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6651 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1940 1959

aka Bradley’s Five & Ten

A popular cocktail lounge at the northwest corner of Hollywood and Cherokee, one of a dozen gay bars in 1943 within two blocks radius.

Had a long bar with a mirror behind it to reveal who came in and out the front door. The men’s bathroom at Bradleys acquired a reputation. John Kingsley, president of Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and a local stationary store owner, began a campaign to close Bradley’s. After visiting the bar forty or so times, he wrote in the Hollywood Citizen News that “something strange” was going on in Bradley’s, something involving queers.

The military would post a sign at this place, and every other place they suspected drew a gay crowd, that said “Out of bounds to military personnel.”