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Nibbio, the executive director of the North American Bathhouse Association. Most patrons are older.

Amid the AIDS epidemic in the early s, bathhouses were vilified for enabling promiscuity and helping spread the disease, and many either closed voluntarily or by legal pressure. He immediately replied I can't give you your money back now. Bette Midler even launched bzth career from the stage of the Continental.

To attract younger patrons, some bathhouses offer steep discounts, cutting admission by as much as 60 percent. Those that remained were stigmatized, and now many younger gays see them as anachronisms. Saporito said more progressive views on pbilly aren't evenly spread across the country, underscoring the need for modern bathhouses in some areas.

Flex Spas has had mixed success over the past few years. Each venue was operated like a speakeasy: a nondescript building often located baath the urban fringe.

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To my Dissapoinment the Steam Room was Broken. I offered it to you when you saw the steam room was broken.

I took the He asked for I'm in Business and know that the Customer is Always Right!! Privately run, gay-owned bathhouses proliferated in the s, offering a haven for gay and bisexual men to meet. We were there right when they opened.

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In the heyday of bathhouses in the late s, there were nearly gay bathhouses in cities across vath U. In-house entertainment was common, from DJs to live performers.

On Tuesdays, Los Angeles' Melrose Spa lets those 18 to 25 in for free, a deal that brought year-old Brett Sparks on a recent midweek visit. I was hay about the steam room but figured I'd give it a chance. We will Not go back It's taken away the need to sneak into back-alley places," said Dennis Holding, 75, who owns a Miami-based bathhouse.

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That's mainly why I wanted to go. Sykes said fewer customers and rising rent put an end to four decades in business.

Flex Spas also has sponsored the White Party, an annual electronic music festival in Palm Springs, and partnered with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, part of an effort to frame the bathhouse as an opportunity for preventing risky behavior. Its location in Atlanta has seen "exponential" growth, but clubs in New Orleans and Columbus, Ohio, have closed, Saporito said.

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Owner Peter D. Saporito uses the chain's Cleveland-based flagship spa, whose 50, square feet include luxury hotel rooms and a nightclub, to run the city's annual pride parade.

Chicago and Manhattan each had about 20 public bathhouses. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, American bathhouses were built in many cities to maintain public hygiene among gxy and immigrant communities.

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Hollywood Spa — one of the largest bathhouses in Los Angeles, a city regarded as the country's bathhouse capital — closed in April. In the last decade, bathhouses, including ones in San Diego, Syracuse, Seattle and San Antonio, have shut down and the total nationwide is less than NABA formed two years ago for bathhouse owners to pool best practices for marketing and operations.

Copyright AP - Associated Press. But the need for public places to wash up declined and by the s and '60s, bathhouses largely had become rendezvous spots for gays, prompting occasional raids because sodomy was still criminalized.