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Matterhorn1959
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From: Mile High City
Posted: 2007-01-25 8:43 pm   Permalink

As I was going through a collection of Disneyland and Southern California slides, I found these two slides. One has hand written inscription Tiki Restaurant Redondo. The slide without the notation is the one with the great sign for Tiki Kai. Enjoy....




 
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ZuluMagoo
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Posted: 2007-01-25 11:01 pm   Permalink

Great find Patrick. What's up with the treehouse in front?

 
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Matterhorn1959
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From: Mile High City
Posted: 2007-01-26 02:58 am   Permalink

I don't know about the treehouse, but from the looks of the ladder it was not in use. Or maybe it was used only by one of the tall carved tikis!

 
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jpmartdog
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Posted: 2007-01-26 05:39 am   Permalink

wow - check out how you can see right through the "faux" roof - You can see the frame work the thatch was attached to - seems to me , a strong Santa Ana wind could bring that creation down. I guess this is an example of why the building inspector throws his weight around!

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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2007-01-26 1:38 pm   Permalink

Wow, good find indeed! That place must not have been around for long, nobody knows anything about it. There is a nice postcard of it, you can see it (and the see-through roof) on Page 59 of the BOT (I always hated how they cut off the entrance Tiki on the right there, because of page "bleed"!).

These look like Milan Guanko Tikis to me. I never saw that big one by the side entrance, very cool. Their matchbook has the architectural rendering on it, the original of THAT would be a find, too!:



All in all it really looks like a very theatrical place, conceived like a temporary stage set, with big Tikis/big A-frame for effect, but the core being just a regular cafeteria, judging by the interior . I wonder if they had those two wings that one can see on the rendering.

Patrick, if you do not intend to use it for any projects of your own, I would love to get a high res scan of that wide shot, I bet cropping and zooming would really bring out the detail in the Tikis and cars!


 
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Matterhorn1959
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Posted: 2007-01-27 06:58 am   Permalink

Hey Bigbro- I sent you a PM.

 
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procinema29
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From: los angeles
Posted: 2007-01-27 4:57 pm   Permalink

Does anyone have an address for where the Tiki Kai was? I tried to read the street sign in the photo but it's too small...it might be interesting to go down there and see what's there now.

 
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Matterhorn1959
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From: Mile High City
Posted: 2007-01-27 5:12 pm   Permalink

It is too small and blurry on the slide to read as well.

 
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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2007-01-27 5:22 pm   Permalink

In the Book of Tiki only the front of the postcard is pictured so maybe Big Bro can save the day?
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Mr. NoNaMe
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Posted: 2007-01-27 5:39 pm   Permalink

I Googled the info available and this is what/where popped up.
Sorry for the long hyper. I do not know how to write it shorter.
Google Maps Link

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Mr. NoNaMe
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Posted: 2007-01-27 5:41 pm   Permalink

The map does not come up correctly, but the info that was on the map is the same.
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Tom Slick
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From: The Beaches of South Bay, SoCal
Posted: 2007-01-28 09:40 am   Permalink

I make out the sign to be Redondo Beach BLVD. I was discussing this image with My Mother who has lived in Torrance and Redondo Beach all of her life. She said there was a big A-Frame Restaurant on the corners of Artesia and Redondo Beach Blvd. That intersection comes to a V and Redondo Beach Blvd. merges into Artesia. What stands in that grid west of Hawthorne Blvd., is a parking lot and Marie Calanders, a Turners Outdoors, a Numero Uno Pizza, and a now defunct and closed Firestone Service Station that is now fenced off. I too enlarged the photo with a program that splines the pixels and only can make out Blvd semi clearly. Given the length of the street name, I'm going with RBB.If I find out any more details I'll post. I'm gonna try to go to City Hall later this week, and see if I can dig up any information. Great post and another great find!
ADDED* IMG
blown up to 2600dpi,after that it REALLY gets pixed.

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procinema29
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From: los angeles
Posted: 2007-01-28 12:15 pm   Permalink

Thanks for your help, everyone, trying to figure out where this place "was." Some details of the street may still be similar, and it might be possible to stand across the street from this corner and re-create the original camera angle.

 
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Humuhumu
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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2007-01-28 12:52 pm   Permalink

That's the Tiki Kai in Lawndale! Lawndale is adjacent to Redondo Beach (for those who don't know the area, the little towns in that area all bleed together). A quick search turned up this postcard on eBay (no address mentioned in the eBay listing, sadly):



Also, Sabu mentioned in this old post that he has a matchbook from the place that lists it as being in Lawndale:

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=4087&forum=1&vpost=37331

Sadly, the image in that post is gone. Sabu, do you have that matchbook handy?

The address speculated above (Artesia & Redondo Beach Blvd.) is right on the border between Lawndale & Redondo Beach (Torrance starts just a block to the east). If the borders were the same then that they are now, that would put Tiki Kai on the north side of that intersection, if -- and it's a big if -- the legal borders were used in deciding that the spot was Lawndale, rather than just a colloquial understanding. There's a whole lotta ifs going on, but hey, it's what we've got to work with! Unless someone can pony up a postcard or a matchbook with an address.




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bifcozz
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Posted: 2007-01-28 1:48 pm   Permalink



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