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Studio One

652 N La Peer Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069
1974 1988

"Studio One Disco Nightclub in West Hollywood was one of the most iconic discos in Los Angeles. Open from 1974-1993, it was one of the longest-lasting establishments of the disco era. Located at 652 LaPeer Drive in West Hollywood, it was open seven days a week from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and touted itself “L.A.’s Biggest and Best!” The owner, Scott Forbes, had a clear vision for the Studio that made it the glamorous and exclusive place it was. Complete with erotic dancers, Cabaret, "Backlot" entertainment, theme parties, dining and theater, the Studio was a fixture of the Los Angeles gay scene. It was often visited by gay celebrities or celebrities with gay affiliations such as disco singer Sylvester, prominent gay politician Sheldon Andelson, and others. The club remains an important part of the historical world of gay Los Angeles."

For most gay men living outside West Hollywood, Studio One represented bigotry, racism and sexism. Scott Forbes, its owner, wanted to limit the number of gay men of color and women. His doormen used every racist excuse possible to keep black gay men out, requiring two or three pieces of photo ID from African Americans and none or one piece from white men. To limit the number of women, excuses were made up on the spot based on what they were wearing, like no open-toe shoes. Rather than being a beacon of pride, countless gay community protests were held there. For most conscious gay and lesbian people of that period, Studio One stood for racist discrimination and white male privilege.

The building has been approved to be demolished, despite efforts made to preserve the original building by establishing it as a historical cultural building.