1985-1987: The Drama of the Odd, Little North Long Beach Drag Bar

lbpost.com – By Brian Addison

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Brian Addison would like to thank Rick and David McGilton-McGlamery, Frank Rubio, and the Historical Society of Long Beach for helping contribute to this piece.


It was originally called Impact, nestled at the corner of 61st Street and Cherry Avenue in North Long Beach. It also acted as, at least according to Empress Boom Boom of the Long Beach Imperial Court, the headquarters for drag queens – and for good reason.