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Venice Historical Society Presents: A Tribute to Our 'Piers'


August 7, 2014

The Venice Historical Society (VHS) has scheduled a classic evening focusing on the legendary amusement park piers of our Pacific – Venice-of-America and Ocean Park Piers, including Fraser’s Million Dollar Pier and Pickering Pleasure Pier, also the little-known Crystal Pier. Once they graced our beaches from Santa Monica to Playa del Rey.

Amazingly some of these piers started before the 1900s, but only a few lasted for a significant amount of time. Domenic will be talking about those legendary amusement park piers, the movies filmed there, the celebrities who visited, and, a highlight will be the showing of very rare film clips taken of the amusements.

This lecture coincides with the publishing of Domenic’s new book, co-authored by Christopher Merritt, titled "Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles' Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier.” This will be the subject of the Venice Historical Society’s next lecture.

This wonderful and unique presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, August 19th, at 7:00 pm,

and will be held at S.P.A.R.C. (Old Venice Police Department Building), 685 Venice Boulevard, Venice, California, 90291. $5 for VHS members. $8 for non-members. Snacks available.

This is part one of a two-part lecture series. Part two will be about the famous Pacific Ocean Park (POP) pier. Date TBD.

For further information call 310-967-5170 and visit the society’s website at Free parking just east of the building or on the street.


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