Friends of Fox to host Pomona Fox re-opening
POMONA, CA — The towering icon of Downtown