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April 22, 1995
Great story in today's paper (April 15) by Bob Oates. As a hustler, Riggs makes Minnesota Fats look like a piker. At the Pan-Pacific Auditorium in L.A., I watched in fascination as Riggs beat the world's No. 1 player, Don Budge. There were 7,000 spectators there, including hundreds of movie stars. Clark Gable and Groucho Marx sat in the row ahead of me. Whenever Riggs changed sides in the match, he placed bets on himself by holding up fingers to the crowd. Gable held up one finger, Riggs shook his head and held up two fingers.
January 25, 1991
Angelenos have long been ambivalent about their architectural inheritance, unsure about which of the area's graceful or whimsical structures to preserve and which to sweep aside: One man's 1950's-era car wash can be another man's irreplaceable architectural jewel. But while we've bickered, Los Angeles' special buildings have vanished. The Pan Pacific Auditorium, a stunning example of the 1930's Streamline Moderne style, was gutted in a 1989 fire while bureaucrats deadlocked over its future.
June 9, 1989
Opponents of commercial development of the fire-gutted Pan Pacific Auditorium said Thursday they want to see the building's streamlined front facade moved so that it faces Beverly Boulevard and becomes a gateway to Pan Pacific Park on the Westside. The rest of the site should be converted to parkland, they said. "We support public uses for Pan Pacific Park. We do not support it as cheap land for yet another movie complex," said Laura Lake, president of Friends of Westwood, a slow-growth group.
March 25, 1990
While the '50s were exciting, I remember the '30s as a more laid-back era in which L.A. was far more isolated and a lot friendlier. As a kid, I knew every family on the block, and we enjoyed simple pleasures more than the kids today. It was a time when a ride down Wilshire Boulevard on the open-air double-decker bus was a thrill. Going to summer camp at Catalina started with a trip on the Big Red Car to Long Beach and then a sea cruise on the Big White Steamer.
July 23, 1989
Elitism is alive and well in Laguna Niguel as shown by Thom Taylor's fervent plea to restore the Pan Pacific Auditorium (Letters, July 9). What chutzpah for someone 30 to 40 miles away, completely insulated from about 10,000 daily automobile trips anticipated for this project by the Environmental Impact Report and the six intersections adjacent to the project, which are now at gridlock levels as well as the six additional intersections which...
July 11, 1985 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, Times Staff Writer
Welcomed by developers who hope to keep gang-style scribblings off the walls of the derelict Pan Pacific Auditorium, teen-agers have covered much of the building with graffiti art. The spray-can illustrations include self-portraits, movie themes and expressions of thanks to Somerset Hotels, which intends to cover it all up when renovation of the building begins in October.
October 28, 2001 | LESLEE KOMAIKO
Artist Robert Cottingham didn't set out to document early 20th century Los Angeles. He just seems to have a soft spot for the romance of old places. In 1964, Cottingham, then an art director with an advertising firm, accepted a company transfer from his native New York to L.A. "When I first came," he says, "I suffered from extreme culture shock. Pink stucco Spanish is a long way from the tenements of New York." But after about a year, Cottingham began to paint bygone L.A.
February 26, 1999
There was no doubting it. One of the great sports careers of the 20th century was near its end. Everyone could see that on this date in 1935, when it was announced Babe Ruth was leaving the New York Yankees after 15 years and joining the Boston Braves. Ruth was once baseball's most valuable asset. Indeed, by himself he had lifted the game out of the shame of the 1919 World Series gambling scandal. His fame and drawing power enabled the Yankees to build Yankee Stadium.
February 28, 1988 | DAVID M. KINCHEN, Times Staff Writer
Rather than creating "another faceless" mini-mall, architect Peter Devereaux came up with a design that preserved the Streamline Moderne style of a 1940-vintage supermarket. And instead of an unsightly parking lot in front, the architect's plan for La Cienega Square, at the northeast corner of La Cienega and Pico boulevards, put 120 parking spaces in the rear and sidewalks in front.
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