1976

Woodshed

11634 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606
11634 Victory Blvd
91606

F. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1973

Buckboard

13400 W Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
13400 W Washington Blvd
90292

D. L. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1961 1973

Joani Presents

6413 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606
6413 Lankershim Blvd
91606

Gay Guide'71: (S) (G) *; Barfly West '73: D. E. G. L. *

This bar was owned by Joan Hannan, who was most famous for playing the drummer in the all-girl band in the 1959 Marilyn Monroe film “Some Like it Hot.” Attracting many classes of women, the bar was popular throughout the 1960s and 1970s, only closing when Hannan and her partner moved to Humboldt County.

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; WehoVille
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1979 1981

Club Forty Niner

6411 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606
6411 Lankershim Blvd
91606

(L) (R) (D) (On again, off again)

Attr — Bob Damron '81
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1965 1980

Attic

11717 1/2 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606
11717 1/2 Victory Blvd
91606

M

also known as The Attic Tavern and Attic Inn

Attr — The Lavender Baedeker '64; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '65-80
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1975 1984

M.B. Club

11725 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606
11725 Victory Blvd
91606

(P) (Wild back room)

Attr — Bob Damron '81
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1976 1993

La Tura Motel

11745 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606
11745 Victory Blvd
91606

(M) (H)

Attr — Bob Damron '76-83
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1981 1982

Forge

13548 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
13548 Ventura Blvd
91423

(SM) (W)

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82
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1981

One-On-One, Inc.

13340 W Olympic Blvd, Suite 165, Los Angeles, CA 90064
13340 W Olympic Blvd
90064

(Referral & intro service)

Attr — Bob Damron '81
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1965 1979

Capri

6131 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91606
6131 Vineland Ave
91606

M

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73, Contact Gay Guide '74; Bob Damron '65-'79
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1980 1983

Party Shop

13628 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
13628 Ventura Blvd
91423

(Gifts, cards, etc.)

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82, 84
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1974 1976

Tigress

6630 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606
6630 Lankershim Blvd
91606

D. E. G.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1972 1984

Canyon Room

13625 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
13625 Moorpark St
91423

Also listed as Dave Waldor's New Canyon Room

Barfly West: D. F. L. *; Bob Damron: (R) (D) (Liquor)

Attr — Zipper '72; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '73-84
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1973

Club

16805 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90247
16805 S Western Ave
90247

D. G.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1969 1974

Little Dipper

4351 Woodman Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
4351 Woodman Ave
91423

Attr — Advocate August '69; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '70-74
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1980 1984

Valley Adult Books & Erotica Boutique

6749 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606
6749 Lankershim Blvd
91606

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82, 84
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1982 1983

Casbah

13817 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
13817 Ventura Blvd
91423

Attr — Bob Damron '82
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1965 1981

Office

13817 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
13817 Ventura Blvd
91423

Barfly West '73: D. M. *; Bob Damron: (D) (R) (Liquor) (Tired)

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '65-81
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1980 1982

Nautilus Santa Monica

12061 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
12061 Wilshire Blvd
90025

(Gym)

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82
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1971 1972

Apartment

4712 Woodman Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
4712 Woodman Ave
91423

(D) *

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1972 1973

Hungry Eye

13952 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
13952 Ventura Blvd
91423

D

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1970

Al's Playhouse

9306 Alondra Blvd, Bellflower, CA 90706
9306 Alondra Blvd
90706

M

Attr — 2 July 1970 Independent Long Beach, Barfly West '73
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1971

Ali Baba's

11663 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605
11663 Sherman Way
91605

(G) (D) (M)

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1981 1984

Adult Book Store

7135 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga, CA 91042
7135 Foothill Blvd
91042

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1968 1971

Scotty's Tavern

132 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
132 Lincoln Blvd
90291

(G)

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1973

Crystal Ball

1355 Washington Way, Venice, CA 90291
1355 Washington Way
90291

M

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1973

Holly's

1219 Washington Way, Venice, CA 90291
1219 Washington Way
90291

D. G.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1979 2016

Roosterfish

1302 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
1302 Abbot Kinney Blvd
90291

The bar was opened by life and business partners Walter Schneider and Alex Alexander, who had previously started the first gay establishment in West Hollywood, the Gallery Room, as well as a discotheque called Up Disco. After a friend spotted the current location on Abbot Kinney, the pair bought it and opened its doors in 1979. They frequently visited Cabo San Lucas and, on one of their trips, decided to name the bar after a species of game fish.

