"MAC’s in Silver Lake was far from an ordinary bathhouse. It took initiative in the fight for gay rights. Instead of only serving as a place of sanctuary, this institution provided self-defense courses that met the needs of gay men.
MAC’s was a private club for gay men that sat inside a 16,000 square foot warehouse complex. Special events were held there, and patrons had access to complete bath facilities. The features included an indoor/outdoor lounge, food, and beverage canteen, a TV room, a college-style locker room, a steam room, public and private showers, private rooms, community areas, a movie theater, specialty rooms, and a jacuzzi. As for the special events, MAC’s had a large party/ dance space with an adjoining lounge, private restrooms, storage rooms, and a multi-purpose loading dock area. Members were able to enjoy the dances thrown as well as these special events." - ONE Archives
"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." - L.A. Times
Once considered the "Cadillac of bathhouses," Mac's was ordered to close in 1988 in a new enforcement of stringent regulations restricting sexual activity at gay bathhouses.