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Marineland of the Pacific, Rancho Palos Verdes, looking north
Alternative Title
Kelly-Holiday Mid-Century Aerial Photo Collection
Kelly, Howard D
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
Publication Information
Pereira & Luckman.; Kelly-Holiday
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Marineland of the Pacific, designed by the firm Pereira & Luckman and located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula coast, opened in 1954 and was the world's largest oceanarium of its time. Best known for its performing Orcas, many considered it California's first major theme park, opening one year before Disneyland. In February 1987 the owners of SeaWorld, San Diego, purchased Marineland and moved all the animals to their San Diego facility, abruptly closing the popular oceanarium just six short weeks after the sale was completed. Much of the infrastructure was left abandoned for 20 years; the 414-foot high tower remained standing until 1995, the Marineland Restaurant continued operating through 2004, and the remaining structures through 2006. In 2007 demolition of the remains of Marineland began, in preparation for the development of Terranea, a $450 million dollar resort.
Aerial view of Marineland of the Pacific, located in Rancho Palos Verdes; view is looking north. Palos Verdes Drive is visible from horizontally at the top. Photograph dated June 18, 1957.
1 negative :safety ;11 x 14 cm.
Photographic safety negatives
Kelly-Holiday Mid-Century Aerial Collection
KHAF 379-3; GPC_b24_f3_i36 (Photographic print)
Marineland of the Pacific (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.)
Public marine aquariums--California--Rancho Palos Verdes
Amusement parks--California--Rancho Palos Verdes
Lost architecture--California--Rancho Palos Verdes
Rancho Palos Verdes (Calif.)--Aerial views
Rancho Palos Verdes (Calif.)
Aerial photographs
Time Period

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