The venue that hosted Elvis and the Ice Capades was demolished in 1992. For Alison Martino, the loss was personal
September 5, 2014 by Alison Martino
Photo: George Mann Estate
The 100,000-square-foot masterpiece was used as a sports arena, for political events, car shows, circuses, conventions, and concerts. Elvis Presley performed there at the height of his career, in October of 1957. The King of Rock ‘n Roll was so determined to win over his celebrity-studded audience that he played 19 songs in front of 9,000 lucky guests, and closed with an encore of “Hound Dog.”
Elvis Presley, DJ Fontana and Scotty Moore rock the Pan Pacific Auditorium 1957.
Elvis grabbing RCA’s Mascot Nipper around the neck with is left arm and lifted him to the floor while continuing to sing into the microphone.
“Queen for a Day” also broadcasted from the venue, and it once housed the largest ice rink in the world. The auditorium held the Ice Capades and the annual Motorama car show, where a futuristic looking car key was once given out as a souvenir. Pan-Pacific is also where Dwight Eisenhower spoke to an audience of 10,000 just one month before he was elected President of the United States
A massive crowd entering the Pan Pacific Auditorium to hear General Dwight D. Eisenhower speak to a crowd of 10000.