UA Marketplace 6

64 W. Colorado Boulevard,
Pasadena, CA 91105

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rivest266 on August 6, 2016 at 8:43 am

December 5th, 1986 grand opening ad in photo section.

Blackhalo11 on January 28, 2016 at 10:41 pm

I worked here back in 87 as an usher. The most interesting thing I remember was that on Friday/Saturday nights the pre-show music would culminate with the theme to “2001: A Space Odyssey”. As soon as it concluded the curtains would part and the show would begin … It never failed to get applause from the audience.

mattnhormann on August 26, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I am writing an article for Hometown Pasadena about some of Pasadena’s old movie theaters. Would anyone be willing to share their pictures/memories of the UA with me? Please email me at:

Here is a previous article, to give an idea of what the piece will look like:

fivershutch23 on June 16, 2011 at 12:01 am

I worked there for two year from 1987-1989 under Jeff Little. He promoted to me supervisor / asst mgr within 6 months of starting there as an usher. It was my first job out of high school and I was blown away by that place. In 1988 I got a decent 35mm camera and took a number of photos of my co-workers/ friends at the time (some whom I am still in touch with this very day). I clearly remember the layout of that theatre and have fond memories of running the projector upstairs though I never touched the 70mm projector that they had in theatre 4. The projection booth was a giant “t-shape” room so you can easily move from one projector to another with no need of going through doors. I started working there af the 1987 Whittier quake and there was a crack in the ceiling above the candy booth in the center of the lobby that never got fixed.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 30, 2011 at 12:33 am

Current Google Street View shows that the building has been remodeled in a retroish style all too characteristic of Pasadena in the early 21st century. I only ever saw the original building during the early stage of construction, but photos of it show that, as originally completed to Daniel Uesugi’s design, this was a Neo-Vintage/Streamline style theater. I think the original design made a better contribution to the streetscape than does the boxy thing the building has become, Tiffany’s or not.

There are four photos at CinemaTour showing the original look. The lobby wasn’t all that impressive, but the facade was nice.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 12, 2010 at 4:05 pm

The architect of the Marketplace 6 was Daniel T. Uesugi, of San Francisco-based Uesugi Associates. The firm designed several projects for the United Artists circuit.

shilo07 on July 25, 2010 at 9:34 pm

great theatre i went to a lot of test screenings there

Zubi on June 29, 2010 at 12:56 pm

What additional info. would you like Mr. Jensen? Photos, of course, aren’t currently possible on this site. However, if you go to, they have some decent Marketplace-Pasadena pics from the 2000s (though it looked cooler in the 80s). It wasn’t that remarkable of a place: it had an island snack bar when it opened (later moved up against the wall); it had an elaborate, electronic locks system that was installed on all of the doors during a routine but costly re-keying—something which its then-manager got in trouble over for approving); there were those bleachers up on the roof for the TOR Parade (see separate but related entry for the single-screen United Artists Theatre-Pasadena down the street); and, of course, the above referenced anecdote about “Last Action Hero”. I never worked at this multiplex and saw maybe one movie here, so that’s all I have, but the single has a more interesting history.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 26, 2010 at 6:54 pm





Could use more info and photos!

Zubi on June 19, 2010 at 4:46 pm

For info. above: function/first run; total seats/1725 (main aud. 516). Marquee name was “UA The Movies” until building re-branded with the ‘89 logo. Internally, theatre AKA Pasadena Six (versus Pasadena Single, which was the United Artists down the street). BTW – BOTH six and single were open simultaneously for a time—at least a year or two. Steve Thompson and Jeff Little were the first managers of the six. This theatre was also the site (or one of the sites) of the infamous 1993 “Last Action Hero” brouhaha. The “LA Times”, creating a dispute with Columbia Pictures, falsely reported disastrous audience testing at a screening here. While the movie wasn’t great, the screening went well. The story was fabricated. Yet, as so often happens, the paper refused to back down anyway.

jmarellano on June 19, 2010 at 3:08 pm

This theater was converted to an H&M where the auditoriums were, and a Tiffanys where the lobby was.