Pasadena Theatres

 


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Pasadena History Resources

For more information on Pasadena's theatres see the Cinema
Treasures Pasadena and South Pasadena sections.
Also visit the page with the Pasadena listings
on the Cinema Tour directory.

Arcadia Publishing has several titles of interest including
 "Early Pasadena," "Pasadena, A Business History, "
"South Pasadena" and "Downtown Pasadena's Early Architecture."

Check out the Pasadena postcard collections on
Card Cow and Penny Postcards from California.

Noirish Los Angeles post # 4643 by Sopas EJ has a particularly
 interesting selection of downtown Pasadena photos. One topic of
interest is the widening of Colorado Blvd. in the 20s and its impact
on existing buildings.

The Pasadena Digital History Collaboration has a wonderful photo
archive drawing from partners including the Pasadena Public Library,
Pasadena City College and the Pasadena Museum of History.  Also see
the Flickr sets posted by the PDHC and Keepers of Pasadena.

Other organizations interested in Pasadena historic
preservation include Pasadena Heritage and
Pasadena Museum of History.

The City of Pasadena has a nice page
listing movies filmed in Pasadena.





    Pasadena Theatres Street by Street    





    Bellevue Dr.   


Pasadena Grand Opera House
S. Raymond Ave.
at E. Bellevue Dr.
[ demolished ]



    Colorado Blvd.   


as you scroll down,
you're heading farther east

< south side  |  north side  >

<<  Pasadena Ave.  >>






<<  De Lacey Ave.  >>
UA Marketplace 6
64 W. Colorado Blvd.
[ retail ]
Fox Pasadena
61 W. Colorado Blvd.
 [ retail ]

 Miller Alley  >>
1/2 block north >>
iPic Theaters
42 Miller Alley
 [ films & food ]

<<  Mills Pl.
Crown Theatre
29 W. Colorado Blvd.
[ demolished ]

1 1/2 blocks north >>
Savoy / Oaks Theatre
85 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
 [ demolished ]

15 blocks north >>
Park Theatre
1375 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
[ demolished ]

<< 2 blocks south
Pasadena Repertory
107 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
[ retail ]
<<  Fair Oaks Ave.  >>
14 blocks north >>
Fair Oaks Theatre
1246 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
[ demolished ]

Williams Hall Parlor Theatre
NE cor. Colorado & Fair Oaks
[ demolished ]
Photoplay
28 E. Colorado Blvd.
[ demolished ]

<< 6 blocks south
Pasadena Grand Opera House
S. Raymond Ave. at E. Bellevue Dr.
[ demolished ]

2 1/2 blocks north >>
Raymond Theatre
129 N. Raymond Ave.
 [ retail, condos ]

<<  Raymond Ave.  >>

Tower Theatre
114 E. Colorado Blvd.
[ demolished ]



<<  Arroyo Parkway  >>






<<  Marengo Ave.  >>





<< 1 block south
Pasadena Civic Auditorium
300 E. Green St.
[ legit, concerts, special events ]
Garfield Ave.  >>
Paseo Colorado Mall

ArcLight Cinemas
336 E. Colorado Blvd.
[ first run films ]

Strand Theatre
340 E. Colorado Blvd.
[ demolished ]
Euclid Ave.  >>






<<  Los Robles Ave.  >>







<<  Oakland Ave.  >>







<<  Madison Ave.  >>
United Artists Theatre
606 E. Colorado Blvd.
[ retail ]

<< 1/2 block south
Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave.
[ legit theatre ]
<<  El Molino Ave.  >>

Laemmle Playhouse 7
673 E. Colorado Blvd.
[ first run films ]


<<  Oak Knoll Ave.  >>


State Theatre
770 E. Colorado Blvd.
[ retail ]

<<  Hudson Ave.  >>



16 blocks north >>
Washington Theatre
845 Washington Blvd.
[ vacant ]

<<  Lake Ave.  >>






<<  Mentor Ave.  >>



Academy 6
1003 E. Colorado Blvd.
[ first run films ]
<<  Catalina Ave.  >>


[ skipping 18 blocks as we head
east to the Uptown area ]


<<  Grand Oaks Ave..  >>





<<  Roosevelt Ave.  >>


Uptown Theatre
2316 E. Colorado Blvd.
[ vacant ]


<<  Sierra Madre Blvd.  >>





Eloise Ave.  >>





<<  Altadena Dr.  >>






<<  Virginia Ave.
Colorado Theatre
2588 E. Colorado Blvd.
[ church ]



<<  Vinedo Ave.


