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    HomeGay LABREAKING! Gay Bathhouse Midtowne Spa Los Angeles Closes after 50 Years

    BREAKING! Gay Bathhouse Midtowne Spa Los Angeles Closes after 50 Years

    Midtowne Spa Los Angeles has closed with little to no fanfare after servicing gay, bisexual, queer, and men who have sex with men (msm) for the past 50 years. The gay bathhouse located at 615 Kohler Street in Los Angeles was founded in 1972 according to their Yelp page. This is the end of the last Midtowne Spa standing in Southern California and across the nation.

    “It’s with great sadness that we announce that Midtowne Spa Los Angeles will be closing permanently on Monday, December 19th at 8:00 a.m.,” reads a special announcement by Midtowne Spa.

    “Midtowne Spa Los Angeles, officially closed…RIP,” reads a post from a WEHO TIMES reader. “Whatever people may think about gay bathhouses, this was an amazing, eclectic, erotic, nonstop sex positive and Queer sanctuary that will be missed by many. There are a few other local places, but certainly nothing like it as far as the diversity of customers and sheer size in California. Sad day.”

    A now former employee confirms that the gay bathhouse has officially closed this past Monday, but did not share details on its closure. The closure is not listed on their website as the posting of this article. However, Google now has the location listed as permanently closed.

    WEHO TIMES reported back on September 20th that Midtowne Spa Los Angeles property, home to the historic sex bathhouse, went up for sale earlier that month.

    According to sources, Midtowne Spa Los Angeles was slated to close back in October. An employee told WEHO TIMES he thought they had until the end of the year and the end of the year is upon us.

    Midtowne Spa Los Angeles – WEHO TIMES
    Midtowne Spa Los Angeles – WEHO TIMES

    Attempts to reach management were unsuccessful.

    Midtowne Spa owned three properties in Southern California, The Melrose Spa, at 7269 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles, which closed in May 2017, and the 1350 Club at 510 W Anaheim St, in Wilmington, which closed some time in May, 2022 shortly after being shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Los Angeles location was the last Midtowne Spa standing. The Austin, Texas Location closed in July, 2016. Dallas closed the following year. Midtowne Denver also closed earlier this year. Most of these locations closed with little to no fanfare, upsetting some of their most loyal customers.

    Midtowne Spa Los Angeles offered private rooms as well a lockers. The facility had an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, Sauna, Steam room, Sundeck and a TV Lounge. They offered adult movie channels, two gay and one Straight/Bisexual and  24 hour secured parking garage right next door to the club.

    Midtowne Spa Los Angeles – WEHO TIMES
    Midtowne Spa Los Angeles – WEHO TIMES
    Midtowne Spa Los Angeles – WEHO TIMES
    Midtowne Spa Los Angeles – WEHO TIMES

    A guest credits Midtowne Spa for promoting a clean (as possible) environment and also provided STD testing and free counseling, “It’s not just about STD/AIDS, but the counselors also will talk to people, like gay people just coming out, which is so important for some people who may be reluctant to go to other places,” he said back in September. “This is a safe place for queer expression that will be a loss to the community and also has historic value. The original owner, Marty, really wanted Midtowne to stay open long after his demise as an outlet for the queer community.”

    The property is still listed as a prime Downtown Los Angeles Development site by Major Properties. Built in 1914, the land area is listed at 30,160 sq ft with a property size of 22,419 sq ft. The asking price is a reduced $6,500,000. The portfolio would be delivered empty, which was a sign that Midtowne Spa Los Angeles would not survive the sale of the property.

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    To read the full listing visit: https://www.majorproperties.com/property/prime-dtla-development-site/.

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    Paulo Murillo
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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    CLM
    CLM
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    6 days ago

    I came out in 1978 and my first boyfriend took me to the 8709. I had no idea about anything…..I learned quickly. And what an adventure. Then he introduced me to the 1350 in Long Beach. We would frequent them both VERY frequently. We broke up in 1981. I moved back to the east coast and he was diagnosed with Aids in 1983. He passed in 1986. I remember the talk of a mystery desease that was going around but it was just small talk then. My breakup saved my life. I miss him…….

    Miguel
    Miguel
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    5 months ago

    I’m going to really Miss this Basically BareBack Sex club because of the Trans that I had Damm good Sex with as well as walking around Naked, kissing and Sucking ?

