Hollywoods Circus Disco-Arena Nightclub for gays to become new site for condominiums

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    Oct 29, 2015 4:28 AM GMT

    Popular Hollywood disco for gays to become new site for condominiums
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    For some club patrons in the 1970s, Hollywood’s Circus Disco was a refuge. Located on an industrial stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard, the nightclub opened its doors to gay minorities at a time when many men felt excluded at the mostly white gay clubs.

    Women, discouraged from entering many Los Angeles gay clubs, were also welcome on some nights.

    Decades later, Circus Disco’s run is coming to an end. The Los Angeles City Council earlier this year approved plans to build condominiums on the site of the club, one of many new residential projects coming to Hollywood.

    For preservationists and gay rights advocates, Circus Disco’s closure marks another blow in the effort to preserve Los Angeles’ gay history. Gays and lesbians are more accepted in the mainstream, but the nightclubs that catered to those groups are being demolished with little consideration, preservationists contend.

    “It’s hard to see how far you have come when you have no evidence of where you began,” said Richard Adkins, head of the preservation group Hollywood Heritage who frequented Circus Disco decades ago.

    The demise of Circus Disco follows news that West Hollywood’s The Factory, an iconic gay bar dating back to 1967, will close. Mid-City club Catch One, which catered to black gays and lesbians in the ‘70s and ‘80s, also announced it will close.
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    Oct 29, 2015 4:37 AM GMT

    Two major parties left, I decided I would take my ass out to one last spin on this floor, in the big room

    Unless they come up with a New Years Eve party, sounds like the doors close permanently Jan 2016 icon_sad.gif

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    Oct 29, 2015 4:48 AM GMT
    ELNathB said
    Popular Hollywood disco for gays to become new site for condominiums
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    For some club patrons in the 1970s, Hollywood’s Circus Disco was a refuge. Located on an industrial stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard, the nightclub opened its doors to gay minorities at a time when many men felt excluded at the mostly white gay clubs.

    Women, discouraged from entering many Los Angeles gay clubs, were also welcome on some nights.

    Decades later, Circus Disco’s run is coming to an end. The Los Angeles City Council earlier this year approved plans to build condominiums on the site of the club, one of many new residential projects coming to Hollywood.

    For preservationists and gay rights advocates, Circus Disco’s closure marks another blow in the effort to preserve Los Angeles’ gay history. Gays and lesbians are more accepted in the mainstream, but the nightclubs that catered to those groups are being demolished with little consideration, preservationists contend.

    “It’s hard to see how far you have come when you have no evidence of where you began,” said Richard Adkins, head of the preservation group Hollywood Heritage who frequented Circus Disco decades ago.

    The demise of Circus Disco follows news that West Hollywood’s The Factory, an iconic gay bar dating back to 1967, will close. Mid-City club Catch One, which catered to black gays and lesbians in the ‘70s and ‘80s, also announced it will close.


    I sold Gene LaPietra's son a house about 10 or 12 years ago and was talking to Gene about this back then. The son was a guy I used to hang out with on Friday nights up at Bob's Big Boy in Toluca Lake.

    Then of course we had the 2008 meltdown and there was no one lending on anything no matter what it was.

    Construction and development lending is just now getting back to what it was during the 2004 - 2008 period. Gene just didn't have the horsepower to pull this one off himself, but he does come out of this one very nicely.

    "news that West Hollywood’s The Factory, an iconic gay bar dating back to 1967, will close"

    This is sad. I was in there (Studio One) for the first time on a Rose Bowl trip in I think it was 1973, long before I moved out there.
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    Oct 29, 2015 5:11 AM GMT
    freedomisntfree said
    ELNathB said
    Popular Hollywood disco for gays to become new site for condominiums
    http://www.dailynews.com/business/20150607/popular-hollywood-disco-for-gays-to-become-new-site-for-condominiums



    For some club patrons in the 1970s, Hollywood’s Circus Disco was a refuge. Located on an industrial stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard, the nightclub opened its doors to gay minorities at a time when many men felt excluded at the mostly white gay clubs.

    Women, discouraged from entering many Los Angeles gay clubs, were also welcome on some nights.

    Decades later, Circus Disco’s run is coming to an end. The Los Angeles City Council earlier this year approved plans to build condominiums on the site of the club, one of many new residential projects coming to Hollywood.

    For preservationists and gay rights advocates, Circus Disco’s closure marks another blow in the effort to preserve Los Angeles’ gay history. Gays and lesbians are more accepted in the mainstream, but the nightclubs that catered to those groups are being demolished with little consideration, preservationists contend.

