Tim Grobaty: The Palace & the Lan...

Tim Grobaty: The Palace the Lantern

There are 43 comments on the Long Beach Press-Telegram story from Jan 26, 2008, titled Tim Grobaty: The Palace the Lantern. In it, Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that:

ROCK HALL RECOLLECTED: We are borne back ceaselessly into the past, dealing with the memories of readers who ask us to do a little recollecting of things that have slipped their minds over the years.

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Surfpunk

Henderson, NV

#22 Nov 24, 2010
The band, "Middle Earth."
Grobaty Editorials

Huntington Beach, CA

#23 Nov 27, 2010
Have Grobaty & Editorial Writer(s) Switch Roles for a week:

http://www.topix.com/forum/source/long-beach-...
jimmie f

Sarasota, FL

#24 Dec 6, 2010
oh man i hit the motherload of my youth. i was listing to my daughter talk about wanting a fire pit, and bingo----airport club. i saw ike & tina, dick dale, the rumblers, little willie and the pyramids, yikes the early sixties, not alot of booze and drugs there, yet! i rember hangin at the fire pit smoking cigs,maybe 16, had my madras shirt on, blue top-siders. shit that was way bitchin......
jimmie f

Sarasota, FL

#25 Dec 6, 2010
oh yah i forgot. went to millikan 66', so the lantern was on my block, our hang.... so was winchells.
edison freeman

United States

#26 Dec 29, 2010
a wonderful venue. my band "renaissance faire" gigged there with "the stack", one of the finest local bands...late 1968 as i recall...
Bill Wylde

United States

#27 Jan 25, 2011
Mary Butterworth.com has a pic of the Marina Palace in all its multi-color glory. I remember the fire pit, too. Great place for shows.
Nadja

Spartanburg, SC

#28 Mar 6, 2011
I worked at Marina Palace in '72 and '73....I still have my first check stub, I was for 5 bucks! I would work serving cokes, or taking coats, Sunday was for band auditions and clean up. I had little cards with the bands on there (I have a bunch of those in a scrap book, I always saved one after every weekend!) I have one where Van Halen played, and a flyer for a house party they were playing at as well. Rick Derringer is on one of the cards as well. It was a BIG TIME!!!! Girls all dressed in their beach or Hawaiian prints, twirling and doing a crazy surf dance. THere were seats in the back where people went to smoke pot and make out. The stage revolved so set up for each band was easy enough. Every band played covers, and The Ocean and Rocky Mountain Way was in the repertoire. Clean ups on Sundays....well, we swept, and there were always, roaches, doobies, pipes, and once a 1/4 sheet of blotter acid. I loved that place!!!! I'm not even really sure how I fell into working there, but I turned a lot of people on to it and don't think I ever had a bad time.... I think about it off and on over the years. Think my cloud will have a revolving stage and the soundtrack will be the music I heard through those golden years!!!:):):)
Joe Bailey

AOL

#29 Mar 10, 2011
jdarnold wrote:
What great times we had at the Palace. I remember The Boston Tea Party, The Knights of Day, Super Chicken, I remember seeing Sky Saxon and The Seeds!!What a trip to think about those times. We lived to go to the Palace every Sat. nite. I remember Mr. Robertson, what a nice man he was. Very good memories from my teens. The Yellow Balloon played there too. If anyone remembers The Knights of Day, Chuck the drummer passed away about 5 years ago. He owned The Humble House head shop for many years in Lakewood. Very good friend. Love reading all these memories.Please send pictures.
I remember "The Knights of Day," I was in a band named "Blues Basket" and we played on the same show with them in LA, atound 1968. We got them the job at Marina Palace, they were really nice guys and a damn good band. There singer and lead guitarist Jack Applebaum had one of the best rock voices I've ever heard. We also played with Super Chicken at MP, great band.
Funkeyshoe

Glendale, CA

#30 Apr 24, 2011
drsprocket wrote:
Seen Tina Turner there in 1965. Owner helped me in 1972 when I ran Fox theater rock shows in Long Beach across from Memorial auditorium. Airport club wall it in early 60's.
I played both Marine Palace & Fox west coast in Long Beach. Do you remember TRAIN? I was the Lead Guitaris/Lad Vocalist.

Since: Jun 11

Dallas, TX

#31 Jun 2, 2011
Nadja - I'm working on a book on Van Halen and would love to learn more about VH at the palace. Please drop me a line if you read this! My email - grenoff (at)-- gmail d0t com. thanks!
Nadja wrote:
I worked at Marina Palace in '72 and '73....I still have my first check stub, I was for 5 bucks! I would work serving cokes, or taking coats, Sunday was for band auditions and clean up. I had little cards with the bands on there (I have a bunch of those in a scrap book, I always saved one after every weekend!) I have one where Van Halen played, and a flyer for a house party they were playing at as well. Rick Derringer is on one of the cards as well. It was a BIG TIME!!!! Girls all dressed in their beach or Hawaiian prints, twirling and doing a crazy surf dance. THere were seats in the back where people went to smoke pot and make out. The stage revolved so set up for each band was easy enough. Every band played covers, and The Ocean and Rocky Mountain Way was in the repertoire. Clean ups on Sundays....well, we swept, and there were always, roaches, doobies, pipes, and once a 1/4 sheet of blotter acid. I loved that place!!!! I'm not even really sure how I fell into working there, but I turned a lot of people on to it and don't think I ever had a bad time.... I think about it off and on over the years. Think my cloud will have a revolving stage and the soundtrack will be the music I heard through those golden years!!!:):):)
redlocks

Carson, CA

#32 Jun 16, 2011
I lived across the street from "The Knights of Day" guitarist Barry Greenberg. I remember what a treat it was to sit on the driveway while the band practiced in the garage. Sorry to hear about Chuck. Such wonderful memories
Zilla Dave Redondo Bch

