132 Fourth

Is This Your Business?

In Los Angeles gay men have been meeting for in bathhouses for most of the Twentieth Century. One of the city's earliest bathhouses opened prior to 1922. Located on 4th Street in downtown, 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. Currently, it operates 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 to the author's great-uncle, 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."

Who's Coming

Mostly black and latino men.

Exit Highway 101 southbound at Broadway, turn right & drive south to 4th and then turn left. Straight on to Los Angeles St. and it's on right corner.
Cross street: Los Angeles Street
  • Crowd:Mostly black and latino men.
    Facilities: Older bathhouse with full facilities. Showers, steam room, sauna, and private rooms.
  • Wheelchair Accessible:No
  • Warnings:This is really a bad neighborhood and not for the faint of heart.
whos coming to KLYT
  • anyone up to meet

    Commented on 3/7/2012 1:37:14 AM

  • been here once and it was beyond boring. The only one who wanted to play was a ugly guy smoking crack. I won't go back here in my rare visits to LA.

    Commented on 10/2/2008 5:51:59 AM

  • how much do they charge to get in, and how much for a room??

    Commented on 9/11/2008 6:51:33 AM

  • What's this place like during lunch time during the week?

    Commented on 1/20/2008 12:49:11 PM

  • This is the old Turkish Bath House.I had a good time there last time I visited not very many there. I was layed twice by a persistant Black Man.He was very forcefull & did a good job on my holes.

    Commented on 1/10/2008 9:46:59 AM

  • i am thinking of checking this place out. anyone been here lately?

    Commented on 12/21/2007 2:17:17 AM

  • Heavily latino; one of the oldest bath houses still around, worth a visit. Sketchy area, but well populated; park in the lot directly across the street, it's not as scary as it sounds.

    Commented on 1/1/2007 5:51:20 AM