Chin Tiki


Late last night a friend called to ask if I wanted to go to Chin Tiki with him today. The nightclub has been closed for something like 20 years but today it was open for a few hours allowing the curious to explore. Inside was like a time capsule – it seemed as if the place had closed only yesterday. I took loads of photos which can be found here or by clicking on the totem tiki.

Urban Tiki joined the fun of course…

4 Comments so far

  1. blondy (unregistered) on September 5th, 2005 @ 8:43 am

    Great photos. Did they discuss any plans to re-open?


  2. Andrew (unregistered) on September 5th, 2005 @ 8:55 am

    Part of the reason it looks like it closed yesterday is because it was used as a set in the movie “8 Mile”. The crew spent a lot of money sprucing it up and redecorating so it looked authentic.

    So what you saw was less old tiki bar, more 2001 Hollywood update.

    Sorry to burst the bubble….


  3. Mgal (unregistered) on September 5th, 2005 @ 9:32 am

    According to the owner who was there, the film crew used a lot of the orginal stuff which was still in the place. They used photos to put things back in the right places but most of it is not new. They probably had to spend money to clean up the old stuff or find replacements for missing items, but it is mostly original… according to the owner.

    They’d like to see it reopen but don’t have the money.


  4. Jeremy Pawelek (unregistered) on September 7th, 2005 @ 8:24 am

    The majority of the items in those photos are from when it was originally open.

    Universal did bring in some “prop” items, which are best illustrated in the photo of the 4 tiki statues, but for the most part, what you saw was original stuff.

    I had the opportunity to sneak in there back in 2001 during the shoot for 8 Mile – I had always wondered what that place looked like inside, and needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed.

    I wish I knew it was going to be open for a tour, because I would have loved to talk to the owner and asked some questions. I’ve been totally fascinated with tiki culture, especially here in Detroit.



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