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May 5, 2018

Historic South Pasadena theater finds new life

A historic South Pasadena theater featured in the movie "La La Land" is undergoing a revival. Mosaic, a church with several locations in the Los Angeles area, has leased the Rialto Theatre from owner Izek Shomof, with plans to restore it. 

The historic South Pasadena theater was built in 1925. Lewis A. Smith designed it, along with dozens of other movie houses in Southern California. The Rialto was a single-screen theater that presented a combination of movies and live vaudeville. It fell into disrepair after its previous owner discontinued regular maintenance, and the building closed. 

Mosaic signed a fifteen-year lease with the new owner, who purchase the Rialto in 2015. After completing initial renovations and receiving a permit from the city, Mosaic started hosting services in the auditorium late last year.

A look back at Historic South Pasadena theater

The Rialto reportedly opened with the premiere of Universal Pictures movie, "Whatever Happened to Jones?" The theater contained a house organ for use in silent films. A few years later, the Rialto transitioned to showing films with sound. 

The historic theater also hosted vaudeville acts in the 1930w, and it still has a fly-gallery, dressing rooms, and a green room. 

In 1978, the Rialto was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Star News reported that the last movie shown before it closed as "The Simpsons Movie" in 2007. The Rialto was proclaimed one of the last single-screen movie theaters in Southern California.

According to a Pasadena Star News article, the Rialto Theatre was often considered an oddity for blending Spanish and Egyptian revival styles. 

The Rialto: Plans for the future

Mosaic's new place of worship has been popular, with the number of attendees steadily growing. But Mosaic has larger goals, such as turning the Rialto into an attraction that draws both locals and tourists -- not just churchgoers. 

Mosaic hired Architectural Resources Group of Pasadena, which wrote a plan for restoration and presented it to the city's Cultural Heritage Commission. The group reported the Rialto's auditorium was mostly intact, with seating for about 1,150 people.

According to the Star News article, plans are in the works to restore and fill two side-spaces attached to the building. They would be opened to the public seven days a week. One space could potentially become a high-end restaurant, and the other a cafe selling coffee and baked goods. 

The historic South Pasadena theater isn't likely to show many movies, except on special occasions, but it's already showing signs of new life under Mosaic's leadership. 

Posted in Blog
April 12, 2018

Pasadena CA dining showcased with Restaurant Week

Pasadena CA dining is steadily being recognized for its draw in Southern California. named Pasadena the best mid-sized city for dining in the country. And year by year, Pasadena introduces new residents and tourists to its dining options with Pasadena Restaurant Week.

The event, which returns May 6-10, features a selection of restaurants, from old favorites to newly opened eateries, for Southern California diners to try. If you haven’t fully explored Pasadena CA dining, it’s a great opportunity to sample many cuisines at a bargain.

Participating restaurants offer fixed price menus and deals for visitors.

The Mixx is one Pasadena CA dining establishing that will participate in Restaurant Week. 

Pictured above: The Mixx, a restaurant that will participate in the event.

Events that showcase Pasadena CA dining, drinks

Pasadena Restaurant Week is in its eighth year. Each year it grows stronger, adding restaurants to its docket and drawing Southern California diners to its chefs.

In addition to the Restaurant Week success, Pasadena has added on a Cheeseburger Week event in January, and a SIP-Tember Bracket Challenge that takes place in August and September. SIP-Tember focuses on cocktails made by Pasadena establishments, and the four finalist cocktails compete for the title of Pasadena’s Favorite Cocktail at the Taste of Pasadena event at the Rose Bowl.


Bistro 45 is among restaurants participating in the event. Above is a photo of one of their meals.

Pictured above: A dish made at Bistro 45.


Pasadena Restaurant Week: What to expect

This year’s Restaurant Week will include some old favorites, such as Bistro 45, Sushi Roku, Arroyo Chop House, Green Street Tavern, POP Champagne bar and Restaurant, Parkway Grill, and more. Newly opened eateries The Great Maple, The Stand, and Crackin’ Kitchen also join the lineup.

See a full listing of participating restaurants (updated as restaurants sign on).

During Pasadena Restauarant Week, eateries will offer fixed price dinner and/or lunch menu items. Dinners will be three courses, while lunch will be two. Pricing depends on the venue and menu offered. Meals may rance in price from $27 to $45 for dinner, or $15 to $25 for lunch. The fixed prices do not include alcoholic beverages, gratuity, or taxe unless specified by the restaurant.

To make Restaurant Week a little easier to navigate, you can download the Pasadena Restaurant Week app for iPhone or Android from your phone’s app store. The app will provide the info you need on restaurants, cuisine, pricing and menus.

Sample Pasadena CA dining during Restaurant Week and discover your new favorite!

Posted in Blog
March 2, 2018

Staging and selling Pasadena lofts


When it comes to staging and selling Pasadena lofts, a great success story is the recent sale of a unit in the Cinema Lofts Building. I listed a one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit of 550 square feet  -- and sold it for the highest price in the building: $480,000.


Some of the credit for that sale goes to the professional staging work on the loft done by Allison Voors.



Staging and selling Pasadena lofts

As you can see from the photos, it was beautifully presented. Allison achieved the perfect balance between clean and lived-in. You want potential buyers to picture living in the home, without turning them off with clutter, loud styles or personal effects. In this case, Allison created a sophisticated, tasteful look that showcased the condo’s potential.


Allison's staging work complements the unit’s wood floors and open floor plan, bringing to life an intimate space that still allows for entertaining in comfort. The loft had plenty of features that appealed to buyers on all their own:  modern kitchen cabinets and stainless steel appliances, an oversized bathroom with a beautiful finish, and a private balcony with a nice city view. Staging should highlight these features without overpowering them.


The Cinema Lofts Building

Cinema Lofts is an exclusive gated community made up of 37 loft-style residences, complete with private garage, private patios/balconies and large windows.


Standing in the heart of Pasadena, the Cinema Lofts Building is a good choice for people who enjoy a more urban lifestyle. The four-story building is just a few blocks from Old Town Pasadena and Paseo Mall. Shops, restaurants and public transportation are  all within walking distance. For residents who own vehicles, the loft building offers a private garage with security gate, as well as guest parking.



If you’d like to talk about staging and selling Pasadena lofts or other real estate in the area, contact me today!


Posted in Blog
July 31, 2017

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