Las Vegas, NV

#33 Sep 6, 2011
Great place.It was only one of the few places we could play loud and with ALL of our stax being a power trio.Lots The Knights of Day were a great band.Eddie Van I copied everyone that never made it Halen used to follow me around and watch me like a hawk.I got so fed up with it i started playing with my back to the crowd.I only had one bad experience there and it was as being part of the crowd and not playing that night.All i remember is sitting on the pot throwing up for 4 hours and then having to get back to Redondo bch where my 64 Vw bus was parked.That was the first and last time i ever drank southern comfort.I am still trying to figure out what they mean by comfort.lol Thanks all for the great memories.Dave
rokin

AOL

#34 Sep 6, 2011
Mackian Phill White

Bend, OR

#35 Dec 13, 2011
Lynn really knows the real deal of Marina Palace in its hey day. I was in 2 bands that played there. Sky Blue Pink and Sapient. Marina Palace was a trip; quite literally! It was our version of San Francisco down here by Orange County. If I wasn't gigging somewhere, that's where you'd find me. I don't recall any violence there at all. The Allman Brothers Band, Alice Cooper, The Stack, Johnny Winter, Rick Derringer, Three Dog Night and I'm surprised I remember that much! LOL! Any name that would play at the Golden Bear most likely did Marina Palace too. There was also an underground place called Syndicate 2000 by the Golden Bear. Does anyone recall that club? Write me at Mackian@mail.com and yes I'm still playing!
Lynn Ava wrote:
Couldn't resist necroposting when I saw this being as I was reminiscing how much fun we had at Marina Palace back in it's heyday. It was located near what is now the Long Beach Marketplace parking lot. I recall it being by oil derricks and the estuary back in that area, the parking lot for it a swamp practically with a rough and edgy personality.
Had great bands playing on a circular turntable stage, three per night, was the place to play and get recognition for garage bands and well knowns alike. One band would finish a set and another rotate into place and start theirs, never a dull moment. Dance floor was HUGE, packed, and usually trash lined. Set of staircases on each side ran up to a loft and if I recall, maybe bathrooms. There was a giant fire pit inside, lousy drinks which even the under aged managed to obtain as they allowed all ages there. For awhile they tried segregating by age, quickly a failure, stamps to identify the difference which also failed, and police loved to spend all their time fighting major crime there... yea. More like enjoyed using this as excuse for hanging around the young skirts as they still do today. haha Seriously... can't recall much controversy or fighting there unless created by the police department.
That quonset hut had every imaginable color of patch paint on it and a very cool sign, looked like a Grateful Dead Electric Kool-Aid bus, couldn't be missed, but in the best possible location for rocking the place off it's foundations because nobody and nothing lived around that area. This is what they need today for kids to have fun and listen to their generation's music in. We weren't hurting anyone, neither are they, but they should watch for drunk driving is all.
If anyone has a photo of Marina Palace, wish they'd post and share it with everyone, it was a huge part of 60's/70's youth and party history! We had ourselves a serious hoot.
Mackian Phill White

Bend, OR

#36 Dec 13, 2011
Lynn really knows the real deal of Marina Palace in its hey day. I was in 2 bands that played there. Sky Blue Pink and Sapient. Marina Palace was a trip; quite literally! It was our version of San Francisco down here by Orange County. If I wasn't gigging somewhere, that's where you'd find me. I don't recall any violence there at all. The Allman Brothers Band, Alice Cooper, The Stack, Johnny Winter, Rick Derringer, Three Dog Night, Van Halen and I'm surprised I remember that much! LOL! Any name that would play at the Golden Bear most likely did Marina Palace too. There was also an underground place called Syndicate 2000 by the Golden Bear. Does anyone recall that club? Write me at Mackian@mail.com and yes I'm still playing!
Greg

Fresno, CA

#37 Feb 16, 2012
pat wrote:
I remember all that's been said and more...Yes I had a lot of good memories of the place, but please...it was a hole! It was filthy, and you ALWAYS had to watch where you stepped because you never knew what you might step in! Yep, there was a lot of drinking, but also people getting high inside the building. I saw many folks OD there. I saw a million local bands, but the biggest shows I saw there was "Humble Pie" and "Mountian." I loved the place! Between the Marina Palace and the "Fox West Coast Theater" in Long Beach we had it made...
I archive concert dates for Mountain & Humble Pie and would love to know when you saw Mountain & Humble Pie at Marina Palace. TourArchive@aol.com
lda

Riverside, CA

#38 Jun 15, 2012
My mother worked at the Airport club around 1950 for Mr. Robinson. It was then a card club and she remembers Mr. Robinson as always in denim, no alcohol allowed and no fraternizing...a clean club. Anyone know how I can find more information about the club during this time?
bob george

Easley, SC

#39 Jun 22, 2012
Marla Allard Webb wrote:
<quoted text>I remember auditioning Strawberry Alarm Clock and Alice Cooper in 69 I was 16. I think auditions were on Sundays then. I am 55 now:-)
strawberry alarm clock played there before 1969, pretty sure it was 1966 or 1967
Mike Elam

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#40 Dec 26, 2012
I'm surprised there's no mention of The Emperors. We played there regularly in '63-'64. Mike Elam - Sax; Brian Cameron - Sax; Randy Siegers - Lead Guitar; Bill Hughes - Rhythm Guitar; Stan Foat - Bass and; Steve Watts - Drums.
Paul Craig

Fullerton, CA

#41 May 2, 2014
Does anyone remember a band that played there frequently in the late 60's called "Space"? and an east coast band called "Portable People"?

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