Rodney Alexander Pantages, son of the theater magnate, Alexander Pantages, died Tuesday at age 81 in Good Samaritan Hospital.
Rodney Pantages managed the Hollywood Pantages Theater, which his father built in 1929, until the Pantages family sold it in 1949 to RKO Theatres. That sale marked the first time since the turn of the century that the Pantages family did not own a theater in Los Angeles.
Since then, Pantages had been president of Shasta-Pan Oil Co., where he owned and operated a number of wells in the Torrance-Carson area.
He is survived by his wife, Louise, a son and daughter and five grandchildren.