Over the next three and a half decades, the Roosterfish remained a pillar of the Westside LGBT community, known for its cheap drinks and dive-bar atmosphere, complete with pool tables and barbecues on the weekend.

Roosterfish mural was painted by Puerto Rican Alexis Diaz (La Pandilla) in 2013.

Attr — LA Weekly, May 2018
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1971

Scotty's II

2906 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
2906 Lincoln Blvd
90405

(G)

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1984

Starlite Roller Rink

7727 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91605
7727 Lankershim Blvd
91605

(Gay Wed. nites)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1972 2017

Oxwood Inn

13713 Oxnard St, Van Nuys, CA 91401
13713 Oxnard St
91401

(Many L) * (D) (PT) (Liquor)

Bought by Texas-born Betty “Tuck” Sutherland, it was the longest-running lesbian bar in the United States when it closed in 2017. It was home to the trans-focused club night Club Shine.

Attr — Bob Damron '81-82, 84
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1970 1973

Pier XII

12 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
12 Washington Blvd
90292

also listed as Port of Venice

Gay Guide '71: (M) (R); Barfly West '73: D. F. L. M.

Attr — The Advocate '70; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73
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1964 1976

Westwinds

1015 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
1015 Ocean Front Walk
90291

D. L. *

Attr — The Lavender Baedeker 64 V.1 no.2; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Gay businesses 1976 list
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1980 1983

In Touch Lounge

5248 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401
5248 Van Nuys Blvd
91401

* (Small disco) (D) (Liquor)

Attr — Bob Damron '80-83
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1965 1973

Matchbox

824 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
824 Ocean Front Walk
90291

Attr — Bob Damron '65='70, Gay Guide '71, Barfly West '73
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1973 1985

The Pink Elephant

2810 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405
2810 Main St.
90405

Attr — Barfly West '73; LA Times
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1973

Pier XII

2722 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
2722 Main St
90405

D. E. F. L. *

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1971 1979

Bronze Lantern

8051 Webb Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91605
8051 Webb Ave
91605

D. G.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1971 1972

Diamond Head

13751 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401
13751 Victory Blvd
91401

Gay Guide '71: also C after hours weekends

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1977 1983

Drive Shaft

13751 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401
13751 Victory Blvd
91401

Bob Damron: (SM) (W) * (Chip's Hardward Toy Shop in back)

Attr — Bob Damron '77-83
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1973

Two Guys

2409 Artesia Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
2409 Artesia Blvd
90278

A. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1940 1977

Hialeah House

8540 Lankershim Blvd, Sun Valley, CA 91352
8540 Lankershim Blvd
91352

A lesbian bar in North Hollywood from the 1940's. D. G. *

"Club atmosphere, all women, beer and wine, dancing, live band on weekends - if you like softball, you're in"

Attr — SurveyLA LGBT Historic Context Statement, Gay Guide '71, Barfly West '73
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1973

Liberation

8607 Lankershim Blvd, Sun Valley, CA 91352
8607 Lankershim Blvd
91352

D

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1984

Great Escape

14038 1/2 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401
14038 1/2 Victory Blvd
91401

(R)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1973

Hat Rack

1995 Artesia Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
1995 Artesia Blvd
90278

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1968 1973

Broadway West

130 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401
130 Broadway
90401

Also known as Lindy's Broadway West.

