BREAKING! Iconic Rage Nightclub in WeHo is Closing Permanently After 37 Years

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The Rage Nightclub 2020 - Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

Iconic Rage Nightclub, located at 8911 Santa Monica Blvd, is permanently closing after operating in the heart of West Hollywood’s Boystown (now known as the LGBT Rainbow District) for 37 years. According to sources, the restaurant/bar and multi-level nightclub did not renew their lease which was up in November. Former employees also blame the COVID-19 pandemic and high rent as factors in its closure.

With the recent closing of Gym Sportsbar on July 8th and Flaming Saddles Saloon on August 16th, there has been much speculation that Rage Nightclub was next on the Santa Monica Boulevard chopping block, while bars and dance clubs remain shuttered during the pandemic. The once popular gay bar was already closed on certain nights of the week prior to the pandemic due to low attendance. It also remained closed when bars were green lit to re-open on June 19, before California Governor Newsom ordered bars to close again on June 28th, due to non-compliance of social (physical distancing) and patrons not wearing a mask or proper face coverings.

“As far as I know, it was official two weeks ago,” Ron Madrill, the now former General Manager at Rage, told WEHO TIMES. “I heard from the landlord that yes, we’re not going to be reopening. The landlord told me that Rage pulled out. I knew it was happening with us being closed for so long, not having any income and the rent being very high. We were also subleasing the parking lot to another company.”

Madril has been working at Rage since May 1997. “It’s almost a lifetime,” he posted on his Facebook timeline today. “The good times will always be cherished, as will the staff…past & present! It’s been a journey meeting sooooo many AMAZING people! So many! Thanks for all the memories, friendships and love!”

Madril revealed that Rage was subleasing the Showtimes Clothing store space next door. He’s unsure what will happen to Showtimes come November.

“Too many closures lately,” Posted West Hollywood small business owner and City Council candidate Larry Block, after he heard Rage was closing last week. “Supercuts , Flaming Saddles, Halal Guys, the baseline fitness… – and puts me on edge to see what next shoes are to drop and wondering the best way to get us all back up to speed and thriving.”

The Rage Nightclub LA Pride Parade 1988 – Photo by Alan Light

Established in 1983, Rage Nightclub – West Hollywood first opened its doors in November. The club was known for high-energy dance music at night and full-service restaurant during the day. The club offered two levels along with a large outdoor patio. It was known for its differently themed nights like GAMeBoi Fridays (gay Asian video dance club), Kinky Saturdays and The Dreamgirls Revue on Tuesday. There was also an 18 and older night.

The club’s official website ragenightclub.com is also gone and could be up for sale via a broker.

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Tom
Tom
2 months ago

Monte Overstreet is the best reason to vote “yes” on Prop 15 I can think of..

Jason K
Jason K
2 months ago

There was no way rage was going to survive COVID and was probably going to close anyway. It also doesn’t help that property is owned by Monte Overstreet. He thinks he can just keep raising the rent and has not done anything to help his tenants through COVID.

VoteThemOut
VoteThemOut
2 months ago

There was no saving this club. People think that these bars are up to serve the community. They don’t build these spaces out of the kindness of their hearts. People forget that these are up for the money. The City of West hollywood is in it for the money. People can be sad all they want but it’s not personal. Money talks. More clubs are bound to follow.

DR. BRIAN SMITH
DR. BRIAN SMITH
2 months ago

37 years?! Yikes! I still slip sometimes and call it the Four Star, you know the place, by the Blue Parrot?

James
James
2 months ago

LGBT Rainbow district? I lived here 20+ years and this is the 1st time I’m hearing this. No disrespect to women but t will always be known as BOYSTOWN.

VoteThemOut
VoteThemOut
2 months ago
Reply to  James

Yep. LGBT Rainbow District is the new Boystown. Just read the City of West Hollywood press releases. WeHo is no longer a town for the boys. Its a sign of the times. Deal with it.

Edol
Edol
2 months ago

High rents are steadfast destroying our cities. Then come internet to help too and empty storefronts become more and more of a routine in the cities.

Rage
Rage
2 months ago

Who is the greedy landlord?? What’s his home address??

Mark
Mark
2 months ago
Reply to  Rage

All landlord’s are in business to make money. I would not target the landlord’s home.

Seaguy
Seaguy
2 months ago

I remember going to Rage when I visited lLA years ago. Sad to hear it’s closing.