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Pan Pacific Auditorium Vintage Photos

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The Pan-Pacific Auditorium was a landmark structure in the Fairfax District  of Los Angeles, California, which once stood at 7600 West Beverly Boulevard near the site of Gilmore Field, an early Los Angeles baseball venue at Dodger Stadium. It was located within sight of both CBS Television City on the southeast corner of Beverly and Fairfax Avenue and the Farmers Market on the northeast corner of Third Street and Fairfax. For over 35 years it was the premiere location for indoor public events in Los Angeles. The facility was closed in 1972, beginning 17 years of steady neglect and decay. In 1978 the Pan-Pacific Auditorium was included in the National Register of Historic Places but 11 years later the sprawling wooden structure was destroyed in a spectacular fire. The hollywoodphotographs.com website has many Pan Pacific opening ceremony photos.

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Moderne Design

Designed by the Los Angeles architectural firm Wurdeman and Beckett which later designed the Music Center and the space-age "Theme Building" at L.A. Airport the Pan-Pacific Auditorium opened to a fanfare of Boy Scout bugles on May 18, 1935 for a 16-day model home exhibition. Noted as one of the finest examples of Stremeline Moderne Archictural style in the United States, the green and white facade faced west, was 228 feet long and had four stylized towers and flagpoles meant to evoke upswept aircraft fins. The widely known and much photographed facade belied a modest rectilinear wooden structure resembling an overgrown gymnasium inside and out. The auditorium sprawled across 100,000 square feet (9,300 m) and had seating for up to 6,000.

Throughout the following 30 years the Pan-Pacific would host the Ice Capades and the Harlem Globetrotters, serve as home to the Los Angeles Monarchs of the Pacific Coast Hockey League along with UCLA ice hockey, UCLA men's basketball, USC men's basketball, professional tennis, car shows, political rallies and circuses. During the 1940s it was used for audience-attended national radio broadcasts and in the 1950s for televised professional wrestling shows. At its height, most major indoor events in Los Angeles were held at the Pan-Pacific.

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Popular Entertainers

Leopold Stokowski conducted there in 1936, 1950s actress Jeanne Crain was crowned "Miss Pan Pacific" there in the early 1940s, General Dwight Eisenhower spoke to a beyond-capacity crowd of 10,000 in 1952 a month before being elected President of the United States, Elvis Presley performed there in 1957 shortly before he was drafted into the Army and Vice President Richard Nixon addressed a national audience from the Pan-Pacific in November 1960. The building carried on as Los Angeles' primary indoor venue until the 1972 opening of the much larger Los Angeles Convention Center, after which the Pan-Pacific Auditorium was closed.

Vintage Hollywood Photographs

The largest collection of vintage Hollywood Photos is hollywoodphotographs.com. There are many Pan Pacific Auditorium images on this website. Hollywood Photographs Facebook. Hollywood Photographs Google+

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