Esquire Theatre
2588 E. Colorado Blvd.
[ bank ]



<<  San Gabriel Blvd.  >>






<<  Daisy Ave.  >>





<<  Eastern Ave.  >>





<<  Sunnyslope Ave.  >>





<<  El Nido Ave.  >>





<<  Kinneola Ave.  >>





<<  Northup Ave.  >>


Liberty Theatre
3300 E. Colorado Blvd.
[ gone ]

<<  Madre St.  >>


[ end of Colorado Blvd. listings ]



    El Molino Ave.   


Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave.
[ legit theatre ]



    Fair Oaks Ave.   


Park Theatre
  1375 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
[ demolished ]

Fair Oaks Theatre
1246 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
[ demolished ]

Oaks Theatre
85 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
[ demolished ]

Williams Hall Parlor Theatre
NE cor. Colorado & Fair Oaks
[ demolished ]

Pasadena Repertory
107 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
[ retail ]

Ritz Theatre
  804 Fair Oaks Ave.
South Pasadena
[ demolished ]

  Rialto Theatre
  1023 Fair Oaks Ave.
South Pasadena
[ closed ]


    Green St.   


Pasadena Civic Auditorium
300 E. Green St.
[ legit, concerts, special events ]



    Foothill Blvd.   


Hastings Drive In
  Foothill Blvd. & Rosemead Blvd.
[ demolished ]




    Miller Alley   


iPic Cinemas
42 Miller Alley
 [ films & food ]



    Raymond Ave.   


  Raymond Theatre
  129 N. Raymond Ave.
[ retail, condos ]

Pasadena Grand Opera House
400 block S. Raymond Ave.
at E. Bellevue Dr.
[ demolished ]



    Rosemead Blvd.   


Mann Hastings Ranch 3
  467 N. Rosemead Blvd.
[ now a Trader Joe's ]

Pacific's Hastings 8

  255 N. Rosemead Blvd.
[ vacant ]

Hastings Drive In
  Foothill Blvd. & Rosemead Blvd.
[ demolished ]



    Washington Blvd.   


  Washington Theatre
  845 Washington Blvd.
[ vacant ]









    Alternate Name Directory    



Academy 6  1003 E. Colorado Blvd.

Alexandria  1003 E. Colorado Blvd.  see the Academy 6

AMC Old Town 8   see iPic Theaters  42 Miller Alley

ArcLight Cinemas  336 E. Colorado Blvd.

Auditorium, Pasadena Civic  300 E. Green St.

Auditorium  400 block S. Raymond Ave. at E. Bellevue Dr.  
see Pasadena Grand Opera House

Bard's Theatre  1003 E. Colorado Blvd.  see the Academy 6

Bard's Alexandria  1003 E. Colorado Blvd.  see the Academy 6

Bard's Colorado  1003 E. Colorado Blvd.  see the Academy 6

Bard's Egyptian 
1003 E. Colorado Blvd.  see the Academy 6

Bard's Pasadena  1003 E. Colorado Blvd.  see the Academy 6

Cinema 21  845 Washington Blvd.  see Washington Theatre  

Civic Auditorium  300 E. Green St.

Clune's Pasadena Theatre  61 W. Colorado Blvd. see Fox Pasadena  

Colonial Theatre 804 Fair Oaks Ave. South Pasadena see Ritz Theatre 

Colorado Theatre  1003 E. Colorado Blvd.  see the Academy 6

Colorado Theatre   2588 E. Colorado Blvd.

Crown Theatre  129 N. Raymond Ave.  see Raymond Theatre

Crown Theatre   29 W. Colorado Blvd.

Egyptian, Bard's  1003 E. Colorado Blvd.  see the Academy 6

Egyptian, Warner's  2316 E. Colorado Blvd.  see Uptown Theatre

Esquire Theatre   2588 E. Colorado Blvd.

Fair Oaks Theatre  85 N. Fair Oaks Ave.  see Oaks Theatre  

Fair Oaks Theatre  1246 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

Fischer's Theatre 87 N. Fair Oaks Ave.  see Oaks Theatre  

Florence Theatre  770 E. Colorado Blvd.  see State Theatre

Fox Colorado  1003 E. Colorado Blvd.  see the Academy 6

Fox Pasadena   61 W. Colorado Blvd.

Fox Ritz Theatre  804 Fair Oaks Ave. South Pasadena see Ritz Theatre 

Fox Strand Theatre  340 E. Colorado Blvd.  see Strand Theatre 

Fox Tower  114 E. Colorado Blvd.  see  Tower Theatre  

Gold Class Cinemas   42 Miller Alley  see iPic Theaters

Grand Opera House  400 block S. Raymond Ave. at E. Bellevue Dr.

