Pasadena Photoplay Theatre

28 E. Colorado Boulevard,
Pasadena, CA 91101

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The opening of Warner’s Photoplay Theatre on August 13, 1914, was reported as a great success in the Pasadena Star News the following day. The place was packed to the doors, the report said.

Located in former commercial premises in what was then the heart of Pasadena’s downtown, the new cinema was operated by H.L. Warner (no relation to the Warner Brothers), who would go on to build the larger Warner Egyptian Theatre (later called the Uptown Theatre) a couple of miles farther east, in 1924.

The Pasadena Photoplay Theatre was closed by 1930, the year in which the building that now occupies the theatre’s former site was built.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 22, 2008 at 8:11 pm

Henry Warner’s later and larger Pasadena house, the Warner Egyptian Theatre, is listed at Cinema Treasures under the name it had been using for decades by the time it showed its last movie in 1986, the Uptown Theatre.

kencmcintyre on October 26, 2008 at 2:53 pm

An LA Times article on 1/12/27 noted an explosion and fire at the Pasadena Photoplay. The explosion blew the theater’s metal front doors off of their hinges.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 16, 2011 at 3:28 am

Here is a photo of Warner’s Photoplay Theatre. The correct opening year was 1914, not 1915 as I wrote in the introduction.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 13, 2014 at 5:28 pm

A Photoplay Theatre is listed for Pasadena in the 1926 Film Daily Yearbook with 350 seats.

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