Jeff Delaney’s book Newport Beach has a chapter on the 1910’s. It had some great old-time pictures of the Pavilion in Balboa, which served a variety of purposes over the years.
Mary Harlan, born just seven houses away from the pavilion in June 1909, recalled in 1981 that the balcony was the place to be on Friday nights when throngs gathered for fun.
While a boardwalk exits on the bay side, west of the pavilion, this portion east of the structure is but a memory.
The pavilion has been home to many ventures over its history, including restaurants, sports fishing, offices, an art museum, gambling parlors, and bowling alleys.
At Balboa Beach, “where the bay and ocean meet,” canoeing was a popular sport.
During the 1910s, a barbershop took up residence in the pavilion. It employed an infamous barber called “Lucky Tiger Jack,” so named because of his propensity to indulge heavily in his Lucky Tiger hair tonic.
All pictures and information is from Jeff Delaney’s book Newport Beach.
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