AKA: Pan Pacific Auditorium, Fairfax District, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - assembly halls

Designers: Plummer, Wurdeman, and Becket, Architects (firm); Tomson, Tommy, Landscape Architect (firm); Welton David Becket (architect); Charles Forrest Plummer (architect); Thomas Tomson (landscape architect); Walter Charles Wurdeman (architect)

Dates: constructed 1934-1935, demolished 1989

7600 Beverly Boulevard
Fairfax District, Los Angeles, CA 90036-2721

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Building History

Walter Wurdeman was the partner-in-charge of this commission. Gebhard and Winter (1994) indicated building dated from 1935-1938, although they noted the firm to have been Wurdeman and Becket; it was built during the period of the Plummer, Wurdeman, and Becket partnership.

Building Notes

The Pan-Pacific Auditorium, Los Angeles won an Honor Award from the Southern California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in January 1947. The Awards Committee consisted of George B. Allison, Chair, Pierpont Davis, John Rex, and Byron Tharaldson; this committee invited John W. Root, FAIA, of Burnham and Root, Architects, Chicago, IL, Pietro Belluschi, Architect, Portland, OR, and Ernest Born, Architect, San Francisco, CA, to act as judges for the awards program that was halted between the years 1938-1946.

Elvis Presley performed here for the first time on the West Coast.


A fire destroyed the building on 05/24/1989. A replica of the Pan-Pacific Auditorium's entry facade opened at the entry to Disney's Hollywood Studios exhibit at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, on 05/01/1989. Additionally, architects recreated the building's entryway towers at the entrance turnstille building of the Disney California Adventure theme park in 2011. Walt Disney resided nearby to Becket and the two exchanged ideas on architectural design over the years.

National Register of Historic Places (Listed 1978-03-01): 78000688 NRHP Images (pdf) NHRP Registration Form (pdf)

PCAD id: 666