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Rudolpho's

1982 2008
2500 Riverside Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90039

Owned by the Del Campo family (Casita Del Campo), this restaurant also played host to live concerts, punk shows, and club nights.

Dragstrip 66 was a long-running monthly queer dance club in Los Angeles. Co-created by Mr. Dan (aka hostess Gina Lotriman) & DJ Paul V. (ex-Indie 103.1), Dragstrip launched in January 1993 at Rudolpho's, and ran every 2nd Saturday for 11 years.

After that, it moved for a short time to The Echo and Safari Sam's - and then yearly reunions at The Echoplex. It was a beloved gay community marker and an "all-invited" home to unleash all forms of sexuality, self-expression, drag, cross-dress, & masquerade.

A pivotal memory for many patrons was June 12, 1993, when, as club-goer Scott Craig remembers, “The LAPD and LAFD showed up to shut Dragstrip down for [allegedly] being over capacity. They herded all these fabulous freaks into the parking lot and everyone refused to leave. Mr. Dan got up on a car and screamed out, ‘We refuse to leave! We’re not hurting anyone!’ A helicopter hovering above decided to turn on the bright search light and, well, the crowd went crazy -- like someone had put them on stage. Ultimately, the cops let us back in to finish our party!”

Attr — DJ Paul V.
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