Effort to save old theater is long, uphill battle

posted by Michael Zoldessy on February 22, 2008 at 5:50 am

FULLERTON, CA — Years into to the fight to save the Fox Fullerton, the theatre is still in need.

More than three years after Fullerton residents raised $3.5 million to save the Fox Theatre from the wrecking ball, the 82-year-old structure remains in peril.

Despite the efforts of preservationists, the one-time vaudeville theater and movie house stands in contrast to the urban hipness that has swept downtown Fullerton, now brimming with upscale restaurants, jazz clubs and a lively street scene.

Approximately $9 million in grants, interest-free loans and community donations have been earmarked for restoring the landmark building, but the non-profit group that took over the project remains $17 million short of its goal.

Get the full story in the Arizona Republic.

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