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Circus of Books


Category: Adult store with no arcade, Cruisy parking lot behind the store Submitted: Dec 09 2004 (Edited 09/24/17)
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2.93/5 based on 15 votes. The median rating is 2.
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Address: 8230 Santa Monica Blvd
City: West Hollywood
State: California
ZIP/Postal Code: 90046
Country: United States of America

Future closing announced per documentary about the store, date unknown
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Posted Jul 13 2017:
The store will be closing, but not before it's story is told in a documentary. Circus' Silver Lake location closed in 2016.

Circus of Books, West Hollywood's gay cruising mecca before the age of the internet, will be the subject of a documentary by Cynthia Childs and Rachel Mason, the daughter of its owners.

The documentary will preserve the story of the adult bookstore, which sits on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and La Jolla. Karen and Barry Mason, its owners for more than 30 years, announced in March last year that they would be closing it...

From WEHOville, June 22, 2017: Preserving WeHo’s Circus of Books: A Documentary by Its Owners’ Daughter

Edited on 07/13/17
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Posted Oct 19 2013:
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The parking lot is actually behind the Gold Coast Bar across the street from Circus Books. It's the number one drug hang out in West Hollywood. The bar traffic has attracted problems. Neighbors also take down license plates of people parking there now that most of West Hollywood is family str8.

Edited on 10/25/13

Usergroup: Member
Joined: Nov 21, 2005

Total Listings: 0
Total Reviews: 1


Posted Feb 24 2013:
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Why is the heads up gone? Lookout for cops!

Editor's Note: Each of the last two prior reviews show the Heads Up notice. This appears on a per-review basis.

Edited on 02/28/13

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Joined: Jan 23, 2010

Total Listings: 0
Total Reviews: -1


Posted Jul 31 2010:
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Have always found it very cruisy for picking up, but lots of cops are patrolling now. Better to hook up and take your action elsewhere.

Edited on 08/02/10


Posted Aug 06 2009:
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This place is often patroled by marked and unmarked cops because of the drug action and sales in the parking area. Once again the druggers have ruined it. I saw arrests last week of guys in their car going at it.


Posted Mar 29 2009:
There's always someone in his car parked in this lot looking for action. Definitely check it out. With all the online cruising going on, there aren't that many reliable 'live' places. This is one of them!


Posted Oct 01 2008:
Not a whole lot of action, except a very hot hairy Asian guy with beard who is a regular at the bar, gets drunk and sometimes pulls out his pierced cock and shows off.


Posted Nov 14 2007:
I just see people hanging out, no action.


Posted Mar 04 2006:
You have to be crazy to cruise here. However, I always see cars parked in this high traffic area. At your own risk!


Posted Dec 21 2005:
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Wake up, boys! The West Hollywood sheriffs have even put this place on the news to warn you about the LAPD action in this area. They even described the entrapment tactics that the LAPD are using. This is a continual sanctioned sting by LAPD.


Posted Nov 20 2005:
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Two of us got stopped last night walking home after the bars closed. They had a huge white van and undercover cops were all over the place with video cameras trying to entrap people, they were using hot blondes, Latinos, and black guys as bait. This was all the way down the street to Melrose. So they are obviously not messing around. Be careful, guys.


Posted Sep 26 2005:
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Heads up! A friend of mine was arrested here a couple months ago by the sheriff's department. My friend said he wasn't doing anything besides talking to some potential action and the next thing he saw was three plain clothes officers coming at him. They arrested him for suspicion of a lewd act in public and also mentioned he was trespassing on private property. On another note, the locals are really getting hostile toward cruising in their neighborhood and the late night permit parking tickets are becoming much more common.


Posted Jun 13 2005:
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I saw police in an unmarked car pulling guys over and questioning people walking along the street around 4 am. I'm not sure if there were any arrests.


Posted Jan 02 2005:
This parking lot has really taken a turn for the worse. There are some scary guys and some hustlers hanging around but patience usually pays off. And there are some cute younger guys that come around once in awhile for some quick action. A note of caution: many guys are way too obvious and looking to get arrested. There are legitimate businesses around here and it is a residential area so be discreet and respectful and we can all have a good time.

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Future closing announced per documentary about the store, date unknown

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