    “It’s hard to see how far you have come when you have no evidence of where you began,” said Richard Adkins, head of the preservation group Hollywood Heritage who frequented Circus Disco decades ago.

    The demise of Circus Disco follows news that West Hollywood’s The Factory, an iconic gay bar dating back to 1967, will close. Mid-City club Catch One, which catered to black gays and lesbians in the ‘70s and ‘80s, also announced it will close.


    I sold Gene LaPietra's son a house about 10 or 12 years ago and was talking to Gene about this back then. The son was a guy I used to hang with on Friday nights up at Bob's Big Boy in Toluca Lake.

    Then of course we had the 2008 meltdown and there was no one lending on anything no matter what it was.

    Construction and development lending is just now getting back to what it was during the 2004 - 2008 period. He just didn't have the horsepower to pull this one off himself, but he does come out of this one very nicely.



    I can imagine, this is a very large lot within the concrete jungles of LA. The land alone, on Santa Monica blvd, probably worth in the millions. I wonder if the whole lot and block will be transformed, there are other buildings on the same lot that look old and decrepit, especially the side street behind the club.

    Location, its pretty close to Highland which of course leads right to Hollywood blvd. I suppose LA's Latino communities, gay and straight, will miss this place the most. The Papi parties are quite famous. I've had a few memories here myself, both Arena and Circus. Might as well be apart of history, even if it a sad one.





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    Oct 29, 2015 5:21 AM GMT
    ELNathB said
    freedomisntfree said
    ELNathB said
    Popular Hollywood disco for gays to become new site for condominiums
    http://www.dailynews.com/business/20150607/popular-hollywood-disco-for-gays-to-become-new-site-for-condominiums



    For some club patrons in the 1970s, Hollywood’s Circus Disco was a refuge. Located on an industrial stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard, the nightclub opened its doors to gay minorities at a time when many men felt excluded at the mostly white gay clubs.

    Women, discouraged from entering many Los Angeles gay clubs, were also welcome on some nights.

    Decades later, Circus Disco’s run is coming to an end. The Los Angeles City Council earlier this year approved plans to build condominiums on the site of the club, one of many new residential projects coming to Hollywood.

    For preservationists and gay rights advocates, Circus Disco’s closure marks another blow in the effort to preserve Los Angeles’ gay history. Gays and lesbians are more accepted in the mainstream, but the nightclubs that catered to those groups are being demolished with little consideration, preservationists contend.

    “It’s hard to see how far you have come when you have no evidence of where you began,” said Richard Adkins, head of the preservation group Hollywood Heritage who frequented Circus Disco decades ago.

    The demise of Circus Disco follows news that West Hollywood’s The Factory, an iconic gay bar dating back to 1967, will close. Mid-City club Catch One, which catered to black gays and lesbians in the ‘70s and ‘80s, also announced it will close.


    I sold Gene LaPietra's son a house about 10 or 12 years ago and was talking to Gene about this back then. The son was a guy I used to hang with on Friday nights up at Bob's Big Boy in Toluca Lake.

    Then of course we had the 2008 meltdown and there was no one lending on anything no matter what it was.

    Construction and development lending is just now getting back to what it was during the 2004 - 2008 period. He just didn't have the horsepower to pull this one off himself, but he does come out of this one very nicely.



    I can imagine, this is a very large lot within the concrete jungles of LA. The land alone, on Santa Monica blvd, probably worth in the millions. I wonder if the whole lot and block will be transformed, there are other buildings on the same lot that look old and decrepit, especially the side street behind the club.

    Location, its pretty close to Highland which of course leads right to Hollywood blvd. I suppose LA's Latino communities, gay and straight, will miss this place the most. The Papi parties are quite famous. I've had a few memories here myself, both Arena and Circus. Might as well be apart of history, even if it a sad one.







    Amazing how much I've become part of ancient History in WeHo and environs. Besides Studio One, I hung frequently at Circus/Arena. I was always a little scared to park around there as I thought sure one night I would come out and find the car gone. It wasn't the best of neighborhoods.

    The early bar I really liked was Odyssey (long long gone) which was diagonal to Beverly Center.
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    Oct 29, 2015 12:01 PM GMT
    ELNathB said
    Popular Hollywood disco for gays to become new site for condominiums
    http://www.dailynews.com/business/20150607/popular-hollywood-disco-for-gays-to-become-new-site-for-condominiums



    For some club patrons in the 1970s, Hollywood’s Circus Disco was a refuge. Located on an industrial stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard, the nightclub opened its doors to gay minorities at a time when many men felt excluded at the mostly white gay clubs.

