Pauley Pavilion, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

The Pauley Pavilion is an arena located on the campus of UCLA in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, CA.  It was named after donor Regent Edwin W. Pauley, opening its doors in 1965. The University uses the arena primarily for UCLA-related sports events, although it has played host to performing artists from Bob Hope to Bob Dylan.  As you can see, the arena is currently undergoing a renovation, hence the fence.  Luckily I did find out that the building was undergoing this renovation before I visited the site, otherwise I would have thought it set to be demolished, too! I have come to find out that fences around old buildings are usually not a good sign.   The renovation is set to be completed in the fall of 2012.  The Grateful Dead played their last date here in June 1980, but mostly played the arena in the early and late 70s.  Except for a small opening where the stairs are located, the entire arena is fenced in, so it was difficult to get a good picture.  I had to stand on a nearby bench to get the first one!  You can see more of the structure in the second picture.  Note how the stairs are reflected in the structure of the building.  I assume that this was intentional, but if not, a happy accident.  The Pauley is a contemporary of the Spectrum in Philadelphia.  It is sad that the city fathers did not take the same path as UCLA and consider renovation, rather than demolition.  If you are in the Westwood section of LA, the Pauley is relatively easy to find, just walk past the UCLA medical center and head west into the campus.  It is an interesting contemporary structure, I look forward to see what the renovation brings in the fall.   It is also near many of the great theaters of old Hollywood, like the Fox Theater, where Gone With the Wind was premiered.  One can picture Jerry sneaking out between sets to take in a classic flick.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Corry
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 01:44:38

    This is a very interesting blog. The photographs really set it apart.

    There was supposed to be an Acid Test at Pauley Pavilion in March of 1966, but the UCLA Administration got cold feet (or good sense) at the last second, and the event was moved. The details are all in Electric Kool Aid Acid Test.

    If Lew Alcindor had gotten on the bus, who knows what would have happened?


    • grosvenorsquare
      Mar 02, 2011 @ 16:02:33

      Thanks Corry! I am glad that you like the photographs, I hoped that folks would find them to be a helpful addition to the discussion. It has been fun taking them! I will check out the reference to the Pauley in the Acid Test, I did not know about this, thanks!

      I checked out your blog as well, a great idea! Love the old posters, they really do give you an idea of what the lost shows were like, a really interesting connection.


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