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The End of the Line for Faultline

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By William B. Torres

There is an ending over the rainbow to Judy Garland’s legendary club, Faultline.

Since the pandemic began in March 2020, many small businesses suffered and eventually closed their doors to the public.

The LQBT+ community was impacted from the shut-down. A lot of bars and clubs went out of business all around Los Angeles County. Including the infamous the Faultline, a gay bar located across from LACC, now permanently closed.

Ricardo De La Torre lives three blocks from the Faultline and would go over every weekend before the lockdown began.

“Drinks were so cheap at the Faultline, I would just walk over for a drink or two during the weekend,” Ricardo said. “I would also go over when it was underwear night.”

Before the Faultline, the iconic building was constructed in 1947, according to ‘Q Voice New.com.’

In the 1960s, gay icon Judy Garland bought the building with her then-late husband, Sid Luft. It was named Red Rouge according to ‘wehotimes.com.’ In 1963, Garland placed her handprint and signed her name on the cement floor, behind the back bar.

Since Judy Garland, the building has been a haven for the gay community for over 40 years. After the Red Rouge, the building was called “Stud,” A Levi/leather cruise bar from 1974-1988. In 1988, the Stud converted to the “Zone,” and then in 1989, it was called “Griff’s.”

According to “wehoville.com,” Griff’s was owned by Griff Griffin, a member of the gay motorcyclist club, Satyrs MC. He died in 1993.

In 1994, Shawn Farnworth bought the building in Melrose and named it “Faultline.”

Stories for 26 years say, Faultline is home to many gays across the homo spectrum. Devion Coleman, a poet, and writer would visit the Faultline from time to time before covid.

“Every time I would walk into the doors [of Faultline], I would see the gay United Nations inside the bar,” Devion said. “The Faultline was a very welcoming and accepting community.”

The latest co-owner, Ruby De Fresno, told ‘Q Voice News’ she wanted to keep the bar in hopes to re-open after the pandemic was over.

“I’m very excited to keep the legacy of the Faultline alive,” De Fresno told ‘Q Voice News.’ “Preserving the historic bar has always been close to my heart.”

Unfortunately, the Faultline couldn’t make it through the pandemic.

According towehotimes.com,’ the New owner, Armando Cabana, no longer wants 4216 Melrose Ave. to be exclusively for the gay community.

“It’s not going to be a gay anymore, but this can be the kind of space where you can throw any kind of party you want,” Armando told the wehotimes.com. “This will be a great place to chill, low key.”

LACC Collegian walked to the famous queer building across the street from the campus. The Faultline sign is gone, and a rental banner is placed in the front door with a telephone number.

A gentleman who goes by the name of Jason opens the door but doesn’t want to be interviewed and only says a few words about the Faultline.

“All the gay stuff is out of the building,” Jason said

According to ‘Q Voice News.com,’ Ruby De Fresno has placed all the interior decor in storage if the Faultline finds a new home in the near future.

“The neon penis, neon clock, and the larger-than-life, and the iconic Faultline leather men art pieces are being preserved.” De Fresno said.

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