Downtown Santa Monica
Downtown Santa Monica is located on the west side of Santa Monica in the Santa Monica Beach area. Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade, and the Santa Monica Place are all located in Downtown S.M. The area is South of Wilshire Boulevard and north of Pico Blvd. and east of Lincoln Blvd.
Other notable places in Downtown Santa Monica is Santa Monica City Hall, Santa Monica Farmers Market, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and the Santa Monica Police Department.
The Third Street Promenade is an upscale shopping, dining and entertainment complex in the downtown area of Santa Monica, California. It is considered a premier shopping and dining district on the Westside and draws crowds from all over the Greater Los Angeles Area. Due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean coupled with Los Angeles’s mild climate, it is also a popular tourist destination.
The Santa Monica Pier is a large double-jointed pier located at the foot of Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica, California and is a prominent, 100-year-old landmark. The pier contains Pacific Park, a family amusement park with a large Ferris wheel. (This should not be confused with Pacific Ocean Park, a former amusement park a few miles south of Santa Monica Pier, which operated from 1958 to 1967 and is now demolished.)
Santa Monica Place is an upscale shopping mall in Santa Monica, California. The mall is located at the south end of the famous Third Street Promenade and is also two blocks from the beach and Santa Monica Pier. It underwent a massive, three-year renovation process beginning in January 2008 and was re-opened as a modern outdoor shopping mall on August 6, 2010.
Santa Monica Place originally opened in 1980 adjacent to the old Third Street Mall and was renovated in 1991 and again in 1996. For the next ten years, the mall was a three-story, 570,000-square-foot (53,000 m2) complex. It featured 120 shops, including upscale brands such as Kenneth Cole and Williams-Sonoma, along with its largest store, Macy’s. It is 152,000 sq ft (14,100 m2) on three levels. The mall also featured a Robinsons May department store, but this was closed due to the merger between Federated/May Co. in 2006.
Santa Monica Place was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry early in his professional career with Gruen Associates, constructed in 1980, and renovated in 1990. It has served as a backdrop for several films and television shows, most notably the exterior of the Ridgemont Mall in Fast Times at Ridgemont High; it has also been used in Pretty in Pink as well as Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Beverly Hills, 90210, and in the video game Midnight Club: Los Angeles.