State Theatre

770 E. Colorado Boulevard,
Pasadena, CA 91101

Unfavorite 9 people favorited this theater

House of the Florence

Viewing: Photo | Street View

Opened in 1918 as the Florence Theatre. This former Fox house closed was later operated by Pussycat Theatres, in the 1970’s and 1980’s. It became an independent theatre, closing in 2000 and gutted afterward for a conversion to retail and office use.

Contributed by William Gabel, "manwithnoname"

Recent comments (view all 55 comments)

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on July 16, 2009 at 12:28 pm

One remaining holdout of a bygone era is Canterbury Records, just up the street. They are struggling to hold on but you can still find many rare items there you never see anywhere else.

Robert Allen
Robert Allen on August 9, 2009 at 2:19 am

I wish them well. I started my full-time career as an IA projectionist at another FWC “State” theatre in Pomona.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 4, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Another STATE gone.

coweyhere
coweyhere on December 2, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Here’s a photo I shot back in 2000 of the marquee before it closed down:

View link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 16, 2011 at 5:08 am

The State Theatre nearly had a much larger theater as a neighbor. In 1927, the October 8 edition of Building and Engineering News reported that architect B. Marcus Priteca was preparing the working plans for a seven-story theater, commercial and office building at the southwest corner of Colorado and Hudson in Pasadena. Had it been built, the new theater, which was to be leased to the Pantages circuit, would have seated about 2,200, making it a little over two thirds the size of the Hollywood Pantages, opened in 1930. The theater portion of the Pasadena Pantages was to have been 110x170 feet, and the frontage building containing the entrance and lobby would have been 116x90 feet.

Another Pasadena theater that was planned but never built was a large house for Warner Bros., also to have been designed by Priteca, and slated for the corner of Colorado and Euclid, which is very near where the Arclight Pasadena is now located. This theater probably would have been very much like the Warner houses Priteca designed for Beverly Hills, Huntington Park, and San Pedro at about the same time.

davt
davt on March 28, 2013 at 3:55 pm

I remember they screened Run Lola Run here. Sad when it was shut down. Things change. sometimes not for the better. isn’t there a Liberty tax there now?

marion142
marion142 on August 15, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Manwithnoname, Thanks for the memory of Canterbury records. I haven’t lived in Ca. since 1968, before the freeway.

AndrewBarrett
AndrewBarrett on April 24, 2014 at 7:21 pm

“The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ” by David L. Junchen, page 628, lists a “Pasadena Theatre” in Pasadena, California, as having a three manual Smith theatre pipe organ.

No other details, such as # of ranks or installation date, are given.

I could not find a “Pasadena Theatre” listed on this site right now (April 2014) but this has a fairly close name. However, according to Lost Memory, this “Pasadena Photoplay Theatre” apparently had only about 350 seats, and most three-manual theatre organs had at least ten ranks.

The largest known Smith organs were both 4 manuals and 16 ranks, so that this organ in question was probably between 10 and 14 ranks, or so.

This is quite large for a little 350-seat theatre, since most theatres of this size either had a photoplayer (such as those made by American Photo Player Co, or Wurlitzer) or simply a person playing the piano, or, if an organ, nothing larger than about six or seven ranks (and thus, two manuals). Thus, I think it is unlikely this is the same theatre mentioned in the book.

Does anybody know more about this instrument, or a larger “Pasadena Theatre?” in Pasadena?

Thanks!

I think the State might be a good candidate, time-wise and size-wise, for having had such an organ, so am placing this here also for the time being.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater