Pacific's Hastings 8

355 N. Rosemead Boulevard,
Pasadena, CA 91107

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eliassen on August 16, 2007 at 2:39 am

I live within a mile of this theater and it is true that after a rather severe wind storm the marquee was decommissioned. That’s not a good thing for a theater and despite the writing on the wall we all hoped that it could be saved. The theater will be missed but I must note that I stopped attending films when the ticket prices became insane. The last film I saw was Shrek2 on the big screen at this theater.

I lined up for a lot of midnight showings back in the 1990s and will never forget the Lord of the Ring trilogy on the big screen at Pacific Hastings.

Ed Collins
Ed Collins on August 16, 2007 at 12:22 am

According to today’s Pasadena Star News

the Hastings will go dark August 27th. Note that this date conflicts with the date Brenda B. mentions five comments above, on August 11th. If there is anyone who can confirm or deny either date, please let me know.

As a former manager of this movie theatre, (back when SRO operated it) I plan on attending one final time, if only to relive a few memories.

markinthedark on August 15, 2007 at 12:25 pm

I took some pics not to long ago including interiors. Will send them to Cinematour when I get a chance. My ones of the big auditorium did not really come out though.

William on August 15, 2007 at 12:17 pm

Current plans call for a Baby-R-Us store tobe built on the site. For your information Pacific Theatres does not own the theatre it only operates it. The company that own the land and shopping center have done a few analysis on restoration and remodeling but the price tag is to high with the seismic retrofit the building will need.

rivest266 on August 14, 2007 at 2:18 pm

This theatre opened on October 2nd, 1968
an small ad is here

KramSacul on August 14, 2007 at 9:20 am

I saw a lot of movies at this theater in the mid to late 90s.

The main auditorium is pretty spacious (even in it’s reduced state) and had good sound but the picture became dimmer and dimmer throughout the years. The other theaters were actually not bad but were of course small and narrow.

I still remember an infamous first night screening of Batman Forever where the sound was out of synch with the picture and it couldn’t be fixed. Pretty amusing.

bmbcali on August 11, 2007 at 6:06 pm

Saw a movie at this theatre today, 8/11/07, and found out that this theatre will be closed on 8/31/07 and demolished. I guess even chopping up one of the last larger single screens in the San Gabriel Valley and making it a multi-plex couldn’t save this theatre.

William on July 27, 2007 at 10:28 am

Mark you have it about right with your theory on the Hastings. No curved screen. 70MM in two houses, the large one and the one in front of the old main house. It had CDS sound in that house.

markinthedark on July 27, 2007 at 9:56 am

Here is my theory about this theatre:

Originally single screen:
reverse entry auditorium (possible curved screen?).

Main auditorium split in two:
Screen of main auditorium moved back to make way for smaller 288 seat auditorium in what was front of the old auditorium, with seating arranged perpendicular to seating of big auditorium (the screen of the smaller is on the front, right wall of the old auditorium). This split might be why the 60 foot flat screen of the resulting large auditorium seems too close to ceiling because of reduced auditorium height as the screen was moved back.

Three screens added to north side of building to create 5-plex:
I feel this was done sometime after the main auditorium split.

The 3 newer screens each split down the middle, resulting in 8-plex:
Evidence to this is the fact that the 6 small screens seemed “paired” with 3 entryways and signage leading to 2 screens each. Also, these auditoriums are narrow with top-down masking, not the usual way an auditorium is initially designed.

Any thoughts? Confirmations?

markinthedark on July 20, 2007 at 12:27 am

Just paid the theatre a visit. Snooped in most of the theatres. Liked the large one. But the small ones…wow. Talk about shoe boxes. Most of the screens were set for scope and their size reminded me of the Beverly Center. Seating ranged from 115 or so to 150. Most of the auditoriums seemed to be top-down masking. Even the medium sized one (288 seats).

