Happy 25th Anniversary, Malibu - NBC Southern California

Happy 25th Anniversary, Malibu

The world-famous beach town marks an important date.



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    Malibu, that real-life beach city of pop culture dreams, throws a "Celebration of Cityhood" on Monday, March 28. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    Malibu has been a part of the Los Angeles mythos for decades, from the potters who set up tile-making shop in the area to the famous Malibu Colony, which has long summoned celebrities to a spectacular strip of beach-close beauty.

    And if you played with a Malibu Barbie back in the 1970s -- or served as an extra on one of the many "Gidget"-inspired films that shot around Surfrider Beach back in the '60s -- then you may be surprised to learn that the city is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

    Officials will mark the official incorporation of Malibu on Monday evening, March 28 at City Hall with a community-big party. Look for "delicious food, commemorative gifts, a live band and the grand opening of the 'Art of the Board' surfboard exhibit!" 

    It's a fitting tribute to the town to build the bash around a surfboard-themed art show, since surfing, like pottery and beach movies, has become synonymous with Malibu.

    Or "The 'Bu," if you prefer. Nicknames for Southern California cities can stick, or not, but that shortening of Malibu's moniker does seem to live on, like a day of endless sunshine and macking waves.

    Of course, Malibu isn't just its stunning beaches, or the iconic stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway that wends through, nor those multi-million dollar abodes that face the water; other regularly visited spots include inland wild spots like Malibu Creek State Park, the ancient land of the Chumash, which is technically in Calabasas, just to be perfectly and geographically clear.

    Famous restaurants like Geoffrey's, Duke's, Nobu, Moonshadows, and Neptune's Net continue to draw locals and those always-arriving visitors, the people who have to see where Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon romped back in "Beach Party" as well as the spot where the startling close of 1968's "Planet of the Apes" filmed in close to Westward Beach, near Zuma Beach.

    Happy 25th, Malibu! May you continue to hang ten over all your days to come.

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