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Where Floats Once Mixed With Electric Guitars

Where Floats Once Mixed With Electric Guitars

Since 1964, the drab warehouse at 835 S. Raymond Avenue has served as one of several float-decorating venues for the annual Tournament of Roses Parade. From 1969-70, it also rang with the guitars of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and other bands. Though neither aesthetically nor acoustically impressive, in one year the Rose Palace presented a [...]

A Civil Rights Leader’s Pasadena Ordeal

A Civil Rights Leader’s Pasadena Ordeal

The headlines splashed across the local papers the next day. “Arrest Negro Lecturer for Morals Accusation,” stated the Pasadena Independent. Bayard Rustin, the civil rights organizer who would become famous for organizing the March on Washington, had been arrested on a charge of “vagrancy and lewd behavior” by Pasadena police officers. Rustin had recently returned from [...]

City Film Censors Were the Bane of Local Theater Owners

City Film Censors Were the Bane of Local Theater Owners

In April 1914, the Pasadena Star reported that city officials were seeking censors “who are not extreme in any direction” to head a panel ensuring cinemagoers would not be exposed to lewd or immoral films. Though theater owners may have been dismayed, Pasadena’s censorship program delighted the moral watchdogs of the city. By March 1915, [...]

Pasadena’s Progressive Spirit Began With Abolitionist Pioneers

Pasadena’s Progressive Spirit Began With Abolitionist Pioneers

  Awhile back, we wrote about abolitionist John Brown’s three children and son-in-law, who settled in Pasadena in the 1880s. Though certainly the most famous, they were far from being the only abolitionists in early Pasadena; nor were they the only ones with connections to the notable abolitionist. The city’s connection to the pre-Civil War antislavery [...]

When a Master of Suspense Met a Caltech Scientist, the Results Were “Explosive”

When a Master of Suspense Met a Caltech Scientist, the Results Were “Explosive”

In the spring of 1945, filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and screenwriter Ben Hecht were hard at work on their latest project—Notorious, a story of expatriate Nazis hiding out in South America. Hitchcock and Hecht had pulled together the plot from parts of a Saturday Evening Post serial and real-life spy tales from Hitchcock’s friends in the Ministry [...]

Ghost Theaters of Colorado (Part 2 of 2)

Ghost Theaters of Colorado (Part 2 of 2)

It takes some keen architectural detective work, but if you look closely along Colorado Boulevard, you’ll see telltale traces of some of Pasadena’s lost movie houses. Repurposed marquees, empty ticket windows, and distinctly arched roofs give us clues to where they once stood. In the second part of our Ghost Theaters feature, we look at [...]

Ghost Theaters on Colorado Blvd. (Part 1 of 2)

Ghost Theaters on Colorado Blvd. (Part 1 of 2)

You see them up and down Colorado Boulevard—marquees, ticket windows, and arched roofs—the empty shells of some of Pasadena’s former movie houses. As we did in our signs feature, we take a look at the stories behind some of these picture houses of yesteryear. Clune’s Pasadena Theatre/Fox Pasadena Theatre  (1911-1953) – 61 W. Colorado Blvd. [...]

When Patriotic Fevers Ran High

When Patriotic Fevers Ran High

  “German Aliens Must Go On Records,” stated the headline in the Pasadena Star-News on January 26, 1918. “Registration in Pasadena Will Begin at Police Station Feb. 4.” “All natives, citizens, denizens, or subjects of the German empires or imperial German government being males of the age of 14 years and upward, who are within [...]

Signs of the Times

Signs of the Times

It’s an increasingly rare sight in Pasadena: signs remaining for businesses that have long since gone. In this feature, we take a look at several that have endured and the stories behind them. 1. Crown City Bank – 1176 E. Colorado Boulevard This tile mosaic dates from 1906, when the small Crown City Bank opened [...]

Pasadena Retirement Suited a Nemesis of Butch and Sundance

Pasadena Retirement Suited a Nemesis of Butch and Sundance

As a purveyor of Western mythology, Altadena dentist-turned-author Zane Grey got most of the publicity during his years in the city. For a brief period, however, a real-life icon of the American West lived nearby. From 1926 until his death in 1928, “cowboy detective” Charles A. Siringo, a former lawman and Pinkerton agent, resided in a [...]

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