Santa Monica Pier Carousel, Santa Monica

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The Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome is located on the Newcomb Pier adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California. It was designed and built in 1916 by Charles I. D. Looff and his son Arthur to hold a Looff Carousel. Looff's carousel was housed at the Hippodrome until it was sold in 1939. It was replaced by Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel #62, which was moved from the Ocean Park Pier. The building remains a rare example of structures that used to be on the amusement pier, and scenes were filmed therein for the 1973 award-winning film, The Sting. Since 1977, the carousel has been owned by the city, and was restored from 1977 through 1981. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.History of the Carousel & HippodromeThe Looff Years (1910s-30s)On June 12, 1916 the Looff Hippodrome opened its doors for the first time. It and its carousel were part of Looff's new amusement park "Pleasure Pier," on a short, wide pier adjacent to the long, narrow Santa Monica Pier.The Newcomb Years (1940s-60s)When the war ended, Walter Newcomb found himself in an enviable position. The amusement business was expected to see a great surge with the return of the country's military personnel and a general feeling of national pride. With the closure of the Venice Pier reducing his competition, he relocated his Venice-based carousel into the old Looff Hippodrome.Threats, storms, and restoration (1970s-90s)Over the next several decades the city of Santa Monica proposed various plans to tear down Newcomb Pier, and with it the Hippodrome. The city council approved a plan to replace the pier with a resort island in Santa Monica Bay. Local activists formed Save Santa Monica Bay and shot down that plan, and in 1973 the city formally revoked a standing order to demolish the pier. The city acquired ownership of the pier in summer 1974. In the 1980s it was almost destroyed by winter storms.
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  • What a great find. Rides were a reasonable price and every one left happy at this find was we explored the Santa Monica pier area.  more »
  • Featured prominently in The Sting. Looked for Paul Newman and the friendly women, unfortunately none were in sight. Just a fascinating merry go round, unchanged, after so many years. Going strong, bes...  more »
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  • Grab a soda or ice cream (maybe a float if you can't decide) from SODA JERKS, take a few spins on the carousel, and get great views of the ocean and the people at Santa Monica Pier! I was attending an event this time around, and must confess I hadn't thought to visit the carousel specifically during any previous trips to the pier, but that was all changed by how carefree and fun the atmosphere is in this fraction of the SMP!
  • It's like a bucket list thing. You have to ride the carousel on the pier. This carousel was famously used in 1973 by Paul Newman and Robert Redford in the movie "The Sting" . The best part of going in to the carousel is the Soda Jerks Ice Cream Shop. I'm ready for another 50/50 shake (orange and vanilla) :)
  • It’s one of the best Mary-Go-Round, very big, kids can make a choice to sit on horse, goat, pig, chariot etc etc. we love this place. It’s only $2 for adult and $1 for kids > 2yrs age. Staff are very good too.. one suggestion you should go with change for $2 or $3 that’s makes it easy. Some times they will be out of change..
  • Who doesn't love a good merry go round.
  • Fun place to be. Pokestops around too

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