With a massive budget of $140,000, one of the costliest build-outs for an amusement ride in the country, the Cyclone Racer opened on Memorial Day in 1930.
The now-gone courthouse was designed by one of Long Beach’s staple architects, Kenneth S. Wing (along with Francis Heusel).
The fate of one of Long Beach’s most respected examples of art deco architecture was dictated by the voters of Long Beach.
The Jungle was described as a place of “immorality and sexual deviation” that was “beyond the control” of the Long Beach Police Department.
Disney once wanted a full-scale, $2.8 billion complex dubbed Port Disney and an aquatically themed park called DisneySea in Long Beach.
Once standing tall at the southwest corner of Broadway and Pine in DTLB, this particular Buffums’ store was one of its most important because it launched the empire of westward-bound brothers Charles and Edwin Buffum.
Long before being demolished, the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool was once dubbed the “Taj Mahal” of swimming for both pros and amateurs.
This is the tale of the SeaPort Marina Hotel that was once at corner of Pacific Coast Highway and 2nd Street on the easternmost edge of Long Beach, right at the border of Seal Beach and Orange County.
Our ongoing series, Long Beach Lost, was launched to examine buildings, places, and things that have either been demolished, are set to be demolished, or are in motion to possibly be demolished—or were never even in existence.
The club catered to the most wealthy of white men, mimicking East Coast and English clubs that offered exclusivity, amenities, and bragging rights.