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Re-Couture | 7 Weird Things to Know About Santa Monica

We’re so excited about our latest beach store refresh that we dug up some quirky facts about this famous seaside town.

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You probably already know Santa Monica for its famous pier and Ferris wheel, the Third Street Promenade, the literal butt-kicking Santa Monica Stairs and the scenic PCH, but did you know any of these other fun (read: weird and random facts)?

1. Our newly re-coutured Santa Monica store features photography shot in Santa Monica by a local surfer named Trey.

2. Open since September 9, 1909, the Santa Monica Pier was not always the playful seaside resort it is today. It originally served the practical (and unpleasant) purpose of carrying sewage out past the breakers.

3. The oldest movie theater in the city is the Majestic. Also known as the Mayfair Theatre, the theater which opened in 1912 has been closed since the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The Aero Theater (now operated by the American Cinematheque) and Criterion Theater were built in the 1930s and still show movies. The Santa Monica Promenade alone supports more than a dozen movie screens.

4. The Galley, a dark and cozy spot, is the town’s oldest restaurant and famous for its secret salad dressing.

5. The 1989 cult classic Heathers featured Santa Monica’s John Adams Middle School for many exterior shots.

6. From beach babes to muscle heads, there’s a place for everyone in Santa Monica, even the thinking man. Stop by the Chess Park.

7. Although this neighborhood is now known for its more yuppie posh inhabitants, Santa Monica was once a bohemian artist enclave with goats and all!