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The Golden Bear-Where the Stars Shined Brightly

Published on: November 19, 2012

Jerry Garcia. David Crosby, Robin Williams, BB King, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Martin, Jimmy Buffet. The Doors. Talk about Star Power! It made Huntington Beach’s Golden Bear, a local as well as internationally-famous restaurant/entertainment club (on and off) for more than 50 years. There was a “Monday Hoot Night,” where unknowns auditioned for a slot in the Bear lineup. A couple guys named Cheech and Chong tried out and made the cut.

The Bear closed its doors on January 29, 1986 and was torn down shortly thereafter.  Read all about the Golden Bear, a shining star of  entertainment venues in California between the 1920s and 80s.  You can visit the Golden Bear exhibit a the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum through December 2012. Call for hours: 714-960-3483

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