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    Pacific Theatre Renamed Janet Leigh Theatre

    Apr 27, 2010

    The Pacific Theatre has been renamed the "Janet Leigh Theatre."A new marquee has been installed over the theatre entrance.

    Interior Sign for the Janet Leigh TheatreThe change was made to reflect the wishes of Leigh, a Pacific student from 1943 - 1946 who was awarded an honorary doctorate from Pacific in 2004. Leigh, the star of classic Hollywood films such as Psycho and The Manchurian Candidate, made the request during her visit to campus when she received the doctorate. Leigh passed away later that year.

    The renaming of the theater coincides with a remodeling of the interior. Besides new carpet and other improvements, the lobby area will display a collection of movie cards, posters, awards and photographs from Leigh's life. The project was spurred to action by Leigh's life-long friend Marian Jacobs and former Regent, Joan Cortopassi, both strong supporters of Pacific. The renovations were paid for with a gift from the trust of Robert Brandt, Leigh's widower. The project is scheduled to be completed by May 1.

    The Pacific Theatre is the only movie theater in San Joaquin County that shows independent films. It also shows foreign films and Hollywood blockbusters. It boasts a digital surround sound system and a 20 ft. screen and a computerized system that allows the facility to be used for both film screenings and classroom and academic use during the day. The Theatre seats 181. Pacific students can always get into a movie for free there, while faculty and staff receive a discount. Members of the public also are allowed to see films in the theater.

    A formal dedication ceremony will take place at the theater at 4:30 p.m. June 25. The entire Pacific community is invited.