Hastings 8 in danger

posted by Michael Zoldessy on August 14, 2007 at 7:45 am

PASADENA, CA — I just visited the Pacific Hastings 8 theatre on 8/11/07, and found out from the employees working there that this theatre will be closing on 8/31/07 and demolished.

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KramSacul
KramSacul on August 14, 2007 at 9:28 am

So I guess the AMC Santa Anita 16 and the Pacific Paseo did it. Kind of sad but not surprising.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on August 14, 2007 at 1:18 pm

Not to mention the 7 Laemmle screens and the 26 in Alhambra. Right on the heels of the announced closure of the Rialto.

KramSacul
KramSacul on August 14, 2007 at 2:09 pm

Too bad they couldn’t try to do something with the original auditorium. I guess this will just become more parking spaces.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on August 14, 2007 at 9:31 pm

SO, so sad. This was a great theatre with a huge screen and a cavernous auditorium. Saw so many good and terrible films here – there have been rumblings about it closing for a long time. I’ll have to go visit before it meets its end.

William
William on August 15, 2007 at 12:14 pm

The current plan calls for a Baby-R-Us store tobe built. Pacific Theatres does not own the theatre, it only operates it. The company that owns the land and shopping center has had a few analysis done on restoration & remodeling, but it was a quite bit more expensive with the seismic retrofit the building needs.

That might be a problem with the nearby Rialto Theatre in South Pasadena. A few theatres had to do this seismic retrofit to remain in business. Mann Theatres did the Hollywood and Fox theatres around the same time. The Warner Beverly Hills Theatre (Beverly, Pacific Beverly Hills) was razed because of costs in the retrofit.

KramSacul
KramSacul on August 15, 2007 at 12:30 pm

What a waste. Not that this theater was anything really special but it deserved a lot more care and attention.

William
William on August 15, 2007 at 2:44 pm

When the customers start going to other nearby theatres and the dollars vanish, you can only last so long. Before you have to pull the plug.

seanmckinley
seanmckinley on August 16, 2007 at 12:46 pm

The Hastings fate has been sealed for some time. The theatre had been up for sale or leased for a long time. Pacific tryed to find a new theater company to come in a take over operations. There were no takers. There are very few Independent theater operator left in the area that could do that. The Theater needs some work. Some time last year Pacific took the theater off the market.
I guess Pacific and the landlord feels that building a new theater on the sites would not be supported by the local homeowner association. The local howowners came out against Pacific building a new theater in a near by shopping center. I understand the reason they oposed it, was over an obstructed view. I gussed they like the view of the freeway, gold line station and Apartment complx thats being built better.
The Mult-plex has become a fashion item. Statium seating, Digital Souind and Projection are all fashion items.For the theater companies and studios, the youth market is where its at. And the youth market likes new theaters.They have no customer loyality to the older theaters. Because of this life cycles of future movie houses will b much shorter.

KramSacul
KramSacul on August 16, 2007 at 3:09 pm

I assume the restaurant next door will remain? I forgot the name.

KramSacul
KramSacul on September 3, 2007 at 3:46 am

Robins is the name. Stil open.

Mariam
Mariam on April 24, 2018 at 6:15 am

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Scarlett goes somewhere on the train, but in fact it’s a trip through the halls of reason – whether it’s her, or her brother, or according to their common fictional country, stretched in the subconscious. They periodically see the figures of grandmother, grandfather, mother and father, Scarlett, Finn’s teacher and his classmate, who always touched him. The figures froze in some poses, as if they had been interrupted during the conversation, and instead of faces they had masks of different animals.

On the walls of the car, there are movie posters with mentions of brother and sister (invented by Finn, it’s understandable), and in the corridors a boy with a rabbit’s head appears periodically, which carries Scarlett not into a hole, but to a huge tree, through which one can get into their own Looking Glass – to the attic , where brother and sister played, or on the island invented by Finn, in his own country of dreams.

In the middle of all this psychedelic, we together with Scarlett solve riddles. Most often it is necessary to interact in the correct sequence with those very figures of people in masks. This reminds me of the reconstruction of memories from The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (where, incidentally, the sad story of one boy was also told): we must correctly connect with each other the replicas of different characters, after which the figures begin to make up a general scene. Or, for example, they need to distribute Finn’s things, given what the characters are talking about and remembering.

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And periodically we are given to choose how the sister will talk to her brother – sarcastically, aggressively or in a kind way. This is to a certain extent also reflected in the finale.

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And when you distribute the things of your brother (grandfather – a penknife that he gave to his grandson and grandmother – the herbarium he made), when you paint and revitalize the mother’s face, which Finn no longer remembers (she died too early) when you hear him calling: “Scarlett, where are you, I’m very cold?”, Play calmly and perceive all this simply as another puzzle / adventure is not physically possible – simply because the chin trembles treacherously, and something is wet in his eyes …

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In fact, one can argue long and hard whether some friv4school games are worthy of being called art, how close they came to the cinema by the degree of impact and emotional shock, and so on and so forth. And you can just spend an hour on Blackwood Crossing and at once get all the answers, simultaneously experiencing one of the most powerful emotional experiences that the friv4school games have ever broadcast. And it’s good that such works are coming out. Vsplakknete you in the finals or not, but they make you think and a little differently, a new look at the world around and those who are near you.

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