Oct 29, 2015 4:28 AM GMT
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.