Pacific's Hastings 8

355 N. Rosemead Boulevard,
Pasadena, CA 91107

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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

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 17, 2008 at 1:27 am

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 on January 22, 2009 at 9:29 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 on June 23, 2009 at 6:54 am

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

kencmcintyre on August 3, 2009 at 1:34 am

Here is a December 1972 ad from the Valley News:

William on June 18, 2010 at 9:23 pm

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

terrywade on December 30, 2012 at 1:19 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 on October 13, 2013 at 8:52 pm

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

davidcoppock on September 23, 2018 at 12:38 pm

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

rivest266 on November 30, 2019 at 6:39 pm

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

davt on October 9, 2020 at 3:11 am

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

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