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Some good stuff from the Polynesian in Torrance
martiki
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Posted: 2003-06-23 11:36 pm   Permalink

I had a really successful weekend at a collectibles fair, so I wanted to share some goodies...sorry for those in Lo Cal for whom this stuff is old hat.

Here's the cover & inside of one of their matchbooks:





Somewhat more interesting is this scan from the back of an album by the Polynesians:



The cover shot has a huge waterfall- looks like the place had a great interior. Any other interior shots out there?

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christiki295
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Posted: 2003-06-24 12:45 am   Permalink

Excellent score.

 
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Doctor Z
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Posted: 2003-06-24 03:13 am   Permalink

Nice finds! Sabu may have some pics of the interior, and I have a few pics that show a large volcano in the inner courtyard. Of course, your matchbook finds just further my frustration: 'The Polynesian' later became the 'Latitude 20', and through all our combined years of searching, neither I nor Sabu have come up with anything but paper (menus, postcards, matchbooks) for The Polynesian, and nothing but mugs/glassware for the Latitude 20! I've never seen a single mug, glass or plate for the Polynesian, and, although I have 8 different mugs for the '20, I've never seen a single paper item! Go figure...
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2003-06-24 10:30 am   Permalink

Martiki,

Thanks for posting those items from the Polynesian - I've never seen either of those. I need to find that album - It was by the Polynesians, you say? I have a postcard that shows the building from much the same angle as in your b/w photo.

Here's the courtyard shot that Doctor Z was talking about - with the Volcano/Waterfall.

I've also got the drink menu, the postcard of the exterior, and a different matchbook than yours.

The Polynesian was run by Pete Reitz, who I'm told still lives in Palos Verdes, (and whom I'd love to interview). It was a favorite hangout of Bob and LeRoy of Oceanic Arts back when they were young. When it changed ownership, it became Hop Louie's "Latitude 20". Now it's a strip mall. All that's left of the original restaurants are the stumps of the palm trees out front.

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Posted: 2003-06-24 11:29 am   Permalink

Sabu -
seriously - you should do something with all this great info - maybe a book with sections on defunct tiki establishments (each one would show examples like postcards, mugs, menus, etc for each place) - ever thought about that?
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Posted: 2003-06-24 11:39 am   Permalink

Sabu -
seriously - you should do something with all this great info - maybe a book with sections on defunct tiki establishments (each one would show examples like postcards, mugs, menus, etc for each place) - ever thought about that?
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Polynesiac
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Posted: 2004-02-18 3:28 pm   Permalink

Quote:
The Polynesian was run by Pete Reitz



Sadly, he passed away a few years back. (I used to work with his sons wife). As far as I know, they still live up in PV.
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2008-09-03 11:47 am   Permalink

I always thought that this was one of the cool spots in Southern California. It seems to be one of the few Tiki restaurants that found a second life (as Latitude 20)after the first place closed.

I picked up the postcard that shows the same shot as the back of the album cover.



Here is a close up of the sign



The back of the card.





 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-04-15 4:27 pm   Permalink

Some new developments on The Polynesian.


Here is a menu that I have and have seen around before.



And a matchbook, also seen before.



The new find is the grog list companion to the menu, saw this on ebay.






And finally, I got this Matchbook from Latitude 20 which occupied The Polynesian.





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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-04-16 10:10 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2003-06-24 03:13, Doctor Z wrote:
through all our combined years of searching, neither I nor Sabu have come up with anything but paper (menus, postcards, matchbooks) for The Polynesian, and nothing but mugs/glassware for the Latitude 20! I've never seen a single mug, glass or plate for the Polynesian, and, although I have 8 different mugs for the '20, I've never seen a single paper item! Go figure...



This is what is cool about the matchbook from Latitude 20 - here it is again right side up this time.





Here are some of the mugs from Latitude 20 from Tikicleen's and Tiki-Kate's collection on Ooga Mooga.
























So, does anybody out there have any more paper items from Latitude 20??? Postcard? Menu? Ad?

Or a mysterious Mug from The Polynesian?

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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-05-18 4:41 pm   Permalink

Picked up a different matchbook from Latitude 20.

Is it my imagination or did the designer mess up on the latitude markings on this matchbook?





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Posted: 2009-08-23 4:56 pm   Permalink

Here is a napkin from the Polynesian with a cool map. Still no sightings of a mug.



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Tiki-Kate
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Posted: 2009-10-30 7:55 pm   Permalink

Matchbook


And Martin, if you're not too busy with that whole opening a new bar thing, could you please fix the photo links on the first post?
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-11-28 2:20 pm   Permalink

I was lucky to score the smaller drink menu from the Polynesian, here is the cover.



and the obligatory education on Rum on the inside cover.



Back cover is the appetizer menu.


The drink menu in the standard mild, medium and strong format







You can see that they did not use any signature Tiki mugs which is why there are none around.

The best is the communal drinks page.



Check out these kava style bowls.



Now that would be a find!

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Tom Slick
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Posted: 2009-11-28 4:40 pm   Permalink

What would REALLY be a find is a $2.00 Drink in a bowl!

 
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