Long Beach Pike Amusement Park California

It was a great amusement park called the Long Beach Pike in California. It opened in the turn of the century. It had fun houses, a mirror maze & all sorts of great rides. The Pike had a coaster called 'THE CYCLONE RACER' designed by Harry Traver in 1930. It was a huge coaster but sadly it was demolished in 1968. After that the Pike started to decline! In the late 1970s, the pike became like a skid row! It became a very scary place to be there. In the early years, the Pike was called ' The Walk of A Thousand Lights ' It was like Coney Island. The Pike closed it's doors in the year 1979. By then the Pike was like a junk yard! Why do these things happen?

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Revisit The Pike
The Pike in its heyday. Great Color Movies and stories from people who rode the rides and ate in the restaurants. Taken from the Television Series "I Remember Long Beach" For more information visit IrememberLongBeach.com

Long Beach California's Nu Pike as it was in the 1950's and 1960's. Footage provided by Dennis Morawski.

The Pike, Long Beach, clips from film 1963
This car chase sequence from the 1963 film "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World" takes place along the old Pike, Pine Avenue, and surrounding city streets. Freeze frame the clips and you can clearly see the oil rigs in the distance just west of downtown, as well as the Cyclone Racer and other landmarks.

The ruins of Marineland
My son and I recently visited the ruins of the famed Marineland theme park on the Palos Verdes peninsula in California. The ruins have since been cleared to make way for yet another resort hotel.