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It's Showtime/731-741 Pacifc Avenue Is History, Glamour, Fun

Train room at 731-741 S. Pacific Avenue
731-741 S. Pacific Avenue

Take a former department store building built during the Art Deco era, fill it with antiques, and make it a place for art, music, food, and all other good things.

That's only the beginning of how to describe It's Showtime and the 731-741 Pacific Avenue building.

Downstairs is the Speakeasy Cabaret that hosts music and other arts events.

On the main level is an array of antiques and collectibles, many of which are truly one-of-a-kind (as in literally the only one left in the world).

The Grand Emporium: A Grand Treasure Trove of New, Old, and Wonderful

Grand Emporium
Grand Emporium
Grand Emporium
Grand Emporium

From great music, movies, and books to curiosities and collectibles, The Grand Emporium in Downtown San Pedro is a place where you'll spend hours--and not see it all.
It's got new CDs, LPs, and DVDs, but also stocks an impressive inventory of vintage media.
You'll find Frank, Dean, and Sammy, but also the great composers. Something you want to hear, Chuck, the friendly proprietor, will put it on his impressive sound system. Movies, too.

Open Thursday-Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Special First Thursday hours 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

The Warner: Truly a Grand Theatre

The Warner Grand Theatre in Downtown San Pedro

When the Warner Grand Theatre opened on January 20, 1931, studio mogul Jack Warner called it, “The Castle of Your Dreams.”

Over the years it has been that a more to generations.

The Warner Grand was the first theater in the area to be equipped to show films with sound. Elegant surroundings for Hollywood’s features, shorts, and serials, and especially for those Saturday kids’ matinees.

Week after week the Warner Grand brought the latest film entertainment to San Pedro and Harbor area residents and others who would travel to experience its sumptuous Art Deco style.

SS Lane Victory Is Living History on the LA Waterfront

SS Lane Victory is a World War II era steam ship on the LA Waterfront

She was born on the LA Waterfront and today she’s a great part of its history, the SS Lane Victory, a Victory class ship that was built in 1945 in San Pedro. The ship served in World War II, Korean, and Vietnam and as a national merchant carrier during the inter-war periods.

Today she’s preserved at the Outer Harbor and open for tours with an informative and moving museum.

Charles Bukowski in San Pedro

Photo courtesy of LibraryThing.com

The noted poet and novelist Charles Bukowski lived in San Pedro from 1978 until his death in 1994, producing some of his best writing.

There are rumors that he must have certainly frequented the bars around town. (Some, in particular, claim that he must have been a regular at those along Pacific Avenue.) Although he had a reputation as a lifelong drinker, there’s no reliable evidence that he continued that lifestyle once he moved to San Pedro.