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Kelbo's, Los Angeles, CA (restaurant)
tikilongbeach
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From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
Posted: 2013-05-11 09:13 am   Permalink

While searching through the Los Angeles Times online archives I found a 2008 article written by Steve Harvey (not the comedian) about LA's 'whimsical architecture'.
Harvey's Then and Now articles in the LA Times were a favorite of mine when I moved to LA. Now he writes a column in The Grunion. A weekly Long Beach community paper.

At the Kelbo's location on Pico one of the tikis was a repurposed pickle that used to adorn the roof of Pickle Bill's restaurant in West L.A. Unfortunately there isn't a picture.

www.latimes.com/travel/la-trw-then18-2008may18,0,163059.column



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[ Edited by: Bora Boris - Fixed link. - 2013-05-11 09:55 ]


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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2013-09-07 1:17 pm   Permalink



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woofmutt
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Posted: 2013-10-03 10:51 pm   Permalink

Just saw the 1969 film The Gay Deceivers* which has a small scene shot inside a Tiki joint (with actual tikis visible) and another scene shot outside of Kelbo's. Don't know if the interior was Kelbo's or a set.


*Amusing enough farce to watch with some really swell period sets.


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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2013-10-04 10:02 am   Permalink

If you can post a frame capture or two from that interior scene, I could tell you.

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2014-07-02 8:18 pm   Permalink

The Go-Go's record label signing party at Kelbos, circa 1981.









Under Kelbo's tin roofs, stuffed macaws and dried banana peels, the Go-Go’s and Copeland signed that sacred document, the long-term recording contract. And the flashbulbs started popping. 

Said lead guitarist Charlotte: I feel really secure, happy now. It makes more sense to be on a smaller label who’ll pay a lot of attention to you.


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2014-07-03 07:27 am   Permalink

Found this great old article on Kelbo's in a 1957 edition of Mechanix Illustrated. It tells the story of how Kelbo's started on a shoestring.













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Otto
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Posted: 2015-09-29 11:52 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-10-03 22:51, woofmutt wrote:
Just saw the 1969 film The Gay Deceivers* which has a small scene shot inside a Tiki joint (with actual tikis visible) and another scene shot outside of Kelbo's. Don't know if the interior was Kelbo's or a set.


*Amusing enough farce to watch with some really swell period sets.



Here's the interior shot that happens at 39:30 into the movie



and here's two of the Kelbo's shot that happens 57:30 into the movie. This is the Fairfax location





and here is YouTube link to movie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TrNwO5FZ8g


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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2015-09-30 9:34 pm   Permalink

Great screen grabs Otto!

 
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mike and marie
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Posted: 2016-03-21 12:51 pm   Permalink

Ok, so has anyone gone by here in the past couple of weeks to see what's going on?

We're wondering what business is going into this space now and whether or not the sign is being saved ... considering all the vintage wreckovations in LA recently we know it's too much to ask for but wouldn't it be great if this became a tiki bar again!


 
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RevBambooBen
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Posted: 2016-03-21 11:06 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-03-21 12:51, mike and marie wrote:
Ok, so has anyone gone by here in the past couple of weeks to see what's going on?

We're wondering what business is going into this space now and whether or not the sign is being saved ... considering all the vintage wreckovations in LA recently we know it's too much to ask for but wouldn't it be great if this became a tiki bar again!



That would be awesome!

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aroldo
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Posted: 2016-09-26 5:19 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2016-03-21 12:51, mike and marie wrote:
Ok, so has anyone gone by here in the past couple of weeks to see what's going on?

We're wondering what business is going into this space now and whether or not the sign is being saved ... considering all the vintage wreckovations in LA recently we know it's too much to ask for but wouldn't it be great if this became a tiki bar again!




They remolded and Fantasy Island is open again. They replace the sign though. No more tiki up top.


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2016-09-27 3:22 pm   Permalink

It was saved by pure luck by someone passing by;





 
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