Nightlife in San Pedro


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Established: 1996

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Free street parking after 6 p.m. and all day Sunday

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Films and Concerts

Recommended Age Group: All Ages with parental guidance

Q&A with Joleen D'rage, Deputy Director

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The Warner Brothers believed a glamorous picture palace should be a place of escape, a place where dreams come true. They built three lavish art deco picture palaces in Beverly Hills, Huntington Park, and San Pedro. The Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, the first sound-equipped theatre in the South Bay, opened to the public on January 20, 1931, with a star-studded gala premier. Jack Warner christened it "The Castle of Your Dreams," created by its chief architect B. Marcus Priteca and designer A.T. Heinsbergen.

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Engaging and inspiring our community through the arts.

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In the mid-1990s, we saved the Warner Grand Theatre, a spectacular 1931 art deco movie palace and cornerstone of the town's revitalization. (Plans were to turn it into a swap meet.) Today, we promote and preserve this beautiful theater while also presenting events and educational experiences at the Theatre and at the Grand Annex, our cabaret-style venue down the street.

420 W 6th St
San Pedro,
CA
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At Starlight Cinemas, cinephiles can get up close and personal with their favorite celebrities without worrying about security guards or the electric force field that keeps Ralph Macchio from aging. Two movie tickets grant you and a companion access to any 2-D or 3-D movie (subject to availability), projected in pristine HD digital in every auditorium. A large tub of popcorn fuels buttery snacking during trailers, and a free refill ensures patrons have snacks to eat during the feature or to toss over their shoulder during startling horror scenes. Though not valid with this Groupon, each theater is equipped with full concessions should you feel the urge for sodas, candy, or other popular cine-fare. Check Starlight Cinemas’ individual websites for current listings and showtimes.

28901 S Western Ave
Rancho Palos Verdes,
CA
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Nestled in the hills of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, secluded Rancho Palos Verdes is home to expansive estates set on jagged bluffs looming over the coastline. Terranea's Pointe Discovery adventure shop equips visitors for exploring all the peninsula has to offer, including standup paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, and mermaid speed dating. Fewer than 2 miles from the resort, the Abalone Cove Shoreline Park, a state ecological preserve, encompasses pristine tide pools home to sea stars, pointy urchins, and brightly colored anemones. Within walking distance of the cove lies Wayfarers Chapel, a structure built from glass and redwoods by Lloyd Wright, son of pioneering architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The Point Vicente Lighthouse also stands nearby. First lit in 1926 as a beacon to mariners aiming to steer clear of rocky shoals, the lighthouse now makes an ideal spot for whale-watching.

100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes,
CA
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Joe Jost’s first opened during Prohibition as a law-abiding establishment where patrons could simply purchase sundries or get a shave and a haircut. But once Prohibition was repealed, Joe immediately started serving beers. Then the Barbering Commission showed up, telling Joe he’d have to choose between cutting hair and pouring pints—Joe chose beers. Before long, booths replaced the barber chairs, and since then, Joe Jost’s has evolved into a beloved neighborhood tavern. The menu hasn’t changed much: over the past 90-ish years, servers have dished out more than 7 million pickled eggs and 1.8 million pounds of fresh-roasted Marmion’s peanuts. Oversized schooners of beer more than ably wash down the salty snacks, and also pair well with the selection of liverwurst sandwiches or the Joe’s special, a family-recipe Polish sausage sliced down the middle and piled with Swiss cheese, mustard, and a pickle between two slices of rye bread. In the back room, pool tables sit surrounded by vintage ads, decades of old photographs, and the heads of bucks who got stuck trying to get in without ID.

2803 E Anaheim St
Long Beach,
CA
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Snack on tasty pub fare at Mai Tai Bar, a local favorite. Dieters beware — Mai Tai Bar does not offer low-fat cuisine. Drinks are also on the menu here, so diners can start the night off right. Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats. Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Mai Tai Bar's beautiful outdoor seating area. Heading out with a larger party? There's plenty of space for big groups at Mai Tai Bar. If you're ready for a show, Mai Tai Bar often books live musical groups or a DJ. Sit back and enjoy the restaurant's live music, or take your table out on the dance floor. Volume levels at the restaurant can approach ear-splitting levels between the noisy crowds and the booming music.

Weekend visitors to the restaurant are well advised to take advantage of the reservation system — crowds tend to pack the place on Fridays and Saturdays. Keep it casual at Mai Tai Bar — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.

Bring your car to dinner and easily find a space in the area — street parking is available, as is a nearby lot.

Prices are downright affordable at Mai Tai Bar, with most items well under the $15 mark.

97 Aquarium Way
Long Beach,
CA
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Enjoy delicious Italian food and romantic mood lighting at Phil Trani's Restaurant. Low-fat foods are not on the menu at Phil Trani's Restaurant, though, so plan to indulge a bit. Be sure to complete your meal at Phil Trani's Restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar. Just around the workday bend are Phil Trani's Restaurant's happy hour food and drink bargains. Bigger groups gravitate toward Phil Trani's Restaurant, which offers a private section for your next get-together or celebration. Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Phil Trani's Restaurant's free wifi hotspot. Dance the night away to Phil Trani's Restaurant's live music.

If you're hoping to snag a table on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to ring the restaurant for a reservation first. Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too. Through their catering service, Phil Trani's Restaurant can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.

Drivers can access the parking lot next door.

Dining at Phil Trani's Restaurant will set you back about $30 per person on average. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.

3490 Long Beach Blvd
Long Beach,
CA
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