|Culver City's Rollerdrome|
Recently someone posted a photo of the old Rollerdrome Roller Skating Rink in Culver City. This old photo brought back many wonderful memories of roller skating birthday parties and fun-filled Saturday afternoons. I was never into ice-skating, but roller-skating was the perfect activity for my childhood neighborhood. It was easy enough for really young kids to enjoy and risky enough for older kids to experiment with skating down steep driveways in the Hills of Beverly.
I remember a private birthday party room at the Rolerdrome with wooden tables and long benches. The birthday kid's mom would always bring cake and punch for the party kids. During the afternoon, the regular overhead lights would go dark and the twinkling color lights would glow in the wooden vaulted ceiling. The announcer would call all of the birthday kids to the center of the rink and we would be the featured skaters for at least one song. The music at the rink was supplied by the organ player. It was always peppy and skate-worthy!
The Rollerdrome was torn down in 1970, after over 50 years of service to the skaters of the area. Tellefson Park was built on the site, 11105 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City. I would so love to roll around that beautiful wood rink a few more times on wooden wheels under those sparkly lights. Sigh.