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Alnshely
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: Oceanside CA
Posted: 2004-02-15 11:18 pm   Permalink

Few landmarks are more recognizable in the Los Angeles skyline than "The Encounter Restaurant" at the LA Airport. The building was completed at a total cost of 2.2 million in August of 1961. It remains an Icon of modernist design. Shelley and I visited the restaurant recently and I took some pics.









They have many of these giant Lava Lights.







http://www.encounterrestaurant.com/
Mahalo,
Al



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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
Posts: 5822
From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2004-02-15 11:53 pm   Permalink

Great memories Al!
My mom use to take me there once a month when we would drop my dad off to fly out for business. Back when the inside of the restaurant was just like a basic diner.
I never thought of it, but this just may actually be the place that triggered my love for mod /space age/retro designs. After Tiki that is.
How was the food?
Thanks for the pics!
Unga
Addendum:
I don't know if this is true, but I was told this is why the airport was named L.A.X., regarding the top of the building as you look down on it. (?)

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Klas
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Joined: May 04, 2003
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From: Stockholm, Sweden
Posted: 2004-02-16 09:02 am   Permalink

Great pics! I recently watched the movie "Dead Heat on a Merry-go-round" which have many shots of the restaurant showing up in the background of scenes.



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Geeky Tiki
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Joined: Oct 15, 2002
Posts: 533
From: Las vegas
Posted: 2004-02-16 10:18 am   Permalink

Those are wonderful pics!

Very motivating to actually take the time to go visit the place!


 
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Johnny Dollar
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Joined: Oct 01, 2003
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From: Baltimore, Maryland, PNG
Posted: 2004-02-16 10:23 am   Permalink

thanks al!

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ikitnrev
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Joined: Jul 27, 2002
Posts: 1313
From: D.C. / Virginia
Posted: 2004-02-16 11:15 am   Permalink

I've been to the Encounter several times - in fact I will often take a mid-afternoon rather than a morning flight out of LAX, just so I can have a relaxed lunch and cocktails beforehand at the Encounter.

My last visit thispast October was interesting. I was there at about 1:00pm, and had their raw tuna appetizer (very good) and a couple of their cocktails. I love the decor of the place, and asked the waitress if they had any souvenirs for sale. She went to check, and came back with a couple of complimentary postcards, which I accepted. She then took my credit card to ring up my bill.

When she came back with my bill to sign, she also had with her an aluminum pie plate tin - and inside of it was one of their blue-ridged plates, that has a small drawing/logo of the restaurant at one edge. She was giving me one of their plates to take home with me (the pie tin was to protect it) I then left the restaurant, and decided to take some pictures from the outside.

While walking outside, I looked up to the windows, and saw my waitress standing at my former table, looking outside , along with one other person. I waved at them, and they waved back at me, and I was thinking, 'Wow, what a friendly staff.'

A few minutes later, while still walking outside, I see the same waitress walking towards me - outside the restaurant, on ground level. It turns out that I had accidently taken the credit card statement with me, and she was coming to me to get me to sign a new bill. I felt quite embarassed, and ended up giving her a bigger tip for all the troubles she had gone through with me. I currently have this plate hanging in my home.

By the way, the interior of the Encounter was used for a recent Dockers commercial about two years ago. The ad featured a waitress, and when she puts on her X-ray glasses, she notices, among other things, that a businessman at one table is wearing wearing a woman's bra and underwear beneath his business suit.

What X-Ray visions has to do with Dockers, or space-age interiors, I have no clue.

Vern



 
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ikitnrev
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Joined: Jul 27, 2002
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From: D.C. / Virginia
Posted: 2004-02-16 11:26 am   Permalink


Here are some storyboard pictures from the website for that Encounter/Dockers ad

http://www.agencyfaqs.com/tvc/sboard/dockers_mobile_1701_2002.html

Vern


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Atomic Cocktail
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Joined: Jun 25, 2002
Posts: 925
From: Land O' The Next Big One-L.A.
Posted: 2004-02-16 11:33 am   Permalink

Below are two links that describe the Theme building at LAX that currently houses the Encounter restaurant:


http://www.ags.uci.edu/~tmheaney/SNA/LAX/theme.html

http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/history/historylab/LAPUHK/Text/Concepts/Icons/Icons_LAX.htm


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Tiki Chris
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: London
Posted: 2004-02-16 11:37 am   Permalink

Then ONLY times I've ever been happy to wait at an airport were the few times stuck at LAX, hanging out at the Encounter.

Thanks for the pics!


 
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Tikiwahine
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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
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From: Victoria, BC
Posted: 2004-02-16 11:38 am   Permalink

Coooool.

Neat story Vern!

If I get to do a Tiki Road Trip down to California for my honeymoon this August, I will definitely make a point of checking that place out.
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Cultjam
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Joined: Apr 21, 2002
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From: Phoenix, Arizona
Posted: 2004-02-16 12:02 pm   Permalink

I also make time to go to Encounter whenever I have a flight to LAX. The food is good, but on the pricey side.

It's great at night when the whole building is lit from underneath with changing colors.
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donhonyc
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Joined: Jan 13, 2003
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From: The Quiet EAST Village
Posted: 2004-02-16 2:30 pm   Permalink

Vern-

Funny story.

I have been to the Encounter a couple of times on my lasts visits to LA. I never knew it was called the 'The Theme Building'. I love how minimal that name is. Great place. I can't wait to get back to LA one of these days. NYC is great but , I love Cali. 'Specially LA and San Fran.


 
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vintagegirl
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Joined: Jun 12, 2002
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From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2004-02-16 7:06 pm   Permalink

Very nice composition, Al!

 
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Shipwreckjoey
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Joined: Nov 29, 2002
Posts: 1794
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2004-02-16 10:31 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the pics. I can't believe as long as I lived in L.A. and went by there several times, I never actually took the time to go in and check it out! I'll definately stop in next time I'm up that way.

 
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Alnshely
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: Oceanside CA
Posted: 2004-02-17 08:53 am   Permalink

If you ask for SWAG downstairs they'll give you this swell refrigerator magnet and this post card.


Mahalo,
Al


 
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