in Bars, Clubs, and Discos

Exedra, a gay bar and disco, opened at 1762 East 18th Street in 1978. Exedra was owned by Vince and Mary Los. Exedra featured a “lodge type area” near its front bar, with a “lighted, three-tiered dance floor” boasting “exceptional disco sound and a terrific light show.” In addition to hosting live local and national entertainment throughout the week, Exedra regularly hosted themed shows, parties, and events, including Tuesday “Krazy Nights,” “Dynasty” themed Wednesdays, “Guaranteed Score Nights” and “Movie Nights” on Fridays. Exedra’s Krazy Nights, which featured themed “shows, specials, prizes, contests, costumes, [and] gags,” regularly brought hundreds of patrons into the popular club. Summerfest, an outdoor “carnival-type celebration”, was held annually in Exedra’s covered parking lot between 1980-1983. Exedra closed in 1983.

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  • “A Night to Remember.” Action Magazine. December 1982. Page 19.
  • “Angela Clemmons at Exedra.” Action Magazine. June 1981. Page 8.
  • “Exedra Celebrates.” Action Magazine. September 1982. Page 27.
  • “Exedra Opens.” High Gear. September 1978. Page 22.
  • Gerard, Bill. “1980 Lambda Awards at Exedra.” High Gear. April 1980. Page 17.
  • “Krazy Nights Anniversary.” Action Magazine. December 1981. Page 9.
  • “Live Radio Show.” Action Magazine. August 1981.
  • Nosek, John, and Leon Stevens. “Gay Community 1970s.” Encyclopedia of Cleveland History.
  • “Show at Exedra.” “Turnabout.” Action Magazine. April 1983. Page 14.
  • “Turnabout.” Action Magazine. April 1980. Page 17.
1762 E 18th St, Cleveland, OH 44114

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