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Lonny Carbajal at Studio One, West Hollywood
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Studio One was a legendary discotheque considered by many 'the place to see, and be seen' through much of the 1970s and well into the 1980s. Located at 652 N. LaPeer Drive, just off Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, it had a massive dance floor that could hold well over 1,000 people. An adjacent, and equally legendary, Backlot Theater presented some of the finest cabaret performers of the time. The disco, which was open 7 nights a week, was often populated by some of the best dancers and most "beautiful people" in town. According to founder, Scott Forbes, "Studio One was planned, designed and conceived for gay people, gay male people... Any straight people here are guests of the gay community." The club was an immediate success with the gay community for many, many years. In the late 1980s, Forbes sold his interest in Studio One; the disco was renamed Axis, and currently operates as The Factory.
For many club-goers, their "Disco duds" are just as important as their "Disco moves". Professional dancer Lonny Carbajal boogies at Studio One in turquoise leotard top jazz shoes and matching front pleat pegged pants he made himself. Photograph dated March 16, 1978.
1 photographic print :b&w ;25 x 18 cm. on sheet 26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
Disco dancing--California--West Hollywood
Discotheques--California--West Hollywood
Nightclubs--California--West Hollywood
Dancers--California--West Hollywood
Dance--California--West Hollywood
West Hollywood (Calif.)
Los Angeles Herald-Examiner photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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