A. D. M.

Attr — Magpie '68; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73
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1973

Squeeze Box

14412 Friar St, Van Nuys, CA 91401
14412 Friar St
91401

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1973 1975

Playroom

14034 Vanowen St, Van Nuys, CA 91405
14034 Vanowen St
91405

D. L.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1973 1988

Roman Holiday Baths

14435 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91401
14435 Victory Blvd
91401

B. C.

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '73, 84
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1966 1973

Knight Club

15719 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91436
15719 Ventura Blvd
91436

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1970 1976

French Bull

5661 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91411
5661 Sepulveda Blvd
91411

D. F. L. M.

Attr — The Timely Gay Bar Guide 1970; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; The Bugle 1976
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1973 1974

Granny's Goose

6230 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91411
6230 Sepulveda Blvd
91411

D. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1968 1973

Golden Bull

170 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402
170 W Channel Rd
90402

F. L. M. *

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '68-70
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1970 1971

Hold

165 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402
165 W Channel Rd
90402

*

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1970 1973

Hold

147 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402
147 W Channel Rd
90402

L. M. *

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1938 2005

S. S. Friendship

112 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402
112 W Channel Rd
90402

Also listed as The Friendship

A gay bar in the Pacific Palisades fictionalized as the "Starboard Side" in Christopher Isherwood's 1964 novel A Single Man.

D. E. L. Y.

Attr — Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73
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1969 1970

La Caravelle

54 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402
54 W Channel Rd
90402

F. L. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1968 1973

Cliff House

15145 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA
15145 Pacific Coast Highway
CA

also known as George Ball's Cliff House

Attr — Magpies July '68; Gay Guide '71; Barfly West '73; Bob Damron '69-70
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1972 1973

Galleon Room

1638 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1638 N Las Palmas Ave
90028

D. E. F. L.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1973

Continental Spa

12446 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
12446 Ventura Blvd
91604

B. C. P.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1984

Frolic II

1645 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1645 Wilcox Ave
90028

(Some OC) (RT)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1973 1974

Rib & Claw

11138 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11138 Ventura Blvd
91604

A. F. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1980 1981

Attitudes

11100 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11100 Ventura Blvd
91604

(R) (Liquor)

Attr — Bob Damron '81
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1982

Ol' New Yorker

12430 Riverside Dr, Valley Village, CA 91607
12430 Riverside Dr
91607

Attr — Bob Damron '82
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1973

Club Alondra

126 E Alondra Blvd, Gardena, CA 90248
126 E Alondra Blvd
90248

D. E. F.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1981 2016

Frontier

10644 W Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
10644 W Magnolia Blvd
91601

(Publication)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1973

Buckboard

13400 W Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
13400 W Washington Blvd
90292

D. L. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1984

Sister Suds

10762 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
10762 Washington Blvd
90232

(L)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1973 1974

Oak Room Lounge

11518 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
11518 Burbank Blvd
91601

E. L.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1973 1974

Mirror Room

1600 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
1600 W 6th St
90017

F. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1973

Saloon

10848 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
10848 Ventura Blvd
91604

G. M.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1973

Stardust

1023 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
1023 N Western Ave
90029

M

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1971

Brook's Baths

10737 W Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
10737 W Magnolia Blvd
91601

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1972 1973

Hungry Eye

13952 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
13952 Ventura Blvd
91423

D

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1973 1977

Las Palmas Theatre

1642 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1642 N Las Palmas Ave
90028

T

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1973

Ship N' Shore

15215 S Crenshaw Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90303
15215 S Crenshaw Blvd
90303

D. E. F. M. *

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1973

Club

16805 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90247
16805 S Western Ave
90247

D. G.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1969 1971

Executive Lounge

14520 Roscoe Blvd, Panorama City, CA 91402
14520 Roscoe Blvd
91402

Attr — Gay Guide '71
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1983 1984

Roger's Back Door

12821 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
12821 Venice Blvd
90066

84: (PT) (E) (Movies)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1973

Paddle Board II

1417 Pacific Coast Hwy, Wilmington, CA 90744
1417 Pacific Coast Hwy
90744

A. D. M. *

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1984

Corner Pocket

10542 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606
10542 Victory Blvd
91606

(W) (PT)

Attr — Bob Damron '84
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1975 1984

M.B. Club

11725 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606
11725 Victory Blvd
91606

(P) (Wild back room)

Attr — Bob Damron '81
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1970 1971

Purple Hag

11059 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11059 Ventura Blvd
91604

A. E. F. R. *

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1973

Matador

13616 S Inglewood Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250
13616 S Inglewood Ave
90250

M

Attr — Barfly West '73
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1973 1975

Fox

11150 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
11150 Burbank Blvd
91601

D. F. G.

Attr — Barfly West '73
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