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Pan Pacific Auditorium Photos

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The doors were thrown open to the Pan Pacific Auditorium (PPA) on May 18, 1935, and the first event held there was a home show aimed at hyping then-President Roosevelt's signing of the Title I legislative act "which authorized government loans" aimed at aiding homeowners with repairs and renovations.  Photos of the opening day can be seen on the web site.  Other Hollywood images can be seen on the same web site.


Clifford W. Henderson, who along with his brother Phillip constructed the PPA, said in a letter to the LA Times in 1978: "Prior to the construction of the Pan Pacific Auditorium, Los Angeles included no convention or public facility to accommodate the annual automobile show and a wide variety of cultural, recreational and sports events."

 n 1937, the Pan Pacific Auditorium was purchased by Errett Cord, a man known for his prominence in the automotive industry. He moved to Los Angeles to retire, halting production of his vehicles and shifting his focus to the PPA and other entertainment and electronics industry endeavors.

For the next 35 years, the PPA was home to a multitude of events, ranging from the Los Angeles Auto Show,  the Ice Capades, boat and home shows to sporting events like hockey games, basketball  games(Harlem Globetrotters included), concerts (many remember seeing a younger Elvis Presley there in a performance that the press labeled "obscene", and political events like a dinner for Eisenhower and Nixon, and many more.

In 1972, the Pan Pacific Auditorium dwindled in use, and, after some small expos in the spring, finally shut its doors for good.  

And then, on the night of May 24, 1989, the Pan Pacific sealed its own fate. In what is often described as a "spectacular fire" the wooden structure burned to the ground. The four heaven-reaching spires fell in the wee hours.  The only thing remaining was the facade.

Please visit to see more than thirty old Pan Pacific Auditorium photos.

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