For tourists, El Segundo is
actually a pretty nice place to book
hotels when you have an early morning
flight leaving nearby. The trip to the
airport is only five minutes.
What we like about El Segundo is its beach at the bottom of a hill next to Hermosa Beach and Dockweiler Beach. Connected to a 22-mile South Bay Bicycle Trail, bicycling, jogging, roller blading and walking are all extremely popular. El Segundo is centrally located between the beaches such as Redondo, Hermosa, Manhattan Beach and Marina del Rey, Playa del Rey, Venice Beach and Santa Monica. It is also close to 405 Freeway, offering easy access to the roads that will get you around L.A. and its attractions.
In 2000, the Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Sparks moved their practice facilities to El Segundo and established the Toyota Sports Center (formerly HealthSouth) complex on Nash Street.
Downtown El Segundo - Roll back the clock and visit a quaint village when see the town center. During Christmas it truly is the heart & soul of the city when the town tree sits in the village green next to the Civic Center. There are interesting restaurants, shops, and some painted murals visible when you walk and explore.
Silent, Classic Films - Old Town
140 Richmond Street
El Segundo, CA 90245
188 seat theater in the original El Segundo State Theater is known for its pre-1950's movies and comedy films, both silent and black & white. Old Town Music Hall, home to a Mighty Wurlitzer, which was acquired from the former Fox West Coast Theater in Long Beach, where it had been installed in 1925, is sometimes played during movies and pre-shows. About 16 feet wide and 30 feet tall with 26 ranks of 1,600 pipes, 268 instruments and 244 keys on four keyboards-- you can hear horns, bells, sirens, whistles, gongs and more. The console is connected to a Devtronix Computer thereby controlling over 2000 pipes plus many moving percussive instruments and effects.
Automobile Driving Museum (the only museum that takes you on a ride)
Rotating collection of 130 classic, antique and vintage automobiles on display. Rides on Sunday, Research Library, Museum Stock, Admission - Donations only. Events space available. 610 Lairport St., El Segundo, CA 310-909-0950. Open Tues-Sun. 10-4, Rides on Sundays only automobiledrivingmuseum.org
Flight Path Museum and Learning Center - includes excellent collection of commercial airline memorabilia, research library, and views of the LAX runways.
Dining: Rosecrans Boulevard is
the heart of chain restaurant dining
with popular faves -- P.F. Chang's, McCormick and Schmick, and Fleming's steakhouse and wine bar in Continental Development's new Atrium building.
At Mariposa Village, in the center of
the City's residential area, you'll find
La Paz, a popular café. And, of course,
Downtown El Segundo is the location of
over thirty wonderful dining choices.
Business: El Segundo has the second highest concentration of Fortune 500s in the state of California, behind San Francisco. Known as the "Aerospace Capital of the World", aerospace pioneers such as North American Aviation, Douglas Aircraft and Hughes Aircraft located in El Segundo after World War II, followed by the creation of Los Angeles Air Force Base and The Aerospace Corporation. Today, El Segundo is home to Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, four of the nation's largest defense firms. Global Positioning Satellite systems, the Global Hawk unmanned aerial aircraft, and the F/A-18 are just a few examples of military technology developed in El Segundo.
City of El Segundo Top 15 Employers, Employee, Sector:
1 Raytheon Company 7,591 Aerospace & Defense
2 Boeing Satellite Systems Inc. 5,853 Aerospace & Defense
3 Northrop Grumman Corporation 5,213 Aerospace & Defense
4 Aerospace Corporation 3,048 Aerospace & Defense
5 Mattel 1,771 Toys/Creative Arts
6 DirecTV Operations Inc. 1,448 Communications/Entertainment
7 Chevron Products Company/USA 1,186 Refinery
8 Accenture 684 Management Consulting
9 Xerox Inc. 543 Document Management
10 International Rectifier Corporation 530 Electronics Manufacturing
11 Time Warner Cable 433 Communications/Entertainment
12 BT Americas 402 Communications/IT
13 CarsDirect.com 395 Internet Commerce
14 IBM 386 Information Technology
15 Computer Sciences Corporation 354 Information Technology
In Movies & Film:
El Segundo High School has been featured in many films and television shows, including Superbad, WarGames, Joe Dirt, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Boston Public, The Hot Chick, Yours, Mine and Ours, Even Stevens, 24, Joan of Arcadia, The O.C., Room 222, Epic Movie, Shredderman Rules, 90210 , Blackboard Jungle, Medium and many others. Some promotional T-shirts sold in El Segundo claim that El Segundo High School has appeared in more films and TV shows than any other high school. David Spade mentioned El Segundo on The Showbiz Show with David Spade. An episode of Bones was filmed at the Hyperion sewage treatment plant, which lies on El Segundo's western border. Many years ago a Ripley's Believe It Or Not newspaper item suggested that El Segundo was one of the few U.S. cities where every street had a hill. However, that is only true of the western residential area of the city. CSI: Miami is filmed in parts of El Segundo. A couple of episodes of Medium were filmed at El Segundo Middle School. In the movie Crash, Ryan Phillippe plays a Los Angeles police officer who lives in El Segundo. In the movie Point of No Return, Bridget Fonda's character says the line "And I gotta go all the way to EI Segundo"
The movie Dude, Where's My Car? was filmed in El Segundo, in front of the ice cream parlor formerly known as Scoops. The beginning of the Blink 182 video of their song "First Date" lists El Segundo, 1974 as its location - Although it was actually shot in Burnaby, British Columbia at Lost in the 50's Drive In.