Hastings  255 N. Rosemead Blvd.  see Hastings 8 

Hastings 8   255 N. Rosemead Blvd.

Hastings Drive In   Foothill Blvd. & Rosemead Blvd.

Hastings Ranch 3  467 N. Rosemead Blvd.

Jensen's Raymond Theatre
  129 N. Raymond Ave. see Raymond

Laemmle's Colorado Theatre   2588 E. Colorado Blvd.

Laemmle's Esquire Theatre   2588 E. Colorado Blvd.

Laemmle's One Colorado Cinemas  42 Miller Alley  see iPic Theaters

Laemmle's Playhouse 7  673 E. Colorado Blvd.

Liberty Theatre   3300 E. Colorado Blvd.

Loew's Colorado Theatre   2588 E. Colorado Blvd.

Loew's Crown Theatre  129 N. Raymond Ave. see Raymond Theatre

Mann's Hastings Ranch 3  467 N. Rosemead Blvd.

Oaks Theatre   85 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

Oasis Theatre  2316 E. Colorado Blvd.  see Uptown Theatre

Old Town 8 42 Miller Alley  see iPic Theaters

One Colorado Cinemas 42 Miller Alley  see iPic Theaters

Opera House, Pasadena Grand 
400 block S. Raymond Ave. at E. Bellevue Dr. 

Pacific's Hastings 8
  255 N. Rosemead Blvd.

Pacific's Hastings Ranch 3
  467 N. Rosemead Blvd.

Pacific's Paseo Colorado 14
  336 E. Colorado Blvd.  see ArcLight Cinemas 

Parlor Theatre  NE cor. Colorado & Fair Oaks
see
Williams Hall Parlor Theatre

Pasadena 6  64 W. Colorado Blvd.  see UA Marketplace 6 

Pasadena Civic Auditorium  300 E. Green St.

Pasadena Community Playhouse (1917-1925)
85 N. Fair Oaks Ave.  see Oaks

Pasadena Grand Opera House
 
400 block S. Raymond Ave. at E. Bellevue Dr.

Pasadena Hastings  255 N. Rosemead Blvd.  see Hastings 8 

Pasadena Marketplace  64 W. Colorado Blvd.  see UA Marketplace 6 

Pasadena Photoplay 28 E. Colorado Blvd.  see Photoplay 

Pasadena Playhouse   39 S. El Molino Ave.

Pasadena Repertory Theatre   107 S. Fair Oaks Ave.

Pasadena Theatre  61 W. Colorado Blvd.  see  Fox Pasadena  

Paseo Colorado 14  336 E. Colorado Blvd.  see ArcLight Cinemas 

Perkins Palace
  129 N. Raymond Ave.  see Raymond Theatre

Photoplay  28 E. Colorado Blvd.

Playhouse  39 S. El Molino Ave.  see Pasadena Playhouse  

Playhouse 7, Laemmle
   673 E. Colorado Blvd.

Pussycat Theatre  770 E. Colorado Blvd.  see State Theatre

Raymond Theatre   129 N. Raymond Ave.

Regal Pasadena 6  64 W. Colorado Blvd.  see UA Marketplace 6 

Rialto Theatre   1023 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena

Ritz Theatre  804 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena

Savoy Theatre 85 N. Fair Oaks Ave.  see Oaks Theatre  

State Theatre   770 E. Colorado Blvd.

Strand Theatre  
340 E. Colorado Blvd.

SRO Pasadena Hastings  255 N. Rosemead Blvd.  see Hastings 8 

Tower Theatre   114 E. Colorado Blvd.

United Artists Theatre   606 E. Colorado Blvd.

United Artists Marketplace 6  64 W. Colorado Blvd.

UA The Movies  64 W. Colorado Blvd.  see UA Marketplace 6 

Uptown Theatre   2316 E. Colorado Blvd.

Village Roadshow 42 Miller Alley  see  iPic Theaters

Warner's Egyptian 
2316 E. Colorado Blvd.  see Uptown Theatre

Warner's Photoplay 28 E. Colorado Blvd.  see Photoplay   

Washington Theatre  
845 Washington Blvd.

Williams Hall Parlor Theatre  NE cor. Colorado & Fair Oaks












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Academy 6

1003 E. Colorado Blvd.

Pasadena, CA  91106  | map |

Opened: 1925 as Bard's Egyptian. Later it was Bard's Colorado. By 1931 Fox West Coast had acquired the house and it became the Fox Colorado. It got a moderne makeover in the 40s and was renamed the Academy.

