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Pan Pacific Theatre

7554 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036
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Also see: Pan Pacific Auditorium


Opened: 1942. The photo by Julius Shulman is in the collection of the Getty Research Institute as part of his job #043. "Skylark" and "Buy Me That Town" were fall 1941 releases.

Architects: William L. Periera designed the theatre, Walter Wurdeman and Welton Becket of the firm firm of Wurdeman & Becket designed the rest of the building.

The building that fronted on Beverly Blvd. also housed a cafe, ice rink and bowling alley. It was a structure separate from the 1935 Pan Pacific Auditorium, which was behind the theatre building.  The complex was located seven blocks east of Fairfax Ave.

Seating: 850



An ad from the collection of Marlaine Hysell announcing ice skating at the Ice Rink that was part of the "Pan Pacific Village" adjacent to the auditorium. The Village was advertised as "Amusement and recreational center of Los Angeles  *Ice Skating * Theatre * Bowling * Cocktails." Note the Pan Pacific Theatre depicted at the far left of the drawing at the bottom of the ad.

Status: Closed in 1984 and soon demolished.



A photo of the lobby of the Pan Pacific taken by Julius Shulman (1910-2009). It's one of six photos indexed as Shulman's job #043 in the Getty Research Institute collection. The images are copyrighted by the J. Paul Getty Trust. The set is also indexed on the Digital Public Library of America site. Also see a list of additional Shulman jobs on the Getty site as well as a page of Julius Shulman Resources.

Thanks to architectural photographer Hunter Kerhart for finding this set of photos in the Getty collection.



A 1942 lobby view by Maynard Parker (1901-1976). It's one in a set of five photos in the collection of the Huntington Digital Library and is also indexed on Calisphere. Thanks to Matt Spero for his amazing restoration work. The image on the HDL site is so deteriorated it looks like it's snowing inside.



A peek into the rear of the auditorium. It's a Julius Shulman photo in the Getty Research Institute set #043.



The screen revealed in a 1942 photo by Maynard Parker from the collection of the Huntington Digital Library. It's also on Calisphere. The image has been restored by Matt Spero.



A look across the front of the house taken by Julius Shulman. It's one of six photos in the Getty Research Institute collection indexed as Shulman's job #043.


More exterior views:


A 1942 opening night photo by Julius Shulman in the Getty Research Institute collection's set #043.



A 1942 Julius Shulman shot looking southeast with the Pan Pacific Theatre at the far left, the skating rink in the middle, and the older Auditorium building at the right. It's in the Getty Research Institute collection, one of five photos indexed as Shulman's job #5500.

Thanks to Noirish Los Angeles contributor Hoss C for finding this set in the Getty collection. He featured the photos on his Noirish post #33828.



A Julius Shulman photo of the Pan Pacific Theatre from the Los Angeles Public Library collection. It also appears in the Getty Research Institute collection set #5500.



A look east with the Pan Pacific Theatre at the far end. The theatre gets a plug on the billboard along with the other attractions. It's a Julius Shulman photo in the Getty Research Institute set #5500.



A 1942 facade view by Maynard Parker. We're looking east on Beverly Blvd. Check out the Gilmore gas station beyond the theatre. The photo is part of a set of five in the collection of the Huntington Digital Library. It can also be seen on Calisphere. "Flight Command" was a December 1940 release. "Made For Each Other" with James Stewart and Carole Lombard was released in February 1939. Thanks to Matt Spero for restoration work on the photo.



A 1942 night shot by Julius Shulman in the Getty Research Institute set #043. They're running "Hold Back The Dawn" (a September 1941 release) and "Birth of the Blues" (November 1941).



A view under the entrance canopy in 1942. We're looking across Beverly Blvd. It's a Maynard Parker photo from the Huntington Digital Library. It's also indexed on Calisphere. On both those sites their version of the image is covered in white blotches. This version here is a restoration by Matt Spero.



Here we're looking west at at the west end of the Beverly Blvd. frontage of the building. The Pan Pacific Theatre is behind us. Take a left at the end of the building and you'd be looking along the facade of the Pan Pacific Auditorium. It's a 1942 Maynard Parker photo from the Huntington Digital Library. It's also indexed on Calisphere. Thanks to Matt Spero for his superb restoration work on the image.



A view of the cafe in the building. It's an undated Dick Whittington Studio photo in the Los Angeles Public Library collection.  Also see: cafe staff -- alongside the Auditorium | bar in ice rink | another concession area shot - ice rink | more ice rink concessions -- stairs to cafe upstairs | interior - ice rink |



A 1983 view of the exterior from American Classic Images.  



A sad 1984 view of the complex looking east. It's a photo by Morgan Clarke that was a post on the Facebook page Vintage Los Angeles.



A demolition shot that appeared in the Los Angeles Times in 1984. 



Another 1984 Los Angeles Times demolition photo. Thanks to Ken McIntyre for locating these.

More information: See the Cinema Treasures page on the Pan Pacific Theatre for lots of comments.

Amoeblog has an interesting post on the Fairfax District. Wikipedia has a list of other buildings designed by architect William Pereira.

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