Pasadena Photoplay Theatre

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.

Joe Vogel in Cinema Treasures lists August 13, 1915 as the opening, citing the Pasadena Star News.

"Pasadena, A Business History" lists August 3, 1914. It's listed in the 1915-1916 city directory.

In 1924 Warner opened his better known Warner Egyptian Theatre (later known as the Uptown) farther east on Colorado Blvd.

Architect:  Unknown. It was a remodel of an existing building.

Seating: Unknown

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 the Cinema Treasures page on the Pasadena Photoplay for information by Joe Vogel.

Harry Warner almost got a second downtown Pasadena theatre, a 1921 project that was to be called the Mission Theatre. You can read all about it in the 2013 Hometown Pasadena article by Sheryl Peters: "Mrs. Feynes and the Movies: The Mission Theater."

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    Pasadena, A Business History   

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

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A facade view of Warner's Photoplay appears in
this delightful book.
We're running "Trixie Joins the Auto Club." 
The book dates this engagement as Fall, 1914.

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