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The Beachcomber, Calgary, Canada (restaurant)
Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2011-12-18 6:55 pm   Permalink

Name:The Beachcomber
Type:restaurant
Street:611 7th Avenue S.W.
City:Calgary
State:
Zip:
country:Canada
Phone:
Status:defunct

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I have been doing a little research on The Beachcomber restaurant that was located in Calgary. It was the fifth Beachcomber restaurant opened in the chain.





I found this article from 1966 announcing the expansion of the Calgary restaurant with a new dining room.






Photo of the interior.


Some of the story.





Entertainment ads.






The restaurant burned down in 1972 and a Fireman died in the blaze.







Have not seen a postcard or other photo evidence from this one.

DC



 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2011-12-18 7:29 pm   Permalink

Wow, looks like it had a great facade, front entrance, and sign. None of the Canadian Tiki agents have any photos of that?



 
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Slacks Ferret
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Joined: Oct 02, 2003
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From: Calgary
Posted: 2011-12-18 7:37 pm   Permalink

I've been waiting patiently to get photos of this. I've seen photos of the exterior during the fire. Good clear ones...but alas, I haven't been able to secure them yet.

Where o' where are you finding this stuff dustycajun? I just looked allover the net for the photos of the fire recently and it brought up zip.



 
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Brandomoai
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From: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Posted: 2011-12-19 2:11 pm   Permalink

DC has enough CanCon to make the CRTC proud! I think he's secretly Canadian... Dustycanajun!

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Slacks Ferret
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From: Calgary
Posted: 2015-01-26 8:46 pm   Permalink

As mentioned before, the Beachcomber fire was an infamous one in Calgary's history, due to the fact that a firefighter lost his life at that blaze. Outside Calgary City Hall there is a firefighters memorial which features a few photo etchings.




One of these is of the Beachcomber fire. it's hard to photograph this etched photo off the monument, but here's my attempt:







It feels a bit tacky to post this, but perhaps someone else will find these pictures interesting...



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Kilaueakyd
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From: The active crater
Posted: 2015-02-11 12:31 pm   Permalink

Very interesting. Thanks for the photos. I love this stuff

 
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Kilaueakyd
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From: The active crater
Posted: 2015-11-17 11:51 am   Permalink

We gotta find some more stuff on this place. It looked so stunning. I have never seen any pictures of the inside. I also wonder how the fire started. I know they renamed it Lucifer's after a fireman died there.

 
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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
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From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2018-05-22 06:14 am   Permalink

Per ooga mooga:

From The Beachcomber, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, a Tiki Location

This small tiki mug was used at the Beachcomber restaurant in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for serving Coffee Grog. The mug is olive green, with a handle on the side and a Ku-life face on each side. Identical to the Napco design depicted on page 48 of Tiki Quest, aside from the different glaze c





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Slacks Ferret
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From: Calgary
Posted: 2018-12-15 10:06 am   Permalink

Better looks at the beachcomber fire image:






 
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Slacks Ferret
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From: Calgary
Posted: 2018-12-19 3:43 pm   Permalink

Another view of the devastating fire from a book entitled "Yours for Life: 125 Years of Courage, Compassion and Service from the Calgary Fire Department"



It's interesting to note that the huge Beachcomber sign must have fallen in front of the restaurant during the time lapsed between when these two photos were captured. You can see it lying in front of the restaurant on the inset photo.


 
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EnchantedTikiGoth
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Joined: Dec 31, 2003
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From: Calgary, Canada
Posted: 2018-12-21 6:25 pm   Permalink

Made a little tear come to my eye, before realizing that if a fire didn't claim it then an office building would have >_<

 
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