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Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

Convention hall and performing arts center located a few hundred yards off the beach in Santa Monica, California; America's premier surf movie venue in the 1960s and 1970s, and site of the 1966 International Surfing Magazine Hall of Fame Awards ceremony. "The Civic stood alone," as the Surfer's Journal later noted, "as the premier venue of the 16mm surf movie."

The white-on-white pop-futuristic Santa Monica Civic opened in 1958, cost $2.9 million dollars, and was fronted by a row of distinct...