Books, History, Movies & Trivia
The History of Gay Bathhouses
Homoerotic Towel Ads of the
The Continental Baths
of New York
Vintage Bathhouse Advertising
Why I Love Bathhouses
Bathhouse: "The Musical"
[aka Bathhouse Blues]
One man's 10 year
chronicle of visiting bathhouses.
Hairy Muscle Daddy Blog
A "fanny--pack" for your
ankle. Store your key, lube, condoms & poppers.
No longer in production.
Straight Boy Undercover
News article: A
straight reporter writes about his adventures in a bathhouse.
A screwball farce set entirely
within a bathhouse:
[Now on DVD]
South Park supporting character
Leopold "Butters" Scotch gets his very own episode. His mother recruits
him to follow his father who has gone "shopping" for her anniversary
gift. In actuality he has gone to the "White Swallow Bathhouse." After
hearing the news his mother decides to kill herself; but she
doesn't want to leave Butters behind to be raised by "a sick pervert" so she
decides to kill Butters first! O.J. Simpson has a cameo.
Watch complete episode:
the last episode on Season 5: Disc 3
Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre play
gin rummy while having a schvitz at the Finlandia Baths, 9026 Sunset
Night at the Steam Room
Hugh O'Brian, Rock
Hudson and Tony Curtis spend some time at Finlandia --- a Finnish
bathhouse for men only! An article from Modern Screen magazine. 1950
Rock Hudson was a
frequent visitor of bathhouses wherever he went. One of his old
haunts was the KLYT bathhouse in downtown LA which still exists.
Blogger Roger Dodger writes:
On my first excursion to the Rich
Street Baths in San Francisco I ran into Rock Hudson (yeah, Iím that
old). Having had a schoolboy crush on him for years, I was too
dumbfounded to earn the title Starfucker. Numerous others werenít.
Under the Rainbow John
I must tell one vignette of Rock the bachelor. He nursed many a hangover
in the Hollywood bathhouses. He chose Craig and me to
be his confidants when he had crabs, that niggling hazard of
promiscuity [before the penalty became life-threatening]. We would spread
newspapers out on the living room floor while Rock used our bathroom to
douse himself with Cuprex, a smelly, greasy, stinking ointment that was
used as a cure for crabs. While Craig and I laughed for the twenty
minute wait required before he could take a shower, Rock just sat there,
nude, large and writhing in discomfort upon the LA Times.
Only in Hollywood: "A gay man pretending to be a straight man
pretending to be a gay man"
Saturday Night at the Baths 
The transformation of a homophobic
straight man into "one of the boys" fuels this historically important
comedy-drama. Michael, who lives with his girlfriend, finds his already
unstable sexuality challenged after he gets a job as a pianist at the
gay "Continental Baths." This is an exploration of one man's sexuality
which, while featuring amateurish acting and a dated screenplay, is
nonetheless entertaining. One of the first American gay-themed films,
"Saturday Night at the Baths" is a nostalgic classic. Featuring live
drag shows of the time, the film allows the audience to relive this
Virtually unseen since the
mid-1970ís, it is an entertaining, sexy and provocative look at the gay
life style during the post Stonewall, pre-AIDS period. Set in New York
City with much of it filmed on location inside the famous Continental
Baths, this film is a classic time capsule of an era long gone by.
Release on DVD in 2006
Available from TLA Video
Also available from Netflix, Amazon
Gay Sex in the 70's 
This energetic documentary explores the
gay sex scene in New York City during the go-go 1970's. Through frank
interviews and film footage it chronicles the post-stonewall pre-AIDS
period when sex was everywhere and without obligation or consequence.
They explore sex in: Central Park,
truck loading docks, abandoned piers, Studio 54, bar backrooms, Fire
Island and the two major bathhouses of the era: The St. Marks &
Continental Baths. Great nostalgic fun.
Gay Sex in the
Available from Netflix,
TLA Video and others.
A Day and a
at the Baths
By Michael Rumaker 
This 81 page book chronicles the author's first experience at a
bathhouse --- the Everard Baths of New York. The book is now
out-of-print but can still be purchased through used book
dealers on the web.
Very low budget movie
from the Philippines.
Steam: The Turkish
An Italian designer
travels to Istanbul to sell a traditional Turkish steam bath left to him
by a deceased aunt. Upon arrival, he becomes enthralled by the city and
decides to renovate and return the bath to the public. This sudden
change of heart may have something to do with the fact that he's fallen
in love with a beautiful young local boy. Their romantic relationship is
cut short when the designer's wife arrives in Turkey with her own
Gay Bathhouses and Public Health Policy
Published in October 2003 this book
chronicles the history of gay bathhouses as well as the political fight
to shut down bathhouses as a "health threat" during the AIDS hysteria of
the mid 1980's. By the 1990's half of the bathhouses in the USA had closed.
Only a handful were closed under court order. The majority closed due to
the steep drop in business during the height of the AIDS epidemic.
$35.00 Available from Amazon and
"Turned On" was filmed almost entirely at the now defunct MAC's Baths in
Los Angeles. The extended fantasy sequence in the baths contains
some of the most famous footage Al Parker ever appeared in. "MAC's"
stood for "Men's Action Center" and was located on Hyperion Ave. in Silverlake
just a few blocks from the old Disney Studio.
One of Al's first jobs in Los Angeles
[which he held for several years] was working for Hugh Hefner at
the Playboy Mansion. It seems Hef has a preference for hiring gays to
run the household ----- a modern day version of eunuchs guarding the
Big Dick Fun
Highway 49 in Central California there is actually a small town
named "Glory Hole." I nearly drove off the road when I saw the highway sign
"Glory Hole Next Exit."
Cary Grant & Randolph
Have your heard
about the new "men's club" that just opened downtown? Don't tell the
girls though. It'll be our little secret.