WATCH as Old Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool is Demolished in Long Beach, California

After 47 years as one of the legendary venues for aquatics in the United States, the old Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool is no more, as demolition crews in Long Beach took the old building down over the last month in the waning twilight of 2014.

See below for videos of the pool’s deconstruction and demolition, plus a set of pictures from the teardown, thanks to Lucy Johnson.

See also:

Video via Chaz Curry, a producer who is putting together a documentary on the pool called “Diving for Gold.”

Video via Justin Rudd:

Photos below, all via Lucy Johnson:

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Mark Cianciolo
7 years ago

Awesome! This was a great article with good ending for a historic pool.

Mark Cianciolo
7 years ago

I loved this pool. I lived right down the block from it for years! I wanted to take my daughter there once. Can someone tell me if they are going to build another pool on that sight, or is that piece of ocean side real-estate going to become condos? It would be a shame…….I see the Fort Lauderdale Florida pool in a similar situation.

Reply to  Braden Keith
7 years ago

Gotcha! Thanks Braden!

Michael Anderson
7 years ago

The Dark Side it is…

7 years ago

I felt a great disturbance in the force, as if a million voices cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

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