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Cruising

St. Louis Cruisey Theatre

Long before the Internet and social media, gay men had to find other ways to meet like-minded folks. The Project is aware of the following places known to be cruise spots for gay men in metro St. Louis over the years. Please assist us with edits and additional information. Pictured: Garrick Theater.

Project Inventory:

Bathhouses:

• Belcher Baths

• Club Body Center (several variations of name)*

• Club Fantastic

• Continental Baths

• Kerpen’s

• Stadium Baths @ Martin’s

• Washington Baths

Parks:

• Bellerive Park*

• Cahokia Mounds State Park, Ill

• Carondelet Park*

• Creve Coeur Park*

• Forest Park*

• Reservoir Park

• Sister Marie Charles Park*

• Tower Grove Park*

Movie Theatres (Adult Film Houses):

• Garrick Theater

• Grand Burlesque

• Lyric Theater

• Senate Theatre

• Towne (Rivoli) Theater

• World Theater

XXX Video Arcades:

• Dr. Video

• Fantasyland Video

• Friends and Lovers

• Hustler Club*

• Maximus Video

• New Release Video

• Pure Pleasure Video*

• Spanky’s Video

• Video Store (On Olive Blvd downtown)?

• Video Store (Grand and Chippewa)?

• Video Stores (Brooklyn, ILL)?

Other:

• Antler Hotel - was in midtown

• Broadway Ave (by Bus Station)

• Central West End Neighborhood

• Clayton City Hall Men's Room

• College Campus Restrooms (SLCC, UMSL, etc.)

• Congress Inn Motel (next to Spanky's Video)

• Downtown YMCA

• Famous Barr Dept. Store - downtown

• Ford Apartments (lots of LGBT residents)

• North Grand Blvd. (at Olive) - Hustler Hangout

• Lafeyette Square Neighborhood

• Lambert FIeld Men's Room (by shoe shine stand)

• Orient Hotel - was in midtown

• Soulard Neighborhood

• South Grand Blvd. (at Connecticut) - Hustler Hangout

• Southtown Sears (was on S. Kingshighway)

• Truck Stops - thoughout MO and Metro East

• Union Station Men's Rooms

• 270 Rest Area - near Illinois state line

• 44 Rest Area - near Sullivan, MO

*Reportedly still cruisey (2013)

Copyright Steven L. Brawley, 2007-2014. All Rights Reserved.