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September 4, 1989
Muscle men of yore joined younger acrobats Sunday on the sands of Santa Monica to dedicate a plaque marking the original site of Muscle Beach, hailed by some as the birthplace of today's physical fitness fanaticism. Bodybuilders started working out on a platform just south of the Santa Monica Pier in the mid-1940s, but the site was closed 30 years ago.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2000 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Westside film fans dreamed of someone riding to the rescue of Santa Monica's last independent neighborhood movie house--someone like the cowboy in the white hat who always managed to save the day in horse operas shown there generations ago. The 60-year-old Aero Theater, with its neon-lit marquee and tiny ticket booth outside the popcorn-scented lobby, is certainly a throwback to the time when every movie seemed to have a happy ending.
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October 2, 1999 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With their biceps-bulging handstands and eye-popping acrobatic flips, generations of buffed and bronzed athletes ruled the sands at Santa Monica's Muscle Beach from 1934 to 1958. Then one night without warning the city flexed its muscle and ripped out the gymnasts' platforms, rings and balancing bars. Never mind that the beach was the place that America's emerging fitness boom was born.
NEWS
October 2, 1999 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With their biceps-bulging handstands and eye-popping acrobatic flips, generations of buffed and bronzed athletes ruled the sands at Santa Monica's Muscle Beach from 1934 to 1958. Then one night without warning the city flexed its muscle and ripped out the gymnasts' platforms, rings and balancing bars. Never mind that the beach was the place that America's emerging fitness boom was born.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2000 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Westside film fans dreamed of someone riding to the rescue of Santa Monica's last independent neighborhood movie house--someone like the cowboy in the white hat who always managed to save the day in horse operas shown there generations ago. The 60-year-old Aero Theater, with its neon-lit marquee and tiny ticket booth outside the popcorn-scented lobby, is certainly a throwback to the time when every movie seemed to have a happy ending.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1988
A plan to renovate the faded Santa Monica Pier has received a go-ahead from the City Council despite a last-minute protest by some merchants who claim it will lead to parking problems and gentrification of the 80-year-old facility. The $26.8-million plan, six years in the making, calls for commercial development of 150,000 square feet of the pier with restaurants, arcade games, rides and shops. The plan was approved by a 6-0 vote of the council Tuesday with one member absent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1996 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fire exploded through a beachside Santa Monica apartment building just after dawn Thursday, delivering a possible death blow to a landmark that narrowly survived the Northridge earthquake and forcing a group of homeless people back to the street. The morning-long blaze gutted most of the upper floors of the vacant, nine-story Sea Castle apartment building, a onetime jewel of the city's waterfront that has recently fallen into disrepair.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1996
Santa Monica officials heard testimony Wednesday that the nine-story Sea Castle apartment building, ravaged by fire last week, should be torn down. Firefighters, police officers and structural engineers expressed health and safety concerns about the burned-out structure to the city's Nuisance Abatement Board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1996
A dispute has been resolved between Santa Monica building safety officials and the owner of one of the city's landmark apartment buildings, which has been closed for repairs since the Northridge earthquake. The city would not open the building--the Charmont apartment building at 4th Street and California Avenue--until the owner, Susan Connally, paid a $6,300 fine. She refused.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1996
Devastated by fire and earthquake, the historic Santa Monica Sea Castle apartment building is a safety hazard and must be torn down as soon as possible, city officials said Tuesday. The Santa Monica City Council approved spending more than $692,000 to demolish the eight-story Sea Castle after determining that the building is in danger of collapsing. The owner, Sea Castle Apartments Ltd.
BUSINESS
December 1, 1998 | SUSAN VAUGHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A new Sea Castle is taking shape just south of Santa Monica Pier. Construction began this month on a $44-million Moderne-style luxury apartment building that will replace its landmark predecessor, which was red-tagged after the 1994 Northridge earthquake and gutted by fire in 1996. The new edifice will be similar in profile and design to the high-rise Art Deco building that stood watch over Santa Monica's sandy beaches for more than 70 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1996
Devastated by fire and earthquake, the historic Santa Monica Sea Castle apartment building is a safety hazard and must be torn down as soon as possible, city officials said Tuesday. The Santa Monica City Council approved spending more than $692,000 to demolish the eight-story Sea Castle after determining that the building is in danger of collapsing. The owner, Sea Castle Apartments Ltd.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1996
Santa Monica officials heard testimony Wednesday that the nine-story Sea Castle apartment building, ravaged by fire last week, should be torn down. Firefighters, police officers and structural engineers expressed health and safety concerns about the burned-out structure to the city's Nuisance Abatement Board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1996 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fire exploded through a beachside Santa Monica apartment building just after dawn Thursday, delivering a possible death blow to a landmark that narrowly survived the Northridge earthquake and forcing a group of homeless people back to the street. The morning-long blaze gutted most of the upper floors of the vacant, nine-story Sea Castle apartment building, a onetime jewel of the city's waterfront that has recently fallen into disrepair.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1996 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fire exploded through a beachside Santa Monica apartment building just after dawn Thursday, delivering a possible death blow to a landmark that narrowly survived the Northridge earthquake and forcing a group of homeless people back to the street. The morning-long blaze gutted most of the upper floors of the vacant, nine-story Sea Castle apartment building, a onetime jewel of the city's waterfront that has recently fallen into disrepair.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1996
A dispute has been resolved between Santa Monica building safety officials and the owner of one of the city's landmark apartment buildings, which has been closed for repairs since the Northridge earthquake. The city would not open the building--the Charmont apartment building at 4th Street and California Avenue--until the owner, Susan Connally, paid a $6,300 fine. She refused.
NEWS
September 2, 1989 | DICK RORABACK
The Santa Monica site of the original Muscle Beach--sometimes known as Pecs Vobiscum--will be hallowed on Sunday with the dedication of a permanent landmark by Santa Monica Mayor Dennis Zane and a cohort of musclemen and gymnasts of yore. Erection of the landmark--actually a sign--will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the ad hoc beach area hailed by its adherents as "the birthplace of the physical-fitness boom of the 20th Century."
BUSINESS
December 1, 1998 | SUSAN VAUGHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A new Sea Castle is taking shape just south of Santa Monica Pier. Construction began this month on a $44-million Moderne-style luxury apartment building that will replace its landmark predecessor, which was red-tagged after the 1994 Northridge earthquake and gutted by fire in 1996. The new edifice will be similar in profile and design to the high-rise Art Deco building that stood watch over Santa Monica's sandy beaches for more than 70 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1994 | ERIC MALNIC and BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Susan Kado stood in front of the ruins of her Santa Monica apartment Tuesday afternoon, waiting for a friend to pick her up. She had lost everything in the earthquake, including a sense of what to do next. "I'm undecided what to do right now. I guess I've got to get my wits together," she said. She chuckled, grateful for her borrowed clothes--"at least the shoes fit"--and neighborly kindness. First her 14th Street building had moved, then it had exploded with a ruptured gas main.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1993 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a few hours, Zucky's Delicatessen in Santa Monica will be going out of business and Bob Shapiro, who is eating a pastrami sandwich at a corner table, is trying to console his mother, who has just finished the roast chicken. He mentions another deli in Santa Monica she might like. "Their soup is too salty," Ethyl Shapiro says, shaking her head. He suggests a second deli. "Their corned beef is too fatty," she says. The son thinks for a moment and then mentions a third deli, in West Los Angeles.
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