    Women, discouraged from entering many Los Angeles gay clubs, were also welcome on some nights.

    Decades later, Circus Disco’s run is coming to an end. The Los Angeles City Council earlier this year approved plans to build condominiums on the site of the club, one of many new residential projects coming to Hollywood.

    For preservationists and gay rights advocates, Circus Disco’s closure marks another blow in the effort to preserve Los Angeles’ gay history. Gays and lesbians are more accepted in the mainstream, but the nightclubs that catered to those groups are being demolished with little consideration, preservationists contend.

    “It’s hard to see how far you have come when you have no evidence of where you began,” said Richard Adkins, head of the preservation group Hollywood Heritage who frequented Circus Disco decades ago.

    The demise of Circus Disco follows news that West Hollywood’s The Factory, an iconic gay bar dating back to 1967, will close. Mid-City club Catch One, which catered to black gays and lesbians in the ‘70s and ‘80s, also announced it will close.
    Is this the area slated for giant luxury condominium towers and posh townhousesicon_question.gif If so than it is just another example of longtime small businesses along with the poor, working class, and the middle class all being forced out of their neighborhoods by the uber rich and the greedy real estate developers catering to them. I hope these money hungry fools are keeping the nearby Hollywood Fault in mind when designing and constructing this new rich person's development because that fault has tremendous pressure on it and it is ready to rupture.
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    roadbikeRob said
    ELNathB said
    Popular Hollywood disco for gays to become new site for condominiums
    http://www.dailynews.com/business/20150607/popular-hollywood-disco-for-gays-to-become-new-site-for-condominiums



    For some club patrons in the 1970s, Hollywood’s Circus Disco was a refuge. Located on an industrial stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard, the nightclub opened its doors to gay minorities at a time when many men felt excluded at the mostly white gay clubs.

    Women, discouraged from entering many Los Angeles gay clubs, were also welcome on some nights.

    Decades later, Circus Disco’s run is coming to an end. The Los Angeles City Council earlier this year approved plans to build condominiums on the site of the club, one of many new residential projects coming to Hollywood.

    For preservationists and gay rights advocates, Circus Disco’s closure marks another blow in the effort to preserve Los Angeles’ gay history. Gays and lesbians are more accepted in the mainstream, but the nightclubs that catered to those groups are being demolished with little consideration, preservationists contend.

    “It’s hard to see how far you have come when you have no evidence of where you began,” said Richard Adkins, head of the preservation group Hollywood Heritage who frequented Circus Disco decades ago.

    The demise of Circus Disco follows news that West Hollywood’s The Factory, an iconic gay bar dating back to 1967, will close. Mid-City club Catch One, which catered to black gays and lesbians in the ‘70s and ‘80s, also announced it will close.
    Is this the area slated for giant luxury condominium towers and posh townhousesicon_question.gif If so than it is just another example of longtime small businesses along with the poor, working class, and the middle class all being forced out of their neighborhoods by the uber rich and the greedy real estate developers catering to them. I hope these money hungry fools are keeping the nearby Hollywood Fault in mind when designing and constructing this new rich person's development because that fault has tremendous pressure on it and it is ready to rupture.


    There's no "poor, working class, and the middle class all being forced out of their neighborhoods" in this neighborhood. Edit: talking about Studio One / Factory

    Hollywood fault is over by the Hollywood freeway and not near this site.
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    Oct 29, 2015 5:09 PM GMT
    It is sad to see so many of these places go. I have not been to this club in over 15 years though. There is certainly going to be a lot less dance floor space for gay boys in LA.
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    Oct 29, 2015 9:40 PM GMT
    NOOOOO!!!!
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    Nov 25, 2015 5:47 AM GMT
    Studio One, West Hollywood

    http://www.discomusic.com/clubs-more/6800_0_6_0_C/


    https://goo.gl/2Y4vuH
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    Nov 25, 2015 5:59 AM GMT
    metta saidStudio One, West Hollywood

    http://www.discomusic.com/clubs-more/6800_0_6_0_C/


    https://goo.gl/2Y4vuH


    Thanks you fuck. I just wasted 30 minutes of my time to see if I could find my pic in there. I SUCKceeded.

    Thanks though. I enjoyed that.
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    Nov 25, 2015 2:12 PM GMT
    Was too young for what you mentioned but I did spend an interesting night ferried in the back of a coronor's limousine back and forth to Osko's...