|Katherine Hepburn in "Sylvia Scarlett" (1935)|
Location: 1320 Chancellor Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Closed: Late 1995
Unfortunately, Kim Brittingham's recollections of her first experience at Hepburn's are far less nostalgic:
After Hepburn's closed in late 1995, Sisters (another lesbian bar) opened at Hepburn's former location in June 1996. Apparently Sisters is still in business--and Philadelphia's only lesbian bar.
However, even as late as 2007, Hepburn's still conjured up fond memories by former patrons. As Nicole R. mused, "Back in the day, Sisters used to be Hepburn's. I really liked that name a lot better. It lent it this air of class, of old movies and glamor."
Other former lesbian bars in Philadelphia (from the 1970s to the 90s) include Sneakers, Rusty's, Upstairs, PBL, and Rainbow's.
Photo: Katherine Hepburn in "Sylvia Scarlett" (1935). Exterior of Sisters.