Although given the name of “Hermosa” by early developers (“beautiful” in Spanish), the earliest years of Hermosa Beach were described as far from beautiful. Once referred to as a collection of bare sand dunes, the area was subject to the unrelenting wind that whipped across the dunes and made life miserable for even the most resilient pioneer.
The intersection of Manhattan Avenue and Manhattan Beach Boulevard has been the focal point of activity in Manhattan Beach since the city’s inception. In the late 1930s it got a little busier with the La Mar Theater.
Before lighthouses were installed along the Pacific Coast, shipmasters took their chances near the coastline, particularly loathing the dangerous stretch of coastal waters along the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
In 1923, on what were then vast, desolate hills and barely covered with sage and cactus, construction began on the future Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club.
We take our limitless entertainment choices for granted, ranging from countless movie theatres with 3-D special effects, to DVDs delivered to our door so we can watch movies in the comfort of our own home.