United Artists Theatre

606 E. Colorado Boulevard,
Pasadena, CA 91101

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United Artists Theatre in Pasadena

Not to be confused with the new United Artists Pasadena Marketplace multiplex cinema, this old United Artists Theatre was opened around October 1931 with 912 seats. It was operated by Fox West Coast Theatres by June 1938. In February 1990 it was taken back by UA.

Closed in 1990, it was gutted and converted for retail space which closed as Angels School Supply in 2015. In 2019 the screen end was converted into an Anytime Fitness gymnasium and the front of the theatre is a restaurant.

Contributed by William Gabel, "manwithnoname"

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Zubi on August 9, 2009 at 2:02 am

The United Artists-Pasadena single was a test site for experimental projection/sound equipment, such as UA Cinema 150. The Naifys, former oweners of United Artists Theatre Circuit Inc., came down to watch the Tournament of Roses Parade from bleachers constructed on the theatre’s rooftop. Later, bleachers were also erected atop the UA Marketplace-Pasadena, which opened further down Colorado Blvd. in the 1980s. The single-screen’s official name was “United Artists Theatre” – NOT “United Artists Pasadena Theatre” as stated above. Also, I don’t know its early history but it was operated by UATC well AFTER being managed by Fox West Coast Theatres.

Zubi on June 19, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I have 736 (from a 1989 district office listing) as this theatre’s seating capacity, much less than what is indicated above. Also, again, as evidenced by the photos linked to this page, the name of this place—both historically and during its last days in the 80s—was simply the “United Artists”. Of course, it was located in Pasadena. However, it was not named the “United Artists Pasadena Theatre”, just “United Artists”.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 24, 2010 at 6:31 am

Fox West Coast gave up the United Artists in Pasadena in 1950 as part of the consent decree. Boxoffice of February 2 that year listed twelve FWC houses in California that had gone to UA, finally severing the relationship that had existed between the two chains. The other eleven houses were: State and United Artists, Los Angeles; Capitol and California, Glendale; United Artists in Inglewood, Long Beach, and Berkeley; Long Beach in Long Beach; Mission, San Jose; Varsity, Palo Alto, and California, Richmond.

FWC was operating the Pasadena UA at least as early as 1937, according to items I’ve seen in Boxoffice, but I’m pretty sure it was a UA-operated house from 1950 until it closed. I also recall the Washington Theatre in Pasadena being a UA house in the 1960s.

Zubi on June 24, 2010 at 11:02 am

Webmaster – thanks for correcting those two items… Just one more thing, the intro. above says “closed in the 1960’s”. It should say “closed in the late 1980s”.

Mr. Vogel – you really know your theatre history. Very interesting. If you haven’t already done so, I recommend taking LA’s Broadway District Walking Tour next time you’re in that area.

iatse311 on October 21, 2010 at 9:14 pm

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angels art supply at least restored original facade, removed that awful look from the 80’s View link

Jengood008 on May 24, 2016 at 11:06 pm

After Angel’s School Supply closed, the new owner applied for and received local landmark status for this building. BlankSpaces coworking was set to become the tenant, and judging by the pictures on their Facebook page, the name “blank space” was appropriate since the interior was just a big, white box. Not a trace of theater left. The deal appears to have fallen through, as the building was put back up for lease a few weeks ago. It is still being marketed as a coworking space but in my dreams, I’d love to see it utilized in a way that was accessible to the public- perhaps even with a restoration of the front entrance. Swoon

Jengood008 on February 27, 2018 at 7:46 pm

Sad news. I noticed that the (likely original) lightbulb covered entryway ceiling has recently been demolished. The space still has not found a tenant.

DavidZornig on August 20, 2019 at 10:09 pm

Building sold in October 2018, link below.


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