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Encounters - LAX Theme Building

Postby marcjoseph » Wed Nov 19, 2003 5:45 pm

For the very first time, I went to Encounters at LAX last Saturday night. What a disappointment! First of all, I must say the building is spectacular, one of the most wonderful space-age structures in the country. And, the ceiling treatment inside is just amazing, with swooping amoeba insets highlighted with purple and blue light. There was wonderful, kooky space-age music in the elevator.
Then, I walked inside at about 8:30 pm on Saturday night. There were about three tables of people, none of them with the degree of style I anticipated. The maitre'd was nowhere to be seen, and we sat at the bar. There was no music, just a minor buzz of conversation from the handful of patrons. The martinis were among the worst I have ever had, and the menu was totally uninspired. I ordered a salad, because it was the only thing that sounded all right. It was not good. Then, the bartender announced to us that the place would be closing at 9 pm - can you believe it? 9 pm on a Saturday night.
The inside of the building has incredible possibilities, and in the hands of a skilled designer, could be amazing. The tables and chairs were all wrong, the bar surface looked like bad carpeting from a Sheraton Hotel conference room. And, there was no music. What a disappointment!
Am I correct in my view, or am I totally off the mark, and is this considered to be a sensitive restoration of an iconic building?
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Re: Encounters - LAX Theme Building

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Postby freddiefreelance » Tue Apr 13, 2004 10:04 am

Plesset, yes there're ! They're very cool with sort-of a Saturn/UFO top.
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Postby darling » Tue Apr 13, 2004 2:06 pm

The steak is pretty good.... as well as the portabello sandwich.....but I agree, the menu is small, not much to choose from.

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Theme Building Blues

Postby Satan's Sin » Sun Jul 04, 2004 9:46 am

I agree entirely -- a Jet Age masterpiece, wonderfully updated ... and then it completely fumbles the ball just before the end zone. Yucky, expensive food. Yucky, expensive cocktails. Indifferent service. People working there could just as easily be zoning out at the Marriot.

But oh, to sit in that marvelous restaurant and watch the planes coming in! It really makes up for it!

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Postby T.O. MidMod » Mon Jul 05, 2004 1:07 pm

It was the first stop on my wife and I's honeymoon this past October: got off the plane from Toronto, got our rental car, ate at Encounters then hit the road for Palm Springs. One of the best Jetson-age buildings ANYWHERE. A true American masterpiece. I was in awe...

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Postby nichols » Tue Apr 12, 2005 1:06 pm

This is kind of old but still very interesting.. An interview with designer Eddie Soto and Disney's involvement with Encounter

http://www.laughingplace.com/News-ID503190.asp

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Postby googiejackalope » Fri Apr 07, 2006 7:29 pm

I blogged my 15-minute visit in August 2005 visit with lots of night pictures here: http://thelope.blogspot.com/2006/04/fut ... -1961.html

My thanks to Freddiefreelance for posting the lava lamp site and Nichols for posting about the Sotto interview.

Wish we could have eaten there.

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Postby sky » Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:49 pm

Well, I'm glad your well and back, bb.

I took some photos of Encounters in December, but they are nowhere as good as those in the blog above. The building was engulfed by scaffolding back then, and Encounters was decked out for Christmas.


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