LAGUNA BEACH – John Keitel’s well received documentary, “Saving the Boom,” will be shown in 2 premier Southern California Film Festivals.

The prestigious Newport Beach Film Festival is the first to host John’s documentary on Tuesday, April 28th at 2:00 pm at the Edwards Island 2 Theater. For tickets and information go to: Newport Beach Film Festival The documentary is reviewed and rated 5 stars!

Then on Saturday, night May 8th Saving the Boom” will appear in the Long Beach Q Film Festival. tel. 562-434-4455 or email: for ticket information.

“Saving the Boom” premiered last summer at Outfest in Los Angeles, with special celebrity guests, George Clooney and Brad Pitt on the red carpet to kick off the festivities.

I you missed it last summer, come to either Newport Beach or Long Beach. You will love this movie! It is the full story off all of our efforts and activities over 1 ½ years to save our landmark bar. If you are not in the film, you will know plenty of people who are. It is a beautifully told story about Laguna and its gay and lesbian life and history.

For a sneak preview of Saving the Boom, click on this link: Current TV

John Keitel’s second film in the Newport Festival has been in several other festivals around the world, and has received much critical acclaim, it’s called Prodigal Sons. It will appear in Newport Monday, April 27th at 5:30 pm.

We hope that you can join us at for these wonderful films.

There’s a New Gay Restaurant in Laguna Beach —
Marks Reopens!!!

Mark dePalma, a renowned Laguna restaurateur, has just brought back his talent and style to his brand new Mark’s, located in Laguna Canyon. I was just there last night for dinner, and it was incredible and fun, and on a Monday night no less.

Excellent food, a full bar, great looking servers and bartenders, it’s the most upbeat place in town. After loosing Woody’s and the Boom, it’s so nice to see Laguna Beach coming back with such a wonderful new addition.

Thank you Mark for your tireless work and effort to bring your beautiful and exciting Mark’s Restaurant to Laguna!

Mark’s 1st Laguna eatery was a mainstay on PCH for years, and now his new Mark’s will be around for a long time to come.

Check it out: 853 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (1/2 mile east of Coast Highway) tel: 949-715-4200 Free parking EVERYWHERE!

It’s outstanding!!! Here’s the web site: Mark’s

The Boom is Still For Sale….

Yes, the 2 For Sale signs are prominently displayed in the windows of the Coast Inn, 1401 S. Coast Highway. Owner, Steven Udvar-Hazy is going on year 2 with his property on the market. The Coast Inn and Boom Boom Room closed their doors on September 4, 2007 after a 61 year run, making it the oldest gay bar in the Western United States. It has been vacant ever since, except for a couple of months last fall when it reopened as the Laguna Beach Democratic Headquarters. Several fund-raising parties were held there, and was it ever packed.

If you are interested in purchasing this landmark, ocean front property, call Mr. Udvar-Hazy’s realtor, Joe Smith at Monarch Beach Realty 949-489-1100. Make him an offer. We have heard that Mr. Udvar-Hazy is a motivated seller.

Thanks to one and all for all of your help and support as we work to SAVE the BOOM – Forever!!!

Best regards,

Fred Karger