Long Beach is home to dozens of neighborhoods and nearly half a million people. At any given intersection, pedestrians are just as likely to cross the street with an executive on lunch break as a dog-walker in feather boa, stilettos and stage-worthy makeup. This series of articles demonstrates that Long Beach has something for everyone. It presents an evening out in each of LB's neighborhood's--little villages, so to speak. Residents and visitors alike will get to know all the city has to offer.
Located along the 4th Street Corridor, Retro Row is bordered by Junipero Avenue on the East, and Walnut Avenue on the West.
Dress: Casual-funky. Got an outfit you're not quite sure works? This is a great opportunity to try it out. Leave the slacks at home.
Expense: Cocktails, meal, movie and after film coffee & dessert for two-between $60-80, depending on your thirst.
Cocktails and Dinner: The Pike is a throw-back to the neighborhood juke joint, featuring a menu made by and for musicians. Burgers, tacos and fish & chips have received rave reviews from the LA Times and the Press Telegram; they were also included in Los Angeles Magazine's coveted "Best of LA" list. Live bands or DJ start around 10:00. Go in for dinner and maybe come back after the movie for drinks and music.
For more info: The Pike 1836 E. 4th Street (562) 437-4453
Movie: If you haven't been to the Art Theater in a while, it's time to go back. In addition to the excellent independent or foreign films on screen, the theater itself is something to see. Built in 1924 and completely refurbished in 2008, its art deco style recalls silent pictures, newsreels and live musical accompaniment.
The Art is now flanked by a mini-coffeehouse on the west and a wine bar on the east. Visit their website to sign up for their email list; that way you'll always know what's playing. You can also see show times, purchase tickets and learn about upcoming films and special events.
For more info: Art Theater 2025 E. 4th Street (562) 438-5435.
Coffee & Dessert: After the movie you might want to walk a few blocks down 4th Street to the original Portfolio Coffeehouse-especially if you're a social creature. The coffeehouse is a neighborhood hub with rotating art exhibitions, great conversation and even better coffee.
For more info: Portfolio Coffeehouse 2300 E. 4th Street (562) 434-2486.
Roll out of your rut, starting with Retro Row.