Hey, all! Just had a blast yesterday. A couple of friends and I were given permission to roam around the old Marineland grounds up at Palos Verdes. As big killer whale/dolphin buffs (with an eye for marine park history), it was pretty amazing to walk around there - if a bit eerie.
I was just wondering - did anyone here visit the park before it's closure? I'm curious about learning more about what was there, and what it looked like, and the Marineland of the Pacific Historical Society site is woefully inadequate. I've seen a lot of the Orky and Corky photos (and there's certainly enough information about the whales themselves out there) but I'm wondering more about the history of the park itself. Some of the buildings/remains of buildings we were able to identify pretty easily, we knew about a few of them, and some we were able to guess. But there was a lot of stuff that we wondered about. Does anyone have photos of it before it closed?
In particular, some of the stuff that came to mind for me (linked to some of my photos, if that helps jog anyone's memory!):
-There's the remains of what looks to be an old tropical aquarium with locker rooms next to it. It looks like it was a place where guests could swim through. Is this the case? If so, how did it work?
-Next to that aquarium, there appears to be the remnants of a kitchen, with some kind of a "line" (buffet line, maybe?) setup outside. Was this a food stand of some sort?
-What played in the small indoor theater? Going in there was pretty sobering: the graffiti on the walls literally paints a very vivid image of peoples' feelings about Harcourt Brace Jovanovich closing the park.
-There's a big building that says "Golf" on the roof. What was in here?
All my photos are up here - just be forewarned that the graffiti does contain swearing if you're sensitive to that sort of thing.
Thanks in advance!!