|As mentioned elsewhere in this site, the Pan Pacific Auditorium
has a long-standing history not only with the city of Los Angeles
but the Streamline Moderne/Art Deco movement of the 30’s & 40’
s. The co-designer of this place, Wilton Beckett, would go on to
design other LA landmarks for years to come, including the
Cinemrama Theatre in Hollywood and the space age themed
‘Theme Building’ at the Los Angeles International Airport.
Much has been documented about the buildings outer design,
but not much for what was inside. The following rare photos
were taken from the Los Angeles Public Library Photo
Collection. Go to their web site to see more.
|We start off with the auditorium itself. While the interior may
not have been as glamorous as it’s famous shell, the size spoke
for itself. It was believed that the main room was 100,000
square feet big.
|Here’s a shot of the mall just outside of the Pan Pacific.
|Here’s a rare shot of a café on the second level that over looked the
|Here’s another rare shot…from behind the Pan Pacific! What isn’t widely known is
that there was a movie theatre and an ice skating rink behind this place. According to
a 1984 LA Times article, this section was opened during the same time as the
Auditorium and, while the Pan Pacific was closed in 1972, the theatre was closed in
1984. This section was not designed of Mr. Beckett.
Also according to this article, the whole Pan Pacific property was purchased by the
County of Los Angeles for 10.45 million dollars in 1979.
|....and just for the hell of it (and I might get in trouble for this), here a 1984 picture of
the Pan Pacific Theatre. This was taken from the American Classic Images web site.
Our apologies to them.
|This piece was a sketch for the renovation plan for the Pan Pacific,
circa 1983 with a proposal for a hotel, hi-tech theatre and the