Learn About Hollywood’s Long Love Affair With Pasadena

Published on Sep 19, 2021

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land (2016) (Photo by Dale Robinette/Summit Entertainment)

Patty Judy, Education Director of Pasadena Heritage, will be guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Pasadena’s weekly meeting Wednesday, September 22. She will be speaking about “Pasadena In The Movies,” the long history of filming in Pasadena.

The meeting begins at 12 noon and is open to the public. You can choose to attend in person, or via Zoom.

Pasadena’s history with film started over 100 years ago, after Thomas Edison hired James White, an at the Edison Manufacturing Company, to go on a 10-month tour around the world and produce short non-fiction projects; Edison called them “actualities.”

White stopped in Pasadena in 1898 and filmed two pieces about the Rose Parade: “Parade of Coaches” and “Procession of Floats.” From then on, Pasadena has been a popular filming spot for Hollywood movies and TV shows, filmed at some of the historic structures and elegant private homes that are abundant in the City.

In her presentation, Judy will take a look at those buildings and mention some of the movies and shows that were filmed at their locations.

Judy has been Education Director at Pasadena Heritage since 2009. Before that, she and her husband, Juan dela Cruz, have been active volunteers especially for the annual Craftsman Weekend.

Judy has a BA degree in Music from Culver-Stockton College in Missouri and a Master’s Degree in Religious Education from Claremont School of Theology.  Before coming to work for Pasadena Heritage, she was a teacher and school administrator for 14 years.

At Pasadena Heritage, Judy has been the architect of all of the educational programs including tours, lectures, and the national conference now called “Preservation Pasadena: Craftsman to Modern,” which used to be known as Craftsman Weekend. She has researched hundreds of Pasadena homes, trained scores of volunteers, and collaborated with many other organizations and institutions to bring outstanding public programs to realization.

To attend the meeting in person, please RSVP by emailing office@pasadenarotary.com or calling (626) 683-8243. Lunch is $35.

At this time, only members or guests with proof of vaccination or proof of COVID-19 negative test within 48 hours of the noon meeting may attend.  In accordance with the Pasadena Public Health Department, masks are required for all individuals, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, except when actively eating or drinking.

To attend via Zoom, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84583324183?pwd=R3p1bEtTWHp4R0FjLy82VlFKR0x3Zz09 at 12:15 p.m. The meeting ID is 845 8332 4183 and the pass code is 073016.

For more information, visit www.pasadenarotary.com.

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