Editor, For decades, Laguna Beach had a large gay bar on Main Beach and later the Boom Boom Room at the Coast Inn. Luckily a gay man owns our much smaller and only remaining gay bar, the Bounce, and has made recent changes with more improvements coming. When “Pappy” Smith died in the early 1960s, […]
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As a youngster growing up in Laguna Beach, Chris Dornin considered himself steeped in artists. The high school’s teams then were still named Artists, rather than the current Breakers. He studied art with retired art teacher Peter Tiner, entering projects in local art competitions. Many of Dornin’s childhood friends have now become working artists. Some, […]
Editor, After attending a most enjoyable evening of the “Lagunatics” show, one of the numbers “Down in Laguna,” listed about five long gone downtown businesses. My memory was stimulated to remember over 50 more! See those listed below. I only go back to about 1960 in Laguna so I’m sure there are many, many more. […]
Editor, The city of Paris subsidizes some businesses because they believe they serve a unique public service. The City Council could have easily told the new owner of the Coast Inn to keep the Boom Boom open because it was a destination dance and food establishment for thousands who came to Laguna when […]
Perhaps not as storied as New York’s Stonewall Inn, site of a 1969 police raid and uprising that sparked the modern gay rights movement, still Laguna Beach’s Boom Boom Room is revered nearly as dearly among Orange County’s gay community. The dance club best known for its Wednesday night drag shows is a widely-known drawing […]