United Artists Theatre

606 E. Colorado Boulevard,
Pasadena, CA 91101

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Jengood008 on February 27, 2018 at 6:46 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.

Jengood008 on May 24, 2016 at 10:06 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

iatse311 on October 21, 2010 at 8:14 pm

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

Zubi on June 24, 2010 at 10:02 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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 24, 2010 at 5:31 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 19, 2010 at 8:01 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”.

Zubi on August 9, 2009 at 1:02 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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 26, 2009 at 5:05 pm

I don’t remember ever seeing the original facade of the United Artists. The first time I saw a movie there, about 1961, it had already been clad in that aluminum skin seen in the 1980s photos. The entire house had been renovated, with new seats, carpeting, drapes, and all new fixtures in the rest rooms. It still had new theater smell.

Boxoffice Magazine ran an item about the renovated theater in its February 6, 1961, issue, which said that U.A. had spent $250,000 on the changes. Of considerable surprise to me is the news that the house had been reseated as part of the renovation, reducing capacity to 756. The last time I went to a movie there, in the 1980s, by which time I was taller than I’d been in the early 1960s, the seating had seemed very cramped to me. It must have been incredibly cramped before the renovation.

As I’d been to that part of Pasadena a few times earlier, I must have seen the U.A. before the aluminum skin was put on the facade, but I don’t remember it. As aluminum skins went, it wasn’t a bad one, but I’m still grateful that Angel’s school supply peeled it off and restored the original detailing underneath.

kencmcintyre on March 19, 2009 at 8:52 pm

I went to the UA in Old Town a few times in the 1980s. Nothing to write home about. That part of Pasadena had not yet turned into Gap Paradise as it is today.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 19, 2009 at 8:49 pm

The U.A. Marketplace isn’t listed yet. Neither is the ex-AMC Old Town 8 multiplex that Laemmle recently closed. I think the U.A. opened in late 1986, because construction was underway when I was last in Pasadena in August that year. It closed in 2004. The AMC opened late in 1991. A Boxoffice article I’ve lost track of said it had about 2000 seats.

I saw something about an independent operator planning to reopen the 8-plex this year, but I’ve lost track of that too. If they do then something else is bound to close. The whole region from Glendale to Monrovia is saturated with theaters, and it will get worse when (or if) AMC’s 14 screen in Atlantic Times Square opens in Monterey Park.

kencmcintyre on March 19, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Is the UA Marketplace even listed on CT? I drove by yesterday and there was a Tiffany’s at that spot, but I wasn’t sure if that was a new building or a remodel.

kencmcintyre on November 7, 2008 at 11:59 am

Here is an October 4, 1960 ad from the Pasadena Independent:

kencmcintyre on July 14, 2007 at 6:26 pm

Are there no theaters in Old Town now? By that I mean west of Fair Oaks. I know the UA closed but I thought there was another theater around there. Gordon Biersch was showing old movies on the wall a couple of summers ago, but I don’t think that counts.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 14, 2007 at 6:10 pm

gencin: This page is not about the UA Marketplace 6 multiplex at Colorado and Delacey in Old Town. It’s about the earlier UA single-screen which was about ¾ of a mile east of there, on Colorado near Madison. This theatre was closed when UA opened the Marketplace 6, which was about 1987, I think. The Marketplace 6 is closed now, too, since 2004, while the AMC 8 screen in Old Pasadena is still open, but no longer operated by AMC. For the last few years it’s been operated as the Laemmle One Colorado Cinemas. Laemmle also has the Playhouse 7 multiplex at Colorado and El Molino.

The big dog in Pasadena now is the Pacific Theatres multiplex, the Paseo 14 at 336 East Colorado, where the J.C. Penney store used to be when the Paseo was still Plaza Pasadena. It was the Paseo 14, opened in 2001, that led Regal to shut down the Marketplace 6 and AMC to pull out of its Old Town operation.

As of this date, Cinema Treasures doesn’t yet have pages for the UA Marketplace 6, or the AMC/Laemmle One Colorado Cinemas, or for the Pacific Paseo 14. That early triplex that used to be on Rosemead near the Pacific Hastings is missing, too. The Laemmle Playhouse 7 is listed, though.

Marcel on May 14, 2007 at 2:09 pm

This was a cool little multiplex. The staff was really friendly. I wrote to United Artists about this once and they sent me free passes. Couldn’t believe (being where it’s located) it closed. Did they close the AMC 8 Old Pasadena? I lived in Burbank, CA back in the 90’s and loved going to all the different theaters on Colorado-UA, AMC 8, The State, Colorado…now all people have is the same crappy multiplex every week…Yuck!

kencmcintyre on May 14, 2007 at 7:47 am

Go to the picture catalog and enter United Artists in the search engine if you want to see the photos.

kencmcintyre on May 10, 2007 at 5:30 pm

There are three photos on this page from the CA State Library:

Tahoe61 on December 30, 2006 at 9:26 pm

Here is the United Artists Pasadena in 1996: View link

Patsy on October 24, 2005 at 1:40 pm

Since the United Artists Pasadena 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 www.raymondtheatre.com Thank you.