Laemmle Playhouse 7

673 E. Colorado Boulevard,
Pasadena, CA 91101

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Laemmle Playhouse 7

This theatre is located in the Playhouse district of Pasadena California. The Laemmle Playhouse 7 is one of two originally built theatres by Laemmle that I know of. Most Laemmle theatres are restored movie houses. Playhouse 7 opened February 5, 1999 and features all stadium seating with plush high backed chairs as well. The auditoriums feature Dolby SR or Dolby Digital sound formats. The only thing that I don’t like is a few of their auditoriums are super small. Laemmle theatres are one of the only independent movie theatre chains in Los Angeles, they show the finest indie flicks that moviegoers “in the know” talk about.

Located just one block away is the Pasadena Playhouse which is the official State Theatre of California and a national historic landmark. Built in 1917, the theatre offers year-round productions, many of which have successfully moved on to Broadway.

Contributed by Mike Juarez

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spikewriter on October 24, 2005 at 9:45 pm

One of the nicest things about the Laemmle Playhouse 7 is that it’s next door to Vroman’s Books, a marvelous store that’s a long-time part of the Pasadena community. They carry not only the usual run of books, but also the esoteric, unique and expensive. When I lived out at that end of the universe, I used to frequent them, especially for their cinema section.

Patsy on October 25, 2005 at 12:04 am

Caro: If you are in the Pasadena area, please consider attending the final design review hearing and show your support for the Raymond Theatre. Thanks.

silverquill on February 13, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Does anyone have an approximate date for this building? How old is the Playhouse 7? A vintage theater or modern recreation?

br91975 on February 13, 2008 at 3:42 pm

The Laemmle Playhouse 7, which was built from scratch, silverquill, opened in December of 2000, sometime around the middle of the month.

Dublinboyo on June 5, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Ever since Vroman’s Bookstore and the rest of the so-called “Playhouse District” allowed for the removal and destruction of the lovely ficus trees that lined Colorado Blvd, including one near this theater, I can’t bear to go back to this theater. Those trees used to provide some nice shade on hot days as you waited in line to buy your ticket. Was home to a large number of birds too. Pasadena is just another ugly city now.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on August 28, 2009 at 10:21 pm

I’ve seen several flicks here over the past 2 years – most notably “Slumdog Millionare” right at the beginning of it’s ultimate journey towards Oscar glory. The sound in the theatre – normally understated for it’s regular arthouse fare – was kicked up several notches for “Slumdog” which really blew me away!

DonSolosan on June 1, 2010 at 3:47 am

I stopped by today and there is a bright blue gnome standing on the corner of the roof over the marquee.

MagicLantern on February 22, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Per Jordan Moore at Laemmle, the seating breakdown for each auditorium is as follows:
1: 116
2: 253
3: 253
4: 116
5: 135
6: 159
7: 159

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