    Sissy Slut
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    1 year ago

    I’m sad at the news Midtown Spa is closing down. I’ve had many great times there. Over the years I have had many first time experiences there, most of them happening on the Mask Party nights and Blackout Party nights. Something about being anonymous and just letting go to fulfill my fantasies in there many playrooms. Most of my more erotic and nasty things that I did there happened in the dungeon basement, like giving multiple BJ’S, first in the GH booths then just out in the open. I’m a fit bottom and had my first GB there on Mask… Read more »

    Miguel
    Miguel
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    Reply to  Sissy Slut
    5 months ago

    I think North Hollywood/Vine has Trans/CD’s ? No parking area/ Uber ? I f so I definitely go to meet/greet and keep as close friends ?

    Bill Deal
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    1 year ago

    Went there once about 30 years ago out of curiosity. Had a awesome time,always wanted to go back but never did. Just thought about it the other day,thought that I’d take a trip over and check it out again. Unfortunately I waited too long. So sad they are gone.They should of bought the property.

    Miguel
    Miguel
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    Reply to  Bill Deal
    5 months ago

    There’s always The Flex but No Trans ?

    Roger
    Roger
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    1 year ago

    Midtowne Spa was the very first bathhouse I ever went to over 20 years ago. I decided to go on my 35th birthday, just for the hell of it (really out of curiosity) in August 2001. I wasn’t expecting much, but I met this very hot mature looking (was in his mid 40s) latino brotha name Eddie. All I have to say is that, he gave me the best birthday gift ever! Eddie literally rocked my world (hot sex) that night! Lol!! So think you Midtowne Spa for that experience and the memories.

    James
    James
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    1 year ago

    people used to go there now where are they going to?

    John
    John
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    Reply to  James
    5 months ago

    Therma Spa in Tustin

    Miguel
    Miguel
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    Reply to  James
    5 months ago

    Flex

    Roberto Granad9
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    1 year ago

    I was so sad when I knew was permanently closed.

    mike
    mike
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    1 year ago

    My favorite Bath House was the 8709 located at 8709 west Third Street. A friend of mine used to call the Palace of Fine Arts.

    Robert
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    Reply to  mike
    9 months ago

    YES! The 8709, my first experience at bath houses, I had a real awakening there. I was the lonely geek surrounded by dozens (hundreds?) of extraordinarily hot Men, bodies like Calvin Klein underwear models. Yup, I had a hardon, I had no idea my Cock was so huge compared to everyone else. Thank you parents! After that I never wore towels at baths again. I miss bath houses, it’s a vanishing culture. You could see exactly what you were getting, none of these hours on the internet and the guy turns out to be twenty years older, thirty pounds heavier… Read more »

    Miguel
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    Reply to  Robert
    5 months ago

    The Flex is open but just one flat floor w/ Sauna,Pool,jacuzzi ?

    M.C.
    M.C.
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    1 year ago

    I waited too long to finally check this place out. I went on their last night and it opened my eyes. I wish I had the courage to go years ago, what a special place!

    Miguel
    Miguel
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    Reply to  M.C.
    5 months ago

    The Flex ?

    Angry Gay Pope
    Angry Gay Pope
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    1 year ago

    I went once to check it out and it was in SKID ROW. And this was before society really went south. If I don’t feel safe in WEHO anymore do you really think I will go to skid row after dark? Add covid and you can see why it went under 🙁

    SSH
    SSH
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    Reply to  Angry Gay Pope
    1 year ago

    Not everyone is as scared of their own shadow as you. The simple and arguably-sad truth is that bathhouses are an anachronism in the age of online hookups. The fact that any have survived at all is a rather astonishing testament.

    Robert
    Robert
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    Reply to  SSH
    9 months ago

    I agree, and it’s a shame. Lots of good times in those places.

    Vlad the Great
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    Reply to  Angry Gay Pope
    1 year ago

    Chile bye… this place was popping. There is strength in numbers. The local homeless would actually make sure that they kept and eye out. Plenty of men from that bathhouse to men from the streets home..

    XXX
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    Reply to  Angry Gay Pope
    10 months ago

    You would have had nothing to worry about as far as safety was concerned. The spa was well-managed, had an attended parking garage next door and it was a great place to just let loose. You would regularly run into porn models there. Its going to be missed

    Mick in Weho
    Mick in Weho
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    1 year ago

    Fun times. Last visit, I had a fist in my hole and returned the favor.

    Last edited 1 year ago by Mick in Weho
    Free weho
    Free weho
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    1 year ago

    It’s sad to watch *non-ironic* historic cultural sites never recover from the lockdowns and economic chaos of the covid era

    Roberto Granad9
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    Reply to  Free weho
    1 year ago

    I found that spa reopen

    Miguel
    Miguel
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    Reply to  Roberto Granad9
    5 months ago

    It did after Covid but the staff kept on insisting on you to have a Covid card (Besides the mask) or No entry. While other Sex Clubs didn’t have the rules of having Covid card

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