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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2014-10-17 6:31 pm   Permalink

Hiltiki,

Nice photo, another view of Bob Brooks Leeteg collection. I picked up a souvenir photo holder from the Seven Seas with this photo inside. Looks to be from the 1950s.




And an old photo of the exterior sign.



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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2015-02-02 12:13 pm   Permalink

From the Los Angeles Public Library photo archives.



Circa: 1950
Historical Notes: Ray Haller opened the Seven Seas in the mid-1930s as a Polynesian bar and it soon became a hot spot for Hollywood celebrities as well as the soldiers and sailors stationed in Los Angeles during WWII. The island-themed nightclub held live floor shows with music and dancers three times a night. It was decorated with tropical plants and nautical items, lava rocks and a faux corrugated metal roof above allowing for its most unique feature, a nightly tropical rainstorm complete with authentic thunder played from a record player. The nightclub later became the Seven Seas Supper Club and closed sometime in the late 1960s or early 1970s.
Summary:Two men and a woman are shown in front of the 7 Seas Restaurant in Hollywood. The group is standing at the entrance to the restaurant which has a protruding neon sign above the entrance that reads "7 Seas." Below that is a ship's wheel with "7 Seas" in neon. On the right, partially obscured is a building with the signs "liquor" and "wines," and bottles can be seen in the window. The restaurant is located at 6904 Hollywood Boulevard.

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Tiare
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Posted: 2016-01-23 8:40 pm   Permalink

I was watching Valley Girl last night and when she first gets in the car with Randy ( Nicolas Cage) and they are driving around hollywood they go right by the Seven Seas! The movie was from 1983 so they probably shot it in 1982 and the sign was lit up so maybe still open? It was at the 29 mins mark.

Sorry for the photo of my laptop, couldn't get a screenshot.



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Danno
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Posted: 2016-01-24 08:16 am   Permalink

It was definitely opened during those years. It was popular with Friday and Saturday night "new wave" music/dance nightclubs at that time, so it fits in perfect to the "Valley Girl" movie. I went a couple of times with friends during that time period (a much younger Danno).
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holdontotherail
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Posted: 2017-05-11 10:35 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-11-09 19:24, Captain Grimes wrote:
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On 2008-11-25 15:28, Tattoo wrote:
The hardest part has been trying to figure out when the 7 Seas opened (and closed). The dateline I have come up looking at postcards and writings is

1936 - a post card that refers to a visit in 1936
1937 - Ray Haller postcard
1941 - Bob Brooks postcard
1981 - Wonderland Murder article in NY Times

So it's save to say the 7 Seas was open from at least 1936 through 1981. Another question I've had is the whole Ray Haller and Bob Brooks relation. If you ask me, they're the same person!



I've been doing a little research in the LA Times for a project, and came up with some possible answers.

The earliest mention of the 7 Seas that I can find is from The Times' Hollywood gossip column of December 26, 1935. Here's the full quote:

Quote:
Recent visitors at Ray Hallor's Seven Seas Cafe included Alice Faye, Jean Harlow, Dorothy Lee, the Hugh Herberts, Betty Lawford, Eugene O'Brien, and the Ray Dodges.








I've discovered the exact opening date. From the LA Times column "Around and About in Hollywood" on November 30, 1935:
"A preview of Ray Hallor's new Seven Seas cocktail lounge is set for Monday night with the formal opening the following evening." Nov. 30, 1935 was a Saturday, so that would make the formal opening on December 3, 1935. Additionally, I think Ray Hallor is referred to in such a way that it is assumed the reader is familiar with the name, especially since it's in a Hollywood column, further cementing the conclusion that the actor is the correct guy.

edit: bad math

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ErichTroudt
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Posted: 28 days ago; 10:51 am   Permalink

Found this today while digging thru postcards at the swapmeet



 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 25 days ago; 11:28 am   Permalink

Great Napkin! Don't have that one.

Picked up another photo folder from the Seven Seas with a view of some more of the Leeteg paintings with sailors having fun.



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