Christian's Hut Was A Big Draw For The Hollywood Set Because It
Was Owned By The Brother Of One Of Hollywood's Biggest
late 1930s, Art La Shelle opened Christian's Hut, a Tahitian
style restaurant and bar on the bay front, now the location of
Newport Towers. Christian's Hut was noted for its great oriental
style food, and was always being frequented by the Hollywood set.
Red Skelton, Johnny Weismuller, Fred Mac Murray, and Howard Hughes
to name a few. Joe La Shelle, Art's brother, was an Oscar-winning
cinematographer, one of his more well-known movies was "The
This rare circa 1945
aerial view shows Christian's Hut in its heyday.
Much of the
Christian's Hut food was prepared in a big outdoor cooking
pit. No one could figure out how the filet mignon could be
crispy-charred on the outside and rare in the middle. One regular
customer was told in confidence the secret was to first freeze the
steak, toss it on a white-hot grill to sear it, then drop it into
a deep fryer. The downstairs bar area had a sand floor which led
all the way to the water where the patrons would beach their
boats. The dining room was upstairs. Marshall, the maitre d', was
given the nickname Francois, because he would kiss the hand of
every woman coming in the door, starting at her finger tips and working his way up
her arm all the way to her head. Marshall's daughter, Delores, was a beauty
queen who married George Perlin, who owned the Richfield Station
then located at the corner of Adams Street and Balboa Boulevard.
George had the nickname "Beast" because of all his body hair.
After the couple were married, they were given the nickname
"Beauty and the Beast."
Christian's Hut burned down in 1963.
The Mac Innis family,
Debi, Ian, Andy and Sean.
The Balboa Village Market's,
guess the weight of the Big Mac pumpkin and win it contest was won by the Mac Innis family with a guess of 101 pounds.
The actual pumpkin weight was 102
Click To Visit Faces Of Balboa
newest feature brings you the faces of the people who live work
and play in Balboa. Everyone in Balboa is invited to be a part of
this project, and have their pictures taken for this feature at
the Balboa Village Market every Saturday between 9:00 AM and 10:00
AM. It's free, it's fun, it's virtually painless and it's politically
Words Of Wisdom
"You'll be entering a cryogenic
chamber where you will be frozen until such time as you can be
revived and brought back into society to serve a useful purpose."
Things they tell turkeys.
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The Viking Hotel
The Viking Hotel was
located at the corner of Balboa Boulevard and A Street
Mike Wallace for these
great old photos and information
from Balboa's past.
Mike , I finally went to see Balboa after over 30 years today
.Parts of the fun zone are still recognizable but so many
Apartments along the bay side now where
I used to lay out in the
sand n sun as a child .My grandparents used to own the Viking
Hotel on Balboa Blvd or Ave ? one block east of Maine St.
on the ocean side corner.
I met some old lady at an old store and
she gave me the name of this web site . So I thought why not
e-mail you a couple old pictures of the Viking Hotel which I think
they demolished sometime between 1967---1969 ?
I hope maybe you
mite put them on this web site or it can be shown somewhere as
another old nostalgic bit of Balboa hotel history.
from Dick Vogel's personal photo album.
people watching boat races in 1932. They are on the beach between
the Pavilion and what would later be Hill's Boat Service.
just read about the demise of the Grey Goose. So sad..but I'll
always have my memories!
Love the new [Weather Page] look. Enjoy the tales. I'm the idiot
who sent the 2cts. about the planter in the middle of bal blvd..