Photo retrospective and history of the Santa Monica Hippodrome


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I lived about 3 miles from there when I was a kid in the mid 1960s/early 1970s. I can’t remember my parents ever driving us there but I figured out how to get there on my own when I was 9 or 10-ish. I saved up my lawn mowing money and bought a cheap Zebco fishing rod at Sears. On my trips to Santa Monica pier I went right past the hippodrome to the fishing area at the end, where I spent many happy hours of my childhood - back when free-range kids weren’t a reason for hysteria.


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The history is interesting, but the venue is still not quite as exciting as its name might have you believe.


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If I’m not mistaken, they used this place for The Sting. There were a number of scenes filmed around L.A. that stood in for the greater Chicago area.


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