Main Street Mondays – 1956
Main Street in Seal Beach has been a favorite subject for photographers throughout its 95 years of history. Every Monday between now and the end of the Seal Beach Founders Celebration, we’ll be posting a different image of Main Street.
This is Main Street 48 years ago, not last year’s Seal Beach Car Show.
On the right, Marina Cleaners occupies the current location of Seal Beach Music. On the side of the building where Endless Summer operates today, a painted advertisement tells us, “Bathers Welcome,” apparently to come inside and enjoy “cold drinks” and “malts” and “sundaes” made from delicious “Mountain View ice cream.” Next door is Seal Beach Music, followed by the Edgewater Pre-School.
Further down, you can visit a rock shop, Vinzant’s Variety, and John’s Food King. In the distance, we see Brock’s Drugs (better known to many of us later as the Corner Drug) and further down, the Bay Theater.
On the left, it’s a little harder to make out the details. The Irisher Cafe now occupies the Bob And Chet’s Cafe and Cocktail Lounge location at 121 Main Street, Further down a Rexall drugs store occupies a familiar spot, but it’s probably a few years before it becomes Bob’s Rexall. The Walt’s Wharf building hosts the long gone Marina Market, and a cafe sign hangs in front of what was once the Green Pepper Mexican restaurant (and then BJ’s Pizza and now Woody’s Diner).
Be sure to check back each week for more historical photos and stories of Seal Beach.
– Michael Dobkins
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