Pacific's Hastings 8

355 N. Rosemead Boulevard,
Pasadena, CA 91107

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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. At some point, 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

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drb
drb on September 13, 2008 at 5:44 pm

I took some photos the day before it closed. They’re just from a cheap pocket-sized Nikon. I just took photos until an usher yelled at me to stop, because they didn’t want photos showing up in the paper (from a cheap pocket camera?), so I waited until she left and took more pictures. What was she going to do, ban me from coming back? The place was closing!

Anyway, exterior:
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Interior, main house:
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Torn draperies in the back:
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Blurry photo of one of the little side screens:
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Night shots:
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 16, 2008 at 10:27 pm

The original Hastings Theatre was designed by South Pasadena architect Roland Decker Pierson. Pierson had earlier designed at least two other big, single-screen theaters for the Sterling Organization, these being the Rolling Hills Theatre in Torrance, and the Montclair Theatre in Montclair.

The Hastings was the subject of an article in the March 25, 1968, issue of Boxoffice Magazine, describing the unusual features of its design, including its continental seating arrangement and reverse auditorium. The seating capacity was given as 1,542.

Two more theaters that can be attributed to Roland Decker Pierson are the Edwards Huntington in Huntington Beach, and the Azusa Drive-In in Azusa.

lanceglover
lanceglover on January 22, 2009 at 6:29 am

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 3:54 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 2, 2009 at 10:34 pm

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

William
William on June 18, 2010 at 6:23 pm

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

terrywade
terrywade on December 30, 2012 at 10:19 am

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 13, 2013 at 5:52 pm

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

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on September 23, 2018 at 9:38 am

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

Ron Pierce
Ron Pierce on September 26, 2018 at 12:31 am

Grand opening ad for October 2, 1968, is now in the photo section

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