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Fox Theatres

Over the years, Fox Theatres have been well known for their spacious lobbies, fantastic architecture, and large screens. But like just about everything else from the mid-century, Fox theaters have superceded by modern tastes and whims. In this case, the multiplex has taken over the theater landscape, and many of the old Fox theaters are now either churches, lightly-attended entertainment houses, or demolished altogether.


Mann Village
Westwood, CA
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The Fox Village in Westwood Village near the UCLA campus still shows first run movies to large crowds. A classic single-screener, the Village is sometimes visited by actors/actresses attending their opening premiere.



Fox Theatre
Banning, CA
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The Fox Theatre in Banning is a classic small movie house. The neon still looks spectacular at night.



Fox Theatre
Bakersfield, CA
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The Fox Theatre in Bakersfield exhibits the familiar architecture of its lineage, including clock tower and circular front facade. This theater is still in great shape externally from the looks of things.

The Fox Bakersfield opened on Christmas Day in 1930 and featured both talk movies and live performances. The theatre closed don in 1977 and for the most part stayed that way until 1994 when the Fox Theater Foundation saved it from demolition. More information can be found at the Fox Theatre Bakersfield website.



Fox Theatre
Covina, CA
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The Fox Theatre of Covina was once one of the central points of new blockbuster hits in the San Gabriel Valley. But alas, the standing room only crowds dwindled and by the late 80's, the Fox Covina became better known as a good place to throw popcorn at empty seats. This theater began showing Indian movies in the early 90's, but its recent status is closed and fate unknown.


UPDATE 01/11 : The Fox Theatre was demolished several years ago from its location on Azusa Avenue in Covina. An empty dirt lot remains where the theatres once stood. 01-11



Fox Oakland
Oakland, CA
Photo courtesy Kallisti

Here's a shot of the outside marquee of the Fox Oakland Theatre. The good news is the marquee was lit up for the first time in years recently. Hopefully we'll see this theatre up and running again someday like it did in its heyday.



Fox California Theatre
Salinas, CA
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The Fox California name was quite popular among theaters. Check out the Fox California Theatre, this one located in downtown Salinas, CA. Originally opening in the early 1920's, the Fox theatre has been closed for quite some time. Not sure what the fate is of this old treasure.











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