Start your Los Angeles area historic theatre explorations by heading to one of these major sections:
Downtown | Hollywood | Westside | Westwood/Brentwood | Santa Monica | [more] L.A. Movie Palaces |
To see what's recently been added to the mix visit the Theatres in Movies site and the Los Angeles Theatres Facebook page.

Pasadena: The Savoy, Colorado and the Esquire Theatres

I'm continuing to fill in the Pasadena Theatres section of the website.

I figured out a bit more about the Savoy/ Fair Oaks/ Oaks Theatre that was the first home (1916) of the Pasadena Playhouse Company before they built their 1925 home on El Molino. It turns out the place was open around 1912 as Fischer's Theatre. We also had a Fischer's in downtown L.A. as well at about the same period that ran stock productions.

Out in the Uptown end of Colorado Blvd. were two much later theatre buildings that survive with other uses -- both now have pages that I assembled last week.

The Colorado opened in 1949 as an art house and was later operated by both Loew's and Laemmle. I was delighted to find some interior views to link to on Cinema Tour. See the Colorado Theatre page for more information.

The photo here is a boxoffice detail ace theatre explorer Michelle Gerdes took in 2009. Click on it to get to a larger view on Flickr -- it's part of her Theatres-California set.

And please visit the Esquire Theatre page for information (and a few photos) on a much later theatre. Laemmle Theatres did this one out of a former restaurant in 1964.

More Pasadena goodies are coming soon!

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