In 1921, oil was discovered in Long Beach and derricks popped up everywhere, even in The Pike parking lot. The land then became too valuable, and the film studios moved to Hollywood.
As a postscript, while oil ended the film industry in Long Beach, it wound up saving the film industry itself. The film used on the old silent movies was composed of a nitrate base that decomposed in a short period of time. 80% of all the silent movies in the world and 40% of all movies produced prior to 1952 have disappeared due to nitrate decomposition and neglect. Oil has given us the plastics to make the film we enjoy today.
Some of the stars, films and TV shows made at The Pike:
Stars who filmed at The Pike:
Elvis, Abbott & Costello, Tyrone Power, Vincent Price, Eddie Cantor, and Kim Novak
Silent Sunrise, Sugar Daddies (1927), Life Hesitates at 40 (1935), Strike Me Pink (1936), Gorilla at Large (1954), It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963).
Barnaby Jones, Mannix, Cannon, Rockford Files, Six Million Dollar Man with Lee Majors, and Bill Bixby starring in the The Magician.