Pasadena in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Victor Jory Bell
The Victor Jory Bell was given to the Pasadena Playhouse in the mid 1930's by actor Victor Jory, who had begun his extensive career of stage, film, radio, and TV under the tutelage of Gilmor Brown some 15 years earlier. The bell was installed in the patio with a hand lettered plaque indicating it was to be rung before curtain up and at intermission's end "to remind the tardy theatregoers that the play was about to begin."
The bell rang out until the theatre closed in 1969, at which time a group of trustees purchased it along with other vital memorabilia.
With the reopening of the Pasadena Playhouse in 1986 many items were returned to the newly restored building. The bell, however, was missing.
In 1996, spurred by Victor Jory's children, a new effort to locate the bell found it safely stored in the basement of the Pasadena Historical Museum.
Cooperative efforts of the museum, the Pasadena Playhouse, and the Pasadena Playhouse Alumni & Associates have brought the Victor Jory Bell home. Once again it takes on the job of bringing patrons inside the theatre on time.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1969.
Location. 34° 8.703′ N, 118° 8.231′ W. Marker is in Pasadena, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on El Molino Avenue south of Colorado Boulevard, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 39 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena CA 91101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pasadena Playhouse (here, next to this marker); Pasadena Playhouse College of Theatre Arts (a few steps from this marker); Pacific Asia Museum (approx. ¼ mile away); Pasadena City Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pasadena Post Office (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pasadena Robinson Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Tournament of Roses History Walk (approx. half a mile away); Pasadena Memorial for Fallen Officers (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pasadena.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 29, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.