I never saw a movie at the Pacific Theatre at Hastings Ranch. Always meant to, but didn't get around to it. Now the place is closed. I don't know how long this whale of a building has been empty—a year at least, maybe more.
I found these old reviews of the place on Yelp.com. They give an idea of what the waning days must have been like at this particular branch of the Pacific Theatres empire. Sounds like an odd but interesting place. Even had a giant screen.
This is the top of the back stairway. I picture a hapless, minimum-wage teenager leaning against the rail on a summer night, a few years back. He's just taken out the trash and he's sneaking a cigarette. He stamps it out with his Converse All-Star high-top, kicks the butt away from the railing and slinks back inside.
Was that you? If you have a Pacific Theatre Hastings Ranch story, we'd love to hear it here in the comments section.
My first job was in a movie theatre. But don't get me started.
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