Friday, December 9, 2011

Pacific Ocean Park 1958 - 1974 
a Southern California Cultural Icon

Classic footage from POP from YouTube

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Nice 3 minute video of Pacific Ocean Park, aka POP. Located in Santa Monica / Venice California. This was taken from a 1959 documentary called "Where The Mountains Meet The Sea". 

Rides shown are Sea Serpent Roller Coaster, Sky Ride, Sea Circus, Banana Boat Ride, Midway, Double Ferris Wheels, Diving Bells, and many others in the background. 

POP was finally taken from us in the early 1970's to make way for, well nothing..It's just beach now. I stood where it was last summer and closed my eyes and could hear the laughter and fun that was there one time. You would not even know it was there now, except for just a few signs stating "No Swimming - Possible Underwater Obstructions". 

Visit for the growing fan base of what was a great amusement park. 

Also, check out a great site from Jeffrey Stanton with alot of pictures and a complete history of this magnificent amusement park.


Posted by YouTube Channel westcoastpaeb. Standard YouTube License. Uploaded to YouTube on Jul 22, 2010. Two radio jingles (early 60's?) for Pacific Ocean Park P.O.P amusement park. These were added as unlisted bonus tracks on the surf instrumental LP comp Surfer's Mood vol 2 released about 15 years ago.

 The Hidden History of Pacific Ocean Park
A Documentary  Part 1

Part one of Emmy nominated documentary produced and directed by Anthea Raymond and Beverly Jones. 
Posted by YouTube Channel acicchio Standard YouTube License.
Parts 2 and 3 are available on YouTube.

North of famous Venice Beach, Ocean Park, California, was also founded by Abbot Kinney.
Like Venice, Ocean Park started as a place of ballrooms, amusement, piers, delicatessens, and street fairs.

 In the 1950s, it was home to the Lawrence Welk show. A decade later, Jim Morrison and the Doors were regulars at "The Cheetah." Today Ocean Park is central to Santa Monica's booming creative industry.

That's not really a surprise since the place (Santa Monica) has long been popular with creatives, from Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford, to painter Richard Diebenkorn, Oliver Stone, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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