Torrance is famous because of its shopping possibilities. Del Amo Fashion
Center, at three million square feet (300,000 m²), is one of the largest
malls in the United States. Estimates vary between the second largest (after
the Mall of America) and the fourth largest, depending on the measurements
used. The current mall was created when Del Amo Center, built in 1958, merged
with Del Amo Fashion Square, built in 1970. Once located on opposite sides
of Carson Street, a gigantic expansion of the mall spanning Carson Street joined
the two centers by 1982, making it the longest mall in the world at the time.
Del Amo Fashion Center has been used as a location for several motion pictures,
including Jackie Brown and Bad Santa. In 2005, the east end of the original
mall north of Carson Street was demolished to make way for a new open-air shopping
One of the country's few urban wetlands can be found in Torrance. Madrona Marsh is a nature preserve on undeveloped land once set aside for oil production.
Torrance is well-known for its annual Armed Forces Parade on Armed Forces Day in mid-May every year down Torrance Boulevard. The parade features many military vehicles from the different branches of the Armed Forces. After the parade, the military vehicles are put on display at the parking lot of the Del Amo Fashion Center for two days.
Torrance High School is not only one of the oldest high schools in California,
its facade is familiar to television viewers as the setting for Beverly
Hills 90210 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and to moviegoers for its appearances
in She's All That.South High School, near the southern border of Torrance,
was used as a location for the 1999 filming of the movie American Beauty
Torrance has 24 city parks; the focal point is 44-acre Wilson Park which has extensive picnic and sports facilities, including a modern gymnasium and a roller-hockey rink. Wilson Park also hosts a Farmer's Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and is the site of the city's annual Fourth of July fireworks display.
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