Tower Theatre

114 E. Colorado Boulevard,
Pasadena, CA 91105

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 4, 2014 at 9:37 am

Pasadena Digital Archive has uploaded a 1945 photo of a small corner of the Tower’s lobby at Flickr. The interior appears to have been fairly plain at this date, though there’s some fancy trim around a partly-seen doorway. The Roy Rogers display indicates that the Tower was probably then Pasadena’s western theater.

mattnhormann on August 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm

The Tower Theatre is still listed in the 1953 Polk’s Pasadena Directory of Householders, Occupants of Office Buildings and Other Business Places. The following year’s directory lists 114 E. Colorado as “vacant.” Thus, the theater must have closed in 1952 or 1953.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 16, 2011 at 5:05 am

I’ve finally found confirmation that B. G. Horton was indeed an architect, so he did design the Tower Theatre. A 1917 issue of Western Architect and Engineer said that he had been granted a certificate to practice architecture in California. His office was located at 750 E. Colorado Street in Pasadena.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 27, 2008 at 10:54 pm

LAPL has added an undated photo showing the Tower’s facade, and a big locomotive. It’s probably from 1937-38, though. The first title on the marquee is “Slave Ship”, a Warner Baxter-Wallace Beery vehicle released in 1937. I can’t read the second feature title.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 20, 2008 at 11:08 pm

I’ve only just come across a card in the California Index which cites a Los Angeles Times article of August 11th, 1929, which announced plans for a theatre to be built at 114 E. Colorado in Pasadena. That must have been the Tower. The card is headed HORTON, B.G. I don’t know if that was the name of the architect, the builder, the owner, or what. I find no other references to a B.G. Horton in the Index. A mystery for someone to unravel, then.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 27, 2006 at 3:55 am

Rod: I believe the photo on this page is from the collection at the L.A. Public Library, like the photo which ken mc linked to in his comment above. If you go to the library web site and click on the “Photo Collection” link, a search for “Pasadena” will bring up a sizable number of pictures. They are from quite a few different periods, and only a few are of the section of Colorado which you are modeling, but you might find something useful there.

In case you don’t know of it, the USC Digital Archive also has quite a few old photos of Pasadena.

Patsy on May 27, 2006 at 3:45 am

I can’t help but mention (again)on this CT link the Raymond Theatre in Pasadena and the very long ongoing battle between Mr. Buchanan and Gina Z. and her helpers who have been trying to save this theatre for many years! (

rduff1 on May 27, 2006 at 3:25 am

Joe Vogel: Thanks for the info. I am modelling the area around the rr crossing on Colorado blvd. I just came on this web site and am thrilled to not only get this photo but to see the interest in preserving these great old theaters.
I lived just up yhe street from the Crest when it was being destroyed.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 27, 2006 at 2:39 am

rduff: I remember hearing older Pasadenans tell about the effect the passing trains had on the Tower. Unfortunately, the theatre was gone by the time I became familiar with Pasadena, so I never got to experience it firsthand.

I never got to see the Academy before its original Egyptian style was covered over in the 1957 remodeling. Cinema Treasures has a page for the Academy. (In fact, you can click the “Pasadena” link in the line just above the Tower Theatre name on this page, and it will open a page with a list of all the Pasadena theatres listed on the site so far.)

The Crest in Monrovia is listed at Cinema Treasures under its original name, the Lyric Theatre.

rduff1 on May 26, 2006 at 5:32 pm

Oh how that theater would rock and roll when the train passed!
Does anyone have information on the “Bards” in Pasadena I think it became the “Academy"
How about the "Crest” in Monrovia? I have a pair of cast seat sides from it.
Rod Duff

Patsy on October 24, 2005 at 11:39 am

Since the Tower Theatre 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.

kencmcintyre on September 17, 2005 at 4:19 pm

Is Nash implying that his parking lot will soon replace the theater?That’s kind of tacky, isn’t it?

thomasl on April 7, 2005 at 4:06 pm

The Tower Theater was located next to the Santa Fe tracks in what is now Old Town. It appears in the background in a late-1940’s photo I purchased of the Santa Fe Super Chief crossing Colorado Blvd.

William on November 13, 2003 at 5:00 pm

The Fox Tower Theatre was located at 114 E. Colorado Blvd..