Architect:  Lewis A. Smith

Seating: 1709 originally

Status: It got turned into a 6 plex in the 80s. Now operated by Regency Theatres. The Academy offers first and sub run product on 6 screens at bargain prices. $2 matinees!  No interior decor of interest remains. The photo here is from 2007 -- click on it to enlarge.

More Information: See our page on the Academy Theatre.

ArcLight Cinemas

Pasadema Theatres - The ArcLight Cinemas
336 E. Colorado Blvd.
 

Pasadena, CA   91101  | map |

(626) 568-9651

Website: www.arclightcinemas.com

Opened: 2001 as the Pacific Paseo 14. Its opening led to the closing of several nearby theatres such as the UA Marketplace 6 and the AMC Old Town 6. The AMC later morphed into the Gold Coast Cinemas.

The Paseo got a remodel in and re-emerged as the 14 screen Arclight Cinemas in May, 2010. ArcLight has reserved seating, a restaurant and other upscale amenities. 

The photo here is a 2007 pre-renovation view by Bill Counter. Click on it to enlarge.  Also see:  | closer view - 2007 | lobby view - 2007  |

Status: First run films with reserved seating.

More Information:
  Cinema Tour has 7 photos of the complex from 2003 and 2004 by Ron Pierce and Scott Neff.  Cinema Treasures has some comments as well as three pre-2010 photos.

Colorado Theatre

Historic Pasadena Theatres - The 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

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.  The photo here is from 2010.

More information: See our page on the Colorado Theatre.

Crown Theatre

29 W. Colorado Blvd.  

Pasadena, CA   91105  | map |

Dates: All we know is the Crown Theatre was listed in the 1913-14 and 1915-16 city directories.

Status: Demolished.

Also:
Check the listing for the Raymond Theatre, one upon a time also known as the Crown.

Esquire Theatre

Historic Pasadena Theatres -- Laemmle's  Esquire Theatre on Colorado Blvd.
2670 E. Colorado Blvd.    | map

Los Angeles, CA   91107

Opened: 1964 by Laemmle Theatres as a first run art house.

Architect: It was a conversion of a space that had been a restaurant. 

Seating: 525

Status: The Esquire closed in 1999. It was converted into a Washington Mutual branch in 2004. It's now a Chase branch.  The photo here is from 2010.

More information: See our page on the Esquire Theatre.

Fair Oaks Theatre

1246 N. Fair Oaks Ave.    | map

Pasadena, CA   91103

Dates:  All we know about this one is that it was listed in the 1915-16 city directory.

Status: Demolished

Also see: Check the listing for the Oaks Theatre, at one time also known as the Fair Oaks.

Fox Pasadena

61 W. Colorado Blvd.    | map

Pasadena, CA   91105

Opened: March 1, 1911. The theatre opened as Clune's Pasadena Theatre, a project of pioneer showman Billy Clune. The venue was later operated by Fox West Coast and known then as the Fox Pasadena. Fox closed the theater in 1953.

Seating: 1,194 seats

Status: It's now a Crate and Barrel and Gap.

More information: See our page on the Fox Pasadena.

    Hometown Pasadena    

hometown-pasadena.com



A 1911 opening day view of Clune's Pasadena from
the Pasadena Museum of History.
It's part of Matt Horrman's
2011 article "Ghost Theatres of Colorado Blvd. - Part 1 of 2"
 full size view


Hastings 8

355 N. Rosemead Blvd.  

Pasadena, CA   91103  | map |

Dates:  Opened October 2, 1968 by Sterling Theatres (aka Sterling Recreation Organization) as the Pasadena Hastings, a single screen theatre with a 25' x 60' curved screen and 70mm capability. 

The opening attraction was "The Graduate." Norelco AAIIs were in the booth. The configuration of the theatre was unique in that the lobby was at the screen end of the building with the audience entering along the sides of the continental-seated auditorium.

It was later operated by Pacific Theatres as Pacific's Hastings when Sterling exited the Southern California market.

Seating: 1,542 originally when it was a single screen theatre. In the 80s the main house was split into two plus three small auditoriums were added. A later renovation split each of the three added auditoriums down the middle.

Architect: South Pasadena architect Roland D. Pierson designed the original theatre.  Joe Vogel on Cinema Treasures notes that Pierson had earlier done both the Rolling Hills Theatre ( Torrance) and the Montclair Theatre (Montclair) for SRO.

Status: Closed in August, 2007. It's now a L.A. Fitness.

More Information:
The Cinema Tour page on the Hastings 8 features 54 photos by Ed Collins, Mark Campbell and Scott Neff. 

See the Cinema Treasures page on the Hastings 8 for many comments from Joe Vogel and other fans of the building as well as links to photos. From Script To DVD has a page on the building with several photos and a Pacific Theatres ad touting the largest screen in the San Gabriel Valley. Deanna Bayless has a nice set of Hastings photos.

    Hometown Pasadena    

hometown-pasadena.com



A view of the complex in 1989 from the Pasadena Star-News
and in the collection of the Pasadena Musum of History. It's part
of Matt Hormann's article "The Fate of the Pacific Hastings." 
 full size view




An ad from the Star-News announcing the 1968 opening. 
full size view

    Photos of Los Angeles    

www.facebook.com/groups/24456598223486


A look across the Hastings auditorium added to
 the Photos of Los Angeles page by Carol Momsen.
Carol also posted a view of the Hastings Drive-In.

Hastings Drive In

Foothill Blvd. and Rosemead Blvd.  

Pasadena, CA   91107  | map |

Opened: 1952. It was originally operated by Comet Theatre Enterprises. It was purchased by Sterling Theatres in 1948.  The entrance was actually on N. Halstead St.

Capacity: 1,200 originally, later down to 950.  The capacity was reduced in 1968 to make room for Sterling's Pasadena Hastings Theatre, at the time a single screen theatre.

Status: Now demolished. Closing date is unknown

More Information:
Cinema Treasures has page on the Hastings Drive In. Carol Momson posted a view of the Hastings Drive-In on Photos of Los Angeles..

Hastings Ranch 3

467 N. Rosemead Blvd.  

Pasadena, CA   91107  | map

Dates:  Opened in 1975 by Pacific Theatres, it was later operated by Mann Theatres as Mann Hastings Ranch 3.

Seating:  Not known

Status: Closed around 2002. It was turned into a Trader Joe's.

More Information:
See the Cinema Treasures page on the Hastings Ranch 3.  The Cinema Tour page on the Hastings Ranch 3 has some post-closing exterior and lobby views by Scott Neff.

iPic Theaters

Historic Pasadena Theatres - One Colorado Gold Class cinemas
42 Miller Alley
 

Pasadena, CA   91105  | map

626-639-2260

Website: www.ipictheaters.com 

Opened: 1991 as the AMC Old Town 8. It was later operated by Laemmle Theatres as the One Colorado Cinemas.

The photo here is a 2007 view taken when the venue was still under Laemmle management. Click on it to enlarge.  Also see: entrance detail

Architect:  Unknown

Seating: It's down to six screens and they have lounge chairs with side tables for food and drink. Capacity is approximately 50-100 per theatre.

Status: Currently operated as a high-end first run venue serving dinner with your film. It was opened in this format as Gold Class Cinemas by Village Roadshow, an Australian exhibition and production company. Now operated by iPic Entertainment, a company headquartered in Boca Raton.  The company also operates an iPic Theatres Westwood location, formerly Avco Cinemas.

More Information:
See the Cinema Treasures page for a few comments. L.A. Times had a 2009 story on the operation: "Theatre Chain Puts a Luxe Twist on Dinner and a Movie."  Cinema Tour has lots of photos (including interior shots) by Scott Neff from 2004.  The theatre's website has a video tour.


Laemmle Playhouse 7

673 E. Colorado Blvd.
 

Pasadena, CA   91101  | map |

(626) 844-6500

Website: www.laemmle.com

Opened: 2000

Seating: 1,200 total ranging from 116 to 253 in each theatre.

Status: Running first run foreign, indie and other interesting product.  The photo here is a 2007 view -- click on it to enlarge.

More Information:
Cinema Treasures has page on the Playhouse 7 which features two great night views of the marquee by Ron Pierce.  The Cinema Tour page features 13 photos from Adam Martin and Scott Neff -- including interior views.


Liberty Theatre

3300 E. Colorado Blvd.  

Pasadena, CA   91107  | map |

Dates: Running as a legit theatre offering stock productions in 1925.

Status:  Gone.

    Huntington Digital Library   

hdl.huntington.org/cdm



A 1925 view by Harold A. Parker of a legit tent theatre
pitched somewhere in the Lamanda Park area - perhaps
at 3300 E. Colorado. The photo was commissioned by the
local Essex dealer, Walter M. Murphy Motors.
full size view

The signage in front is advertising the Liberty Theatre, 3300 E.
Colorado, evidently doing stock productions. "Every Night at 8:15 
New Play Every week."  It's unknown whether this tent actually
IS the Liberty Theatre or is just advertising a hard top venue
under the same management.

