Pan Pacific Theatre

7554 Beverly Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Pan Pacific

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The Pan Pacific Theatre opened around 1937, and was located next to the famed Pan Pacific Auditorium which was destroyed by fire in the 1980’s.

The Pan Pacific Theatre was closed in 1984.

Contributed by B Erickson, Ed Haselwood

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 4, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Along those lines, the introduction is incorrect as it refers to the auditorium and not the theater.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 4, 2009 at 10:59 pm

The into definitely needs to be rewritten. It currently isn’t about the theater at all.

And while we’re at it, Modern or Mid-Century Modern (the latter more often referring to interior design, but increasingly used to describe buildings as well) should definitely be added to the choice of architectural styles available when submitting theaters to the site. The more issues of Boxoffice from the 1940s on I look at, full of photos of totally modern theater buildings, the more obvious it becomes to me that hundreds of theaters were built in purely modern styles. It doesn’t make sense to call them At Moderne, because most of them have left every trace of that style behind.

What we should call some of the recent multiplexes and megaplexes that borrow heavily from Art Deco and Art Modern, I don’t know. I guess Neo-Deco or Neo-Moderne might do, but I’ve come to think of them as Mannerist Moderne, since they usually have an exaggerated “referential” quality to their designs, characteristic of Mannerism.
But I don’t think any architecture critic has used that appellation.

In the 1970s, the late critic C. Ray Smith wrote a book called “Supermannerism,” which was mostly about architect Paul Rudolph, but the term appears never to have stuck as a stylistic appellation. I think he was on the right track, though. The works of more recent celebrity architects such as Michael Graves look Mannerist as hell to me.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 5, 2009 at 4:51 am

Of the options available, Art Modern sounds reasonable.

KenRoe
KenRoe on April 5, 2009 at 9:27 am

This theatre’s main introduction above, has now been amended.

moviebear1
moviebear1 on August 7, 2009 at 8:36 am

Does anyone have any interior phots of this theatre? I once worked there as a relief projectionist showing Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I remember getting a light shock anytime I would touch both projectiors at the same time.

Matt Spero

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BRADE48
BRADE48 on June 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I remember going to the Pan Pacific Auditorium as a child for events like Ringling Bros Circus, Auto Shows, Sportman’s Show etc. The movie theatre I did not go to until before it closed. They showed 2nd run double features at a cheap, cheap price.

BobSe
BobSe on November 24, 2011 at 9:49 am

@Matt Spero: I was the regulat projectionist at the Pan for about two years before it went non-union. The shock you received was because the rectifiers they installed to replace the generator shared the same ground…whenever one or both rectifiers were on, you got shocked unless you opened the old table switch and broke the circuit. I have no photos of the interior, but I do have some old polaroids of the booth after it was automated.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm

The opening year for the Pan Pacific Theatre was probably either 1936 or 1937, as the entry for architect Welton Beckett (William Pereira’s partner) in the AIA’s 1956 American Architects Directory lists the design as a 1936 project.

RickB
RickB on December 25, 2012 at 9:58 am

Comparing some of the earlier and later pictures of the theater it’s a little surprising how much more dramatic it looks with a wider sidewalk in front of it. I presume the street was widened after the theater was built.

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