(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.