AKA: Washington Theater, Pasadena, CA; Cinema 21 Theatre, Pasadena, CA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Jay, Clarence Lee, Architect (firm); Patterson, Henry M., Architect (firm); Breo A. Freeman (architect); Clarence Lee Jay (architect); Henry M. Patterson (architect)

Dates: constructed 1923-1924

East Washington Street and Prime Court
Pasadena, CA 91104

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Jay and Patterson associated as architects on the design for the Barney Judge Interests, who financed the construction of the mixed theatre, office and apartment building in late 1923; the two and three story structure cost approximately $150,000, and was to contain 4 stores, 20 offices, 30 apartments, and a 900-seat theatre, the Washington; an ArtCraft Theatre Organ was installed by the owner in 1926; the theatre, later named the Cinema 21, stopped showing films in 1992.

Alterations were made to the lobby and storefronts in 1937; architect Breo Freeman used black structural glass, vitrolite, as a facing material for the walls of the lobby and exterior storefronts; he completed this work for the North American Building and Loan Association, who then owned the property; the glass was later removed;

PCAD id: 5215