Lamanda park is an area roughly bounded by Foothill Blvd.
on the north, Del Mar Blvd. to the south, Eaton Wash to the
east and Allen Avenue to the west, with a panhandle extending
south along the western bank of the Eaton Wash.
Wikipedia on Lamanda Park | Google map

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

Oaks Theatre

85 N. Fair Oaks Ave.  

Pasadena, CA   91124  | map |

Opened: Perhaps around 1912. It's in the 1912 city directory as Fischer's Theatre at 87 N. Fair Oaks. We also had a Fischer's downtown, which ran mostly stock productions. In the 1913-14 directory it's listed as the Savoy Theatre at 87 N. Fair Oaks. Several accounts refer to the Savoy as a burlesque theatre.

This venue was the home of the Pasadena Playhouse before construction of their theatre on El Molino in 1925.  The company started with Gilmore Brown's arrival in Pasadena in 1916. In 1917 he rented the Savoy and for awhile called the company the Savoy Stock Company. In 1918 the company renamed the theatre the Pasadena Community Playhouse. They moved in 1925 into the new Pasadena Playhouse.

It was renamed the Fair Oaks in 1925 and was then operating as a movie theatre. Around 1945 it got renamed the Oaks Theatre, perhaps coinciding with reconstruction after a 1945 fire. It was an adult theatre at the end of its life.

Architect: Original architect is unknown. Walter C. Folland of Pasadena did a 1925 remodel to turn it into the Fair Oaks.

Seating: 700        Status: Demolished in 1977.

More Information: See the Cinema Treasures page all that is known about the building. William Gabel and Joe Vogel did the great research. The Savoy gets a mention in an article about the Pasadena Playhouse on the site Netstate.  Also with the Fair Oaks name there's the Fair Oaks Theatre, 1246 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

    Los Angeles Public Library    

www.lapl.org



This c. 1925 sketch of the Fair Oaks is in a PDF file about
Walter Folland in the LAPL archives. It was discovered by
Cinema Treasures contributor Joe Vogel.

    Pasadena Digital History Collaboration   

www.pasadenadigitalhistory.com


A look at the theatre before its demolition in
1977. The photo was possibly taken by the
Pasadena Redevelopment Agency.
Also in the collection:
| side view - 70s |
 

Park Theatre

1375 N. Fair Oaks Ave.  

Pasadena, CA   91103  | map |

Dates: Unknown. It was operated by Fox West Coast.

Seating: 760

Status: Demolished.

More Information:
Cinema Treasures has page on the Park but there's not much data.

Pasadena Civic Auditorium

300 E. Green St.    | map

Pasadena, CA   91101

Opened: February, 1932

Architects:  Bergstrom, Bennett, Haskell, Stanton.

Seating: 3,029

Status: Used for a variety of touring legitimate theatrical productions, concerts and special events.  The photo here is a 2010 view. Click to enlarge.

More Information: See our page on the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Pasadena Grand Opera House

E. Bellevue Dr. at S. Raymond Ave.  | map |

Pasadena, CA   91105

Opened: February 13, 1889

Seating: Originally 1,500

Architect: Unknown.

The Grand Opera House Company was formed in 1887 by E. C. Webster, Senator L. J. Rose, F. M. Ward, and Roscoe Thomas. Already by 1890 the place was in trouble and  by 1891 the operating company was bankrupt.

The venture was bought by Thaddeus Sobieski Coulincourt Lowe in 1891. The theatre got remodeled (including a new heating system) and he also had an office set up on the first floor for sale of tickets to his Mt. Lowe Scenic Railway.

It later had a number of different owners and was at one point called the Auditorium, featuring hotel accommodations and a restaurant.

Status: Closing date as a theatre is unknown. It was demolished sometime around 1926. The Royal Laundry building is now on the site. 

More Information: See our page on the Pasadena Grand Opera House.

    L.A. Public Library Collection   

www.lapl.org



An 1889 photo of the Pasadena Grand Opera House.
 full size view

Pasadena Playhouse

39 S. El Molino Ave.  

Pasadena, CA   91101  | map |

Opened: 1925.

Architect:   Elmer Grey

The Playhouse and its associated theatre school closed in 1969.  The City of Pasadena bought the building in 1975 and later transferred it to developer David Houk. After renovation a new production company was formed to utilize the building.

Seating: 684. In addition to the Main Stage, there's a 72 seat venue, the Carrie Hamilton Theatre, on the second level of the north wing, just off the courtyard.

Status: The Playhouse's resident company has been active in presenting both new plays as well as revivals. After financial problems and a closure in 2010, the company is again presenting a full season.

More information:  See our page on the Pasadena Playhouse.

