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Palace Turkish Baths

132 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
1906 1984

Gay Guide '71: (RT); Barfly West '73: B. C.

The "Palace Turkish Baths" originally operated as a straight venue, offering massages and Turkish Baths facilities, but it gradually evolved into a clandestine gay bathhouse. In 1984 it began operation as KLYT Baths, a venue well-known for its Latino clientele.

During the 1940s it was said to have been a favorite haunt of Rock Hudson and some lesser-known film stars of the day. According Joe Therrien, "the Palace Baths was popular with the gay crowd when I started going there in the 1940s. I had an affair with an actor there. He appeared in those fly-by-night cowboy movies that Hollywood put out in a week's time. When the actor's lover found out about our meetings, we ended our affair at the baths. In those days you always knew who was who because there were few places in Los Angeles where men could meet for . When you went to the baths you saw the same faces year after year."