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Cocoanut Grove


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Los Angeles


ca. 1928


The Cocoanut Grove was located in the Ambassador Hotel, which onetime resident F. Scott Fitzgerald described as “the greatest, gaudiest spree in American history.” The glamorous nightclub was frequented by movie moguls and Hollywood stars. The large room was decorated in the Moroccan style, featuring life-size papier mâché trees hung with real coconuts and palm fronds. Stuffed monkeys swung in the branches, blinking with electrified amber eyes at the revelers below. The frolicsome theme was reflected on the club’s menus which showed monkeys in various guises.