Pasadena Repertory

107 S. Fair Oaks Ave.  

Pasadena, CA   91105  | map |

This building dates from the 1880s and has had a number of uses including as a saddle shop and hotel. It was used in the 70s as a theatre by Pasadena Repertory Theatre.

Status: Now a retail store, Rising Sun Jeans.

Photoplay

28 E. Colorado Blvd.    | map

Pasadena, CA  91105

Opened: As Warner's Photoplay by H.L Warner, who was no relation to the more famous Warner Bros.  Later it was known as the Pasadena Photoplay.

Status: Demolished.  It was still running in 1927 but had closed by 1930, the construction date for the current building on the site.

More information:  See our page on the Photoplay.

    Pasadena, A Business History   

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

Arcadia Publishing | Google books preview



A 1914 facade view of Warner's Photoplay
appears in this delightful book.

 full size view

The photo, credited to the Pasadena Museum of
History, appears in a larger format on the website of
the Pasadena Digital History Collaboration.


Raymond Theatre

129 N. Raymond Ave.  

Pasadena, CA   91103   | map |

Opened: April 5, 1921 by Henry C. Jensen as Jensen's Raymond Theatre

Architect:  J. Cyril Bennett, whose firm  would go on to design the Pasadena Civic

Seating: 1,996 -- Pasadena's largest film and vaudeville theatre.

History: Fox West Coast was operating the building by the early 30s. The building became the Crown Theatre in 1948. The building was purchased by Marc and Jim Perkins in 1978 and opened in early 1980 as the rock venue Perkins Palace and closes in 1989.
The theatre had one more concert venue fling as The Raymond with another operator.  It then went dark in 1991.

Status: The entry some of the main floor has been restored (as an atrium), the rest gutted for condos. Gene and Marilyn Buchanan had purchased the building in 1985. They had a 20 year fight with preservationists who opposed their plans to turn it into a condo and retail complex. The photo here is from 2010 -- click on it to enlarge.

More information: See our page on the Raymond Theatre

We also have a bit of information on an earlier building called the Crown Theatre.

Rialto Theatre

1023 Fair Oaks Ave.

South Pasadena, CA 91030   | map |

Opened: October 17, 1925 

Architect: Lewis A. Smith  

Seating: 1200

Status: The long-closed building was finally sold in 2015. The new owner has done exterior restoration work and is looking for a tenant to operate the theatre. The photo here is from 2010 -- click on it to enlarge.

More information:  See our page on the Rialto Theatre.


Ritz Theatre

804 Fair Oaks Ave.  

South Pasadena, CA   91030  | map |

Opened: It opened as the Colonial Theatre, possibly in 1917.

It was operated in the 30s by Circle Theatres, later by Fox West Coast. The Ritz was about two blocks north of the Rialto.

Seating: 760

Status: Demolished. It's now a parking lot.

More Information:
Cinema Treasures has page on the Ritz with some nice research by Joe Vogel.  Tahoe 61 on Flickr has a nice 2001 street view showing where the theatre was.


State Theatre

770 E. Colorado Blvd.

Pasadena, CA  91101 | map | 

Opened: 1918 as the Florence Theatre. The theatre was still running as the Florence as late as 1935. It's unknown when it became the State.

The State was operated for decades by Fox West Coast and its successor companies.  Later it was a porno venue and a Chinese language cinema. It finished its theatrical life as a revival house. 

Architect:  Oliver Perry Dennis     Seating: 797

Status: Closed for good in 2000. Now a retail complex with the the theatre space completely gutted. The photo here is a 2010 view -- click on it to enlarge.

More information:  See our page on the State Theatre.

Strand Theatre

340 E. Colorado Blvd.    | map

Pasadena, CA   91101

Opened: 1914.  By the 20s the Strand Theatre was operated by C.L. Langley, whose firm evolved into west Coast Theatres. After West Coast became Fox West Coast, the theatre was known as the Fox Strand.

Architects:  Train and Williams -- Robert Farquhar Train and Robert Edmund Williams.

Seating: 782

Status: Closing date is unknown. It was demolished for construction the Plaza shopping center, which has now been redeveloped as the Paseo Colorado mall.

More information: See the page on the Strand Theatre.

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A c.1916 view showing the Strand.  We're looking east from
Marengo along Colorado Blvd. It's a view that was acquired by
the L.A. Examiner. This is a detail from a much larger image.
full size view


Tower Theatre

114 E. Colorado Blvd.  

Pasadena, CA   91105  | map |

Opened: 1929. It was operated by Fox and was also known as the Fox Tower.

Seating: 754      Status: Demolished.

More Information: Cinema Treasures has page on the Tower Theatre with some nice comments.

