West Hollywood Lesbian Bar The Palms to Shut Down
West Hollywood's The Palms Bar, a hangout for the local lesbian community since the '60s, will close on June 9.
Credit: Kate Eggert
Located on Santa Monica Blvd. at La Cienega, the historic building that houses The Palms will be demolished to make space for a new mixed use development. In late April, the landlord told the bar's managers they had 30 days to vacate the building, but they will be allowed to stay open through the end of Pride Week. An official closing party will be held on June 2.
Over the years, it has hosted celebrities including Jim Morrison, Tom Waits, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi and Melissa Etheridge. But it served a great many more locals.
"It's really been a place where people came out at and met their first lovers," says local filmmaker Kate Eggert of The Palms. "It was a tight community because there weren't many other places for women to go."
Per WEHOville.com, the land will be the site of a new mixed large-scale mixed use complex.
Shortly after the Palms closes, the building will be demolished. Property owner Michael Talla, who owns the entire block on the south side of Santa Monica Boulevard between West Knoll and Westbourne drives, plans to combine the Palms with the adjacent vacant lot (site of the old Athletic Club) to erect a four-story building with 19 residential units and 8,700 square feet of retail.
Kate Eggert was working on a web series about The Palms when she and fellow fillmmaker Krisy Gosney learned the bar was closing. Their project has since turned into a documentary that will focus on the history of The Palms and its role in providing a safe haven for the Los Angeles lesbian community in its early days.
"We're going to expand the project out not to be just about the place," Gosney says, "but what it was like to be a lesbian back in the day when there would be raids and your name would be posted in the newspaper and you could be arrested for wearing men's clothing."