People on car 2
of ride 3
Last Photos of the Pike
The Pike today
& Film of the Pike
Auditorium & Rainbow Pier
SUMMERTIME AT THE PIKE
Short Stories 1
Background: All About
DVD, Videos and Film of the Pike
Dennis Morawski has a new Pike and Long Beach
web site at:
Historian, Dennis Morawski, has done some very interesting videos on
The Pike. Unfortunately, you can only get them by checking them out
from the Long Beach Library or on Long Beach cable TV if you live in
the area. Below are some of the titles, the newest being "The Cyclone
Racer"(DVD or VHS), three on the Pike, two features on the Long Beach
1933 earthquake, and documentaries on the Queen Mary, Pierpoint Landing
and the Model T Signal Hill Climb and a profile of the extraordinary
Long Beach sportsman, Jed Welsh.
checked out several of these myself, and he does a great job so I
highly recommend them if you're into The Pike and Long Beach history.
of The Lido Ballroom
By Larry Ellis, the leader of the band (The Illusions)
Stewart and The Illusions (At the Lido Ballroom)
story on The
Illusions, see their web site at:
at THE PIKE Amusement Park in 1973 for an episode of "THE MAGICIAN"
starring the late actor, Bill Bixby. In these scenes you can
see (and hear) The Laughing Lady, The Fun House, The Carousel, The
Rollo Plane, The Rotor...
For photos and a link to the film courtesy of John Parnell of North
Hollywood, CA Click Here
part of The Pike, but a common sight in Southern California from 1931
through 1969 were Helms Bakery trucks, which delivered baked goods to
homes first in trucks manufactured by Twin Coach, equipped with bread
racks and pull drawers, and later in Chevrolet panel vans.
video is mainly about Lions installing a new engine in a Helms Bakery
truck with some nice still shots of the trucks and bakery itself.
Click below for more on Helms:http://thenostalgialeague.yuku.com/topic/2228/t/The-Helms-Bakery-truck.html
YouTube video on old Southern California
Things That Aren't Here Anymore with Ralph Story KCET PBS
I was a big fan of Ralph Story. His YouTube video has only a
little on "The Pike"; it's mostly on LA and Southern California, but
for those of us who enjoy looking back in time, now and then it's great.
Footage of the Pike in 1952 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
is a very nice and informative e-mail from the academy's public access
film coordinator asking that I list a link to their web site for anyone
wanting access to color film of the Pike from 1952 (see e-mail and link
across your Long Beach Pike web site while researching some footage we
recently acquired here at the Academy Film archive. It's part of a
large collection of 16mm home movies shot by Newcomb Condee, a Los
Angeles judge, and includes some very nice color footage of Condee's
family at the Pike in July, 1952. Condee's grandchildren are still
quite small and obviously enjoy riding the miniature train and
There are also some nice shots of the main avenue, with sailors in
uniform walking by in the background.
very happy to provide research access to this material, as well as
other historic Los Angeles footage from the Condee and other
collections, at our facility here in Hollywood. We would be grateful if
you would let your web site readers know that the footage exists and is
accessible. More information about the Academy Film Archive, including
our location, parking, and hours, as well as an online request form for
booking viewing appointments, is on our web site at
for putting together such an informative and lovely web site!
It was most edifying.
Public Access Coordinator
Academy Film Archive
1313 N. Vine St, Los Angeles CA 90028
(310) 247-3016 x 387
(310) 247-3032 FAX
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