Fox Pasadena

61 W. Colorado Blvd.    | map

Pasadena, CA   91105

Opened: March 1, 1911. The opening night show was all live acts including singer Lilly Dorn, a saxophone sextette, and storyteller Frank M. Clark.

The theatre opened as Clune's Pasadena Theatre, a project of pioneer showman Billy Clune. His best known theatre was Clune's Broadway, still around as the Cameo Theatre.  Clune was also a film producer with his own studio, now a part of Raleigh Studios.  See the Cameo Theatre page for an exhibition timeline for Billy Clune's other theatre ventures.

Clune's Pasadena once had a rooftop sign with over 2,000 lamps. In addition to the theatre, the building had ground floor stores and a space housing the Pasadena Athletic Club. Moving Picture World for July 15, 1916 mentions that the theatre was "exhibiting the largest picture in the world, the size being 23 by 32 feet on the screen."

The venue was later operated by Fox West Coast and known then as the Fox Pasadena. Fox closed the theater in 1953.

Architect:  The original architect is unknown. The theatre had a full stage and occasionally presented plays.

The theatre got a new facade when Colorado Blvd. was widened around 1929. Some buildings got demolished and replaced. Those that survived lost a chunk off the front of the building.

Clifford A. Balch was the architect for a mission-style remodel of the Fox Pasadena. The building was shortened by 7'. Spanish Revival or art deco were the two predominant styles for the street after the work was completed.

Seating: 1,194 seats

Status:  It's now a Crate and Barrel and Gap. The building was a Salvation Army Thrift Shop in the 50s and 60s with the stage and proscenium still intact. It's now been thoroughly remodeled and there is no trace of the theatre left inside.

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Fox Pasadena for interesting tales by Joe Vogel and others.  See the Cinema Tour page for some views from the Bob Meza collection.

A look at the side of the building facing Miller's Alley.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010

[ click to enlarge ]

Note the "Clune's" sign still on the stagehouse. If you were to
turn to the right, you'd be looking at the iPic Cinemas.

A street view of the former Fox Pasadena Theatre.

Photo: Google Maps - c. 2009

The stage was at the left end of the building, down De Lacey Ave.
The loading doors there now accept housewares rather than
Click on the image for a larger view or head
to Google for an interactive view.

    Hometown Pasadena

A view of the Clune's signage by Matt Horrman in his 2011
article "Ghost Theatres of Colorado Blvd. - Part 1 of 2"
 full size view

    Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation | group Facebook page | official FB page

A view from above showing the signage on the back
 of the now gutted stagehouse. It's a post by Escott
 O. Norton on LAHTF's group Facebook page.
 full size view

    L.A. Public Library Collection

A 1931 view of the marquee (and the theatre's
new facade) from the Library's collection.
full size view

An undated ad for the West Coast - Langley Theatres
in Pasadena -- the Raymond, Strand, Florence and
Pasadena. Click to enlarge or go to the Library's
website for the pdf version.

A January 2, 1939 photo by Herman Schultheis
showing crowds leaving after the Rose Parade. We
have the Fox Pasadena at the left, with Western
Auto the retail tenant on the corner.
 full size view

A detail of the theatre
 from the photo above.

Thanks to Carol Momsen for posting the
 1939 photo on Photos of Los Angeles.

A view of the facade -- it's now a Crate & Barrel.

photo: Bill Counter - 2010

[ click either of these to enlarge ]

Another facade view.

photo: Bill Counter 2010

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    Cinema Tour

A 2003 view of the Pasadena Theatre stagehouse
from the Bob Meza collection. Note the Clune's
signage on the back of the stagehouse.
full size view

The Fox Pasadena page on Cinema Tour
also has additional 2003 exterior views by Mr. Meza.

    Huntington Digital Library

A 1927 view of the Pasadena Theatre
by Harold A. Parker.
full size view

On the Huntington Library page you can
use the slider to get a larger image -- then you
can pan around to explore details.

A detail of the entrance from the
photo above. Click on it to enlarge.

At the time of the photo the theatre was
closed -- the marquee is telling customers to go
see the big pictures at the Raymond Theatre.

This original facade got chopped off
when Colorado got widened.

    Corey Miller on Flickr

A view of the Clune's signage on the east wall.
The photo above appears as part of a 2012
story on LAist -- "Ghosts of Movie Houses Past."
full size view

Also check out Corey Miller's
 "Theatre Signs" set. 

    Pasadena, A Business History   

by Patrick Conyers, Cedar Phillips
 and the Pasadena Museum of History.
Arcadia Press, 2007

Arcadia Press  |  Google books preview

A 1911 opening day view of Clune's Pasadena
appears in this fine book.

full size view

A higher definition version of the photo appears
with Matt Hormann's Hometown Pasadena article:

| Clune's Pasadena |

And it's on Cinema Treasures as well.

    USC Archives

A c.1926 view looking west on Colorado Blvd.
during Rose Parade festivities. Behind the banners you
can see a bit of the "Pasadena Theatre" sign.
full size view