    Los Angeles Public Library    

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This is one of my favorite Pasadena photos. The train
is crossing Colorado Blvd. in 1937 and the Tower is
running "Slave Ship" with Wallace Beery. We're looking
 east. It's a Herman Schultheis photo.
 full size view


Pasadena Theatres - The Tower
A look at the Tower's marquee
after the theatre had closed. 
full size view

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 East on Colorado from Raymond St.
in a 1938 Harold A. Parker photo.
The Tower is over on the right.
 full size view



A detail from the shot above with the
Tower hiding behind the streetcar.
larger detail view

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A view looking east on Colorado Blvd. toward the Tower
that Ken McIntyre located. Sorry, that's as big as it gets.


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A 1958 look at where the Tower would be if the Santa Fe
train weren't there. Thanks to Allen Greer for the great shot
on Vintage Los Angeles. The photo is by Gordon Glattenberg
 and appears in Elrond Lawrence's book "Route 66 Railway."

United Artists Theatre

606 E. Colorado Blvd.  

Pasadena, CA   91101  | map

Opened: 1931

Architects:  Clifford Balch, A.R Walker and P.A. Eisen.

Seating: 912 originally, down to 736 after re-seating in 1960.

Like all the other United Artists houses, the UA Pasadena was initially operated by Fox West Coast. Starting in 1950 as a result of the consent decree it was operated directly by the United Artists Theatre Circuit.

Status: Closed in the late 80s. It's now used as a retail store, Angels School Supply. The current owners removed the ghastly sheet metal facade from 1960 and did a nice restoration job on the deco detailing. The photo here is from 2010 -- click on it to enlarge.

More information:  See our page on Pasadena's United Artists Theatre.


UA Marketplace 6

64 W. Colorado Blvd.  

Pasadena, CA   91105  | map |

Opened: 1986. It's also been advertised as the UA The MoviesPasadena 6 and the Pasadena Marketplace. One screen was equipped for 70mm presentations.

Architect: Daniel T. Uesugi of Uesugi Associates, San Francisco

Seating: 1,725 with 516 in the largest auditorium.

Status: Closed in 2004 as a Regal Cinemas operation. It's been gutted and rebuilt as as retail for H&M and Tiffany.

More Information:
Cinema Treasures has page on the UA Marketplace 6 with some nice research by Joe Vogel and others.

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A 2004 view from Scott Neff on the Cinema Tour
page for the Pasadena Marketplace
full size view

Also by Mr. Neff:
 | lobby view | snack bar & auditorium entrances |

Uptown Theatre

2316 E. Colorado Blvd.    | map |

Pasadena, CA   91107

Opened: May 6, 1925 as Warner's Egyptian Theatre by by H.L Warner, who was no relation to the more famous Warner Bros. The theatre presented both films and vaudeville.

From about 1940 onward the theatre was known as the Uptown Theatre.  It closed as the Uptown in 1986.  There was a renovation, as the Oasis Theatre, that stalled due to a dispute with the landlord.

Architect: The architect was Kenneth A. Gordon, who also designed Bard's Glen.  He was evidently a principal of the firm J.H. Woodworth and Son. 

Seating: 900 seats, all on one level.  Original capacity was perhaps 1,200.

Status:  Closed awaiting its next act.

More information:  See our page on the Uptown Theatre.

    L.A. Public Library Collection   

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A glorious 1925 view of the proscenium
from the Library's collection.
full size view

Washington Theatre

845 E. Washington Blvd.    | map |

Pasadena, CA   91104

Opened: The theatre opened in 1925.

Architects: Clarence L. Jay and Henry M. Patterson

Seating: 900, all on one level.

The theatre was operated by Fox West Coast and, later, by United Artists Theatre Circuit. In the 1960s, it got a name change to Cinema 21.

Status: It's waiting to be renovated.

More information: See the page on the Washington Theatre.

    L.A. Public Library Collection   

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A 1925 view of the exterior from the Library's collection.
full size view


Williams Hall Parlor Theatre


E. Colorado Blvd. & Fair Oaks Ave.    | map |

Pasadena, CA   91105

Opened: 1888

The Williams Hall Parlor Theatre was Pasadena's first theatre. It was located on the northeast corner of Colorado Blvd. and Fair Oaks Ave. in second floor space.

In 1888 the space became known as the Parlor Theatre with nightly shows.

Status: Demolished.  The closing date is unknown.

More Information: See our page on the Williams Hall Parlor Theatre.

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Historic Pasadena Theatres - William Hall  Parlor Theatre

A detail from the Pasadena Museum of History's
c.1903 (1890?)  photo of the Parlor Theatre.
 full size view | another version