Friday, November 12, 2010

Vintage Photo Friday - Pan Pacific

Pan Pacific Auditorium, 1939

Staycation this week. We live near Pan Pacific Park in the center of Los Angeles. I remember the original streamline-moderne Pan Pacific Auditorium. We saw the auto show, the boat show and even the Ice-Capades here. It was a huge venue. I've read that this was the place Elvis Presley had his Los Angeles concert debut. The Auditorium was built in 1935, designed by Plummer, Wurderman and Becket. The building was demolished in 1992 after a 1989 fire.

Just Before the Fire,

Today, the Pan Pacific Recreation Center stands in the center of Pan Pacific Park in the same location as the original auditorium. This park also serves as a flood basin for the area. The entirely new Pan Pacific Recreation Center was designed by architect, Jeffrey Kalban. At least Kalban referenced the original auditorium in his design. Photographer, Larry Underhill documented the building for Kalban. You can see more photos here.

Pan Pacific Recreation Center

I'll be next door to Pan Pacific Park tomorrow morning from 10am to noon at the Original Farmer Market. We'll be stitchin' and bitchin' in the upstairs dining area. Won't you join us?

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At 12:58 PM PST, Blogger betty said...

I love that architecture! It looks like something out of the Jetsons cartoon.

At 3:19 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you love this old place come join us

At 3:40 AM PST, Anonymous paul espinoza jr said...

I Dearly miss this old place and wish i could go back in time to see it in it's glory...

At 8:49 PM PST, Blogger Glennis said...

I'm fascinated by the PPA, being associated with another Welton Beckett building. it's odd that there are so few photos of it out there in the intertubes.

Thanks for posting about it.


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