BTW in reference to reverse entry auditoriums, I know of one in Seattle: The Varsity Theatre, Seattle (the small upstairs screen). OK I know it isn’t the main auditorium, but still…

RobertR on September 18, 2006 at 2:04 am

What is this new annoying trend to not put titles on marquees? The minute AMC took over they put up a generic message on the marquee for Roosevelt Field.

jdhouston on September 17, 2006 at 7:07 pm

yes, the theater is still open. It no longer attracts crowds and the marque
no longer lists the movies showing there. You have to check local listings.
The big 60' screen room is still intact and was not split as mentioned above.
The big theater is still one of the largest rooms where you can see a movie in that

jmarellano on February 17, 2006 at 3:37 pm

Correction. This theatre is not closed.

There are listings still on

Maybe they are planning to close it soon.

jmarellano on February 17, 2006 at 3:32 pm

As I predicted, AMC’s Santa Anita 16 killed this old theatre.

jdhouston on February 17, 2006 at 2:11 pm

This theater looks like it closed this week. A for lease sign is up and the marque has been taken down. Too bad, it had the largest screen in the area.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on January 27, 2006 at 8:57 am

When I did relief projection between Pacific’s and Mann’s down the street, it was awkward running Pacific’s because the regular projectionist actually lived in the booth. He had one of those fold-up, drop-down beds. Forget what you call them now. Anyway, the union only let operators work a certain amount of hours, so on the days that I worked, the poor guy didn’t know what to do with himself. Yes, that huge auditorium was freezing.

kencmcintyre on November 9, 2005 at 1:02 pm

There is no listing for the Hastings Drive-In in Pasadena, unless it’s under another name. The information is from

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William on October 24, 2005 at 12:54 pm

Patsy: The Warner Beverly Hills Theatres was the biggest loss to the city. They started razing it from the back to the front. I was the last projectionist in that theatre. It was am Art Deco gem. The Beverly’s other two sisters are still around one operated by the city of Los Angeles “Warner Grand” in San Pedro and the “Warner Huntington Park” (Twinned).

Patsy on October 24, 2005 at 12:37 pm

William: You seem to know alot about theatres in CA particularly Beverly Hills and the LA area. Thanks to you I’m learning about many of them though saddened by their demise.

Patsy on October 24, 2005 at 12:32 pm

William: I just looked up the Beverly and the Beverly Canon Theatres listed on CT and looked at some of the photos! What a shame they are both gone!

Patsy on October 24, 2005 at 12:26 pm

William: Thanks for the kind reply and yes, I hope that many lend their physical presence to the hearing tonight! Gina and her online committee have been working hard and would appreciate the support.

William on October 24, 2005 at 12:23 pm

Hi Patsy: Sorry but I would like to attend but I’m currently in New York City.
But I hope people read Patsy’s post and lend some support for the old Raymond Theatre. Because Bevely Hills just lost two other theatres in the last month. The old Beverly Theatre on Beverly Drive and the Canon on Canon Drive.

Patsy on October 24, 2005 at 12:15 pm

William: If you are in or near the Pasadena area and have interest in saving the Raymond Theatre, please consider attending the hearing tonight to show your support! Thank you.

William on October 24, 2005 at 12:06 pm

The original company that operated the theatre before Pacific Theatres was Sterling Recreation Company (SRO) out of Seattle, Washington. When SRO left the Southern California market, Pacific Theatres picked up many of their sites.

Paramount Theatre in Hollywood
Holly Theatre in Hollywood
Crest in Westwood
Hastings in Pasadena
Colorado in Pasadena
Roxy in Glendale
Montclair in Montclair
Carriage Square in Oxnard area

Patsy on October 24, 2005 at 11:35 am

Since the Pacific’s Hastings 8 is listed in Pasadena I’m sure anyone posting on this theatre link is also aware of the Raymond Theatre in Pasadena. The Raymond is in it’s 11th hour so anyone who would like to show their support to save this historical theatre please come to a Final Design Review hearing on Monday, the 24th at 7 (All Saints Church, Sweetland Hall 132 N. Euclid). To learn more about the Raymond Theatre and its past/present history go to Thank you.