From Montebello to Monterey Park, Disco parties bloomed across the Eastside in the late 70s.

As the 70s came to a close, disco fever was in full swing on the Eastside. Steakhouses, Tiki bars, and even parking lots were transformed into disco party havens, as people from all walks of life came together to boogie down.

For some, disco represented a chance to let loose and forget their troubles for a night. For others, it was an opportunity to connect with friends and neighbors in a fun and festive setting. Regardless of their reasons for attending, Eastsiders of all ages enjoyed getting down to the disco beat.

James Rojas (right) grew up attending and hosting disco parties in East L.A. Photo courtesy of James Rojas.

One of the most popular disco venues on the Eastside was Montebello’s Club Medusa. With its state-of-the-art sound system and dazzling light show, Club Medusa was the place to be for Eastside disco lovers. In addition to its regular weekly parties, the club also hosted special events like New Year’s Eve bashes and Memorial Day extravaganzas.

Monterey Park’s Starlite Room was another popular disco destination. Located in a converted gym, the Starlite Room offered plenty of space for dancing and socializing. The room’s DJ booth was located in the middle of the room, allowing partygoers to get up close and personal with the music.

Boyle Heights’ own Disco Donnie’s was another hotspot for Eastside disco aficionados. This Tiki bar-turned-discotheque featured a spacious dance floor, ample seating, and a fully stocked bar. Disco Donnie’s was the place to be on Saturday nights, when DJs spun all your favorite disco hits.

Whether they were hitting up their local steakhouse or heading out to one of the Eastside’s hottest discos, Eastsiders were definitely feeling the love in the late 70s. Thanks to this vibrant disco scene, they had plenty of opportunities to let loose and have some fun!

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