Friends of the Playhouse Restore Hidden Gem

PHOTO: courtesy of Pasadena Playhouse | South Pasadena News | The historic neon sign for Pasadena Playhouse was first created in 1935

As the beaches and trails are closed for your daily walk in the need to self-distance, now is the perfect time to take notice of some hidden gems as you get your exercise in your own neighborhood. Take a look at the corner of Colorado Blvd and El Molino Ave and find an historic example of neon art, recently restored by the Friends of the Playhouse.

The Pasadena Playhouse neon sign on the corner of Colorado Blvd and El Molino Ave. is the last remaining example of an historic neon sign in Playhouse Village.  It directs audiences and the community to the Playhouse and as such is a part of the neighborhood’s identity.

In 1935 this freestanding neon sign, on a metal pole, was placed on Green St.  When Green became a one-way street, it was set into the sidewalk on the east side of the Symes Cadillac building (now Jacob Maarse Florist). It was moved to its present location by the city in 1993, and is now on Route 66. The Friends of the Pasadena Playhouse, a volunteer corp that provides priceless support for the Playhouse, recently paid for some much-needed repairs to bring this historic sign into working order.

PHOTO: courtesy of Pasadena Playhouse | South Pasadena News | The historic neon sign for Pasadena Playhouse was first created in 1935

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