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The Tropics, Beverly Hills, CA (restaurant)
Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-10-01 10:37 am   Permalink

Here is a beauty of a souvenir photo holder showing some pretty rare photos of the inside and exterior of the original Beverly Hills Tropics.



Sadly not won by me.

DC


 
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abstractiki
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From: Lodi, CA
Posted: 2011-11-18 10:40 pm   Permalink

I discovered these menu images of the Tropics buried deep in the LA Library Menu archives. This menu is stored in the "Rare Book Room" of the Central Library.















 
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abstractiki
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Posted: 2011-11-18 10:53 pm   Permalink

Here is another menu image I found. It is similar to the one DC posted earlier in this thread.



front



back



inside





 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2012-05-16 8:52 pm   Permalink

Here is an old (somewhat crusty!) place mat I got from the Hollywood Tropics.



It really shows the tie in of the movie industry and movie sets with the early pre-Tiki bars in LA.



I also saw this nice photo of the Beverly Hills interior in a photo holder that was for sale on-line.





And, a matchbook from the Christmas holiday season.






DC


 
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ErkNoLikeFire
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2012-05-19 12:19 am   Permalink

Really like the art on the placemat!

 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-05-19 12:45 am   Permalink

There is that great table cloth again - gotta find one of those. And that placemat is a keeper!

 
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Chub
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From: Detroit, MI but now in sunny Los Angeles
Posted: 2012-08-21 6:42 pm   Permalink

The following is from the Los Angeles Public Library Collection.
Photo taken of Mignon Woidemann and Jackson Moffett dining in the gay Hawaiian surroundings of "Sugie's" tropics, smart rendezvous in Beverly Hills. Photo dated: June 28, 1937.


L to R: Reizel "Rose" Strelnicker, Sarah "Sherry" Trevor, Aaron and Esther Cordon at celebration (possibly New Year's celebration) at the Tropics restaurant in Hollywood.


Charles Chaplin hosted a party at Harry Sugarman's Tropics in Beverly Hills in November 1936. Seated left to right in the outdoor patio of the Tropics are Mr. Chaplin, Anita Lees, Paulette Goddard and John Emerson.


View of Vine Street looking north from Sunset Boulevard. The Tropics Restaurant and Hollywood Recreation Center Bowling are on the left, with the Broadway Hollywood in the distance.


Night view of Vine Street looking north from Sunset Boulevard. The Tropics Restaurant and Hollywood Recreation Center Bowling are on the left, with the Broadway Hollywood in the distance.

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Tipsy McStagger
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From: HELL
Posted: 2014-01-09 05:32 am   Permalink

another picture of the interior lifted of this cool site -


http://www.martinturnbull.com/hollywood-places/places-p-to-z/





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Grand Kahu
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Joined: Jul 31, 2006
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From: Dallas, TX
Posted: 2014-01-09 08:48 am   Permalink

Tipsy,

Actually, I own(ed) the vintage color negative of that picture you just posted - it sold to me on the Bay last year. The subject was identified on the sleeve - it's Shirley Temple and her first husband John Agar at Sugie's Tropics. They divorced in 1949, so presumably this picture is late 1940s.

GK
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TropicDrinkBoy
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Posted: 2014-01-14 12:00 am   Permalink

It's cool to see that vintage picture of Duke in the background when it wasn't vintage!

 
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Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2014-05-15 07:34 am   Permalink

That's a great photo of Shirley Temple! Here are a few ads that bring home the movie star lineage that Sugie's Tropics had back in the day.



He went from "Informal Cocktail Lounge of the Motion Picture Industry"

to "Informal Dining Rooms and Cocktail Lounge of the Motion Picture Industry"



They must have expanded the lounge to add dining rooms.


DC


 
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clayfran
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Posted: 7 days ago; 1:30 pm   Permalink

This ad for the Tropics appeared in a 1949 Playgoer program booklet for the Earl Carroll Theatre Restaurant, Hollywood.


 
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tikicoma
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Joined: Jan 16, 2010
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 7 days ago; 11:19 pm   Permalink

Nice finds Clayfran! It's nice to have a new voice adding to the history of tiki. Thanks and keep up the good search.

aloha, tikicoma


 
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