Pacific's Hastings 8

355 N. Rosemead Boulevard,
Pasadena, CA 91107

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Previously operated by: Pacific Theatres

Architects: Roland Decker Pierson

Previous Names: Hastings Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 626.351.0140
Manager: 626.351.0140

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Pacific's Hastings 8

This started as a large, 1,500 seat, single screen house with a big screen and 70mm Dolby stereo presentation, opening on October 2, 1968. I don’t have a lot of facts about it, but it was remodeled in the late-1980’s. Easily the best presentation in the San Gabriel Valley. I saw “The Poseidon Adventure” when it opened in 1972. Also “Close Encounters” in 1977 and “Blade Runner” in 1982. On December 6, 1985 an adjacent building went up housing more screens, and the big auditorium was split in two.

The Pacific Hastings 8 was closed on August 26, 2007.

Contributed by Rick Rische

Recent comments (view all 86 comments)

lanceglover
lanceglover on January 22, 2009 at 2:29 pm

The first film I saw at the Pasadena Hastings was ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, which was released in April of 1968, so this was likely one of the very first screenings at the theatre. I was 10 years old, and since my dad worked on the Apollo space program, I was extremely interested in all things related to space travel, and incredibly excited to see this movie. Since it was a late showing, and the movie long, rather slow-paced, and the seats quite comfortable, I (of course) fell asleep just before the classic final sequence. When I woke up, I asked my parents what I’d missed, and I think it might have been the first time I’d ever asked a question they couldn’t answer. I didn’t get to see it in its entirety until years later, when I finally understood their befuddled silence. It remains one of my favorite films, and the Hastings from then on always a magical place to see movies.

Sorry to hear the Rialto is also no more. That theatre was (along with the Fox Venice- now sadly an indoor ‘swap meet’ and the Nuart, thankfully still screening films) one of the ‘trinity’ of LA area art houses responsible for introducing foreign and independent films to an entire generation in the ‘70’s.

Droog
Droog on June 23, 2009 at 11:54 am

I remember a few movies here as a kid, Close Encounters and Time Bandits. And probably many Disney films in the 70s.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 3, 2009 at 6:34 am

Here is a December 1972 ad from the Valley News:
http://tinyurl.com/npacof

William
William on June 19, 2010 at 2:23 am

The opening film at the Hastings Theatre was “The Graduate”.

terrywade
terrywade on December 30, 2012 at 6:19 pm

I guess the large curved D-150 screen was taken out when they turned the place into a multiplex. To bad they didn’t keep it in the large cinema. How sad now It sits all closed up.

Broan
Broan on October 14, 2013 at 1:52 am

This was featured on the G4 program “Human Wrecking Balls”

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on September 23, 2018 at 5:38 pm

Is this indoor theatre the one that replaced Hastings Drive-in?

rivest266
rivest266 on November 30, 2019 at 11:39 pm

Expanded to 4 screens on December 6th, 1985. Grand opening ad posted.

davt
davt on October 9, 2020 at 8:11 am

I only ever saw two movies here. Robocop 2 and Ghosts of Mars.

Ossraa
Ossraa on March 10, 2022 at 6:01 pm

At the time the theater closed I made this list of movies I saw there over the years.(I only included movies I saw in the big theater.)

1970s The Wizard of Oz (rerelease in ‘71-'73), Fantasia (rerelease), The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Paper Moon, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, California Suite

1980s 9 to 5 (with trailer for Outland), Time Bandits, Blade Runner, Poltergeist, Blue Thunder, Twilight Zone: The Movie (and trailer for Never Say Never Again), Krull, Top Secret, 2010: Odyssey 2, Ladyhawke, Return to Oz, The Black Cauldron, The Color Purple, Santa Claus: The Movie, Poltergeist 2: The Other Side, Song of the South (1986 rerelease), Golden Child, Platoon, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Space Balls, Ishtar, Creepshow II, Nothing in Common (Tom Hanks/Jackie Gleason), The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Blind Date, Three Men and a Baby, Good Morning Vietnam, A New Life (Alan Alda/Ann-Margaret), Who Framed Roger Rabbit? High Spirits (I only peaked in on this one), *Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

1990s Dick Tracy/Roller Coaster Rabbit (Roger Rabbit featurette), Reversal of Fortune, Terminator 2, The Rocketeer, Bugsy, Nightmare Before Christmas, Independence Day, Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace

2000s Star Wars Episode Two: Attack of the Clones, Star Trek X: Nemesis, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Star Wars Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith

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