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American Cinematheque raises a coconut to Don the Beachcomber

American Cinematheque is raising a coconut glass to the legacy of Donn Beach of Don the Beachcomber

Ernest Gantt, a world traveler born in Texas, was the father of the Tiki bar.

The former bootlegger opened the Don the Beachcomber bar in 1934 on McCadden Place in Hollywood opposite the Egyptian Theater. Gantt, who would change his name to Donn Beach, is credited with inventing more than 80 drinks, including "Tahitian Rum Punch" and "Navy Grog."

And the legacy of Don the Beachcomber is being celebrated Sunday at the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian.

Sven Kirsten, author of "Book of Tiki," will give an illustrated presentation about Beach, followed by a screening of the 1958 South Sea adventure "Enchanted Island" with Jane Powell and Dana Andrews.


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