November 13, 1988
Sam Hall Kaplan's columns are a delight, and his "Preserve Those Buildings, Already!" (Oct. 16) tops them all. Los Angeles is too much a Johnny-come-lately metropolis to sacrifice its handful of historical relics on the altar of crass commercialism! With Sam, I pray that the Pan Pacific Auditorium and all the other lovely old structures remaining to us will not meet the same fate as the marvelous Venice canals, Angel's Flight and the thrilling cantilevered railway up to the Alpine resort atop Mt. Lowe, overlooking pre-smog Altadena!
June 24, 1989
Re the June 6 Morning Report: Now the celebrities are coming forth in an effort to get the fire-ravaged Pan Pacific Auditorium rebuilt. Where were they when the building was abandoned more than 15 years ago? With the city growing so rapidly in population, we don't need too many old buildings that stand in the way of progress as landmarks. Since Los Angels is in dire need of green space, I say bulldoze the rest of that old building and increase the size of the present park there.
May 12, 1996
Dorothy Page Emerson, 92, doyenne of antique shows for more than 30 years. Born in Oklahoma when it was an Indian territory, Emerson spent her early adulthood as a homemaker in Chicago. She became interested in antiques after moving to Los Angeles in the late 1950s. In 1959, she took over an antique show operation started by Helen and Gordon Pascal in the Pan Pacific Auditorium.
May 4, 1986
Charles E. Cord Sr., former president of Pan-Pacific Auditorium, the Los Angeles Monarchs of the old Pacific Coast Hockey League and most recently a broadcasting executive in Reno, has died in that Nevada city. The son of Errett Lobban Cord, maker of the classic automobile that bore his name, was 70 when he died of a heart attack Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1988
The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to negotiate with a developer to install an ice rink, rhythmic gymnastics facility and multi-screen movie theater at the deteriorated Pan Pacific auditorium in the Fairfax district despite protests by nearby homeowners. The auditorium, built in 1935 and closed in 1972, was the site of ice shows, basketball games and political conventions.
May 30, 1989 |
A man who was arrested Sunday has confessed to setting the fire that gutted the historic Pan Pacific Auditorium last week, city officials announced today. But Fire Chief Donald Manning and Mayor Tom Bradley said the man, whose name they would not reveal, may be released if they cannot gather enough evidence by this evening to persuade the district attorney's office to file charges. Manning described the suspect as a 42-year-old transient who had been living out of his car. Two security guards saw the man loitering around the auditorium before the $3-million blaze that erupted last Wednesday night in the vacant structure on Beverly Boulevard.
August 6, 1989
Just two days after the fire that crippled the Pan Pacific Auditorium I gave a lecture about the loss of the Pan. Everybody was aware of its historical significance and saddened by the event. Since then, I have talked to many other people about this building and it seems that no matter how uninformed a person may be about the architecture or history of Los Angeles, I have not run into anyone who was not aware of the Pan. People have told me stories about events they attended there over the years or just that they enjoyed seeing it stand there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1989
In response to the fire that destroyed the Pan Pacific Auditorium, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has directed county attorneys to prepare an ordinance that would require all high-rise buildings three stories and taller to have their address on the roof. Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who introduced the motion Wednesday, said the May 24 fire on the city's Westside "pointed out the need to improve our ability to fully respond to major emergencies."