Colorado Theatre

2588 E. Colorado Blvd.    | map |

Pasadena, CA   91107

Opened: 1949 as a first run arthouse for operators Hatch & Blackman. It was operated by Loew's as Loew's Colorado in the 70s. It was later acquired by Laemmle Theatres.

Architect:   Clarence J. Smale designed the building. The auditorium structure features laminated wood trusses.  The original interior color scheme was sunset red and green.

Theatre Catalog notes that the proscenium featured "a pie crust frame" around the opening.  Building cost: $80,000.  Equipment cost: $29,500.

Seating: 748 -- all on a single level.

Status: The Colorado was closed by Laemmle Theatres in 2001. It's now a church, the Pasadena Christian Center.

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page for some nice comments as well as a 1997 exterior view by Marcel and several of the 1949-1950 "Theatre Catalog" views.

The Cinema Tour page has some 2003 views from Scott Neff as well as four views from the 1949-50 "Theatre Catalog."  Ignore the 1997 photo -- it's from the Academy.

The Colorado Theatre is discussed in Matt Hormann's Hometown Pasadena article "Ghost Theatres of Colorado (Part 2 of 2)."

A detail of the entrance doors and boxoffice.

photo: Michelle Gerdes - 2009

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For more
great work by ace theatre explorer
Michelle Gerdes see her various
Theatres sets on Flickr.
This view of the Colorado is in her Theatres - California set.

    Cinema Tour

A  view from the 1949-1950 edition of
"Theatre Catalog" reproduced on the Cinema Tour
page devoted to the Colorado Theatre.
full size view

A look at the lobby, again from "Theatre Catalog."
  full size view

A look at the auditorium -- note the ceiling structure
formed from laminated wood trusses.
  full size view

Also see:
| plans and specs | 2003 night view - Ken Roe  |

Historic Pasadena Theatres - The Colorado Theatre

A view of the Colorado Theatre in 2010.

photo: Bill Counter

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The Colorado Theatre facade in 2010.

photo: Bill Counter

A night view looking west.

photo: Google Maps - 2011

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    Hoppy on Webshots

A 1981 view of the facade
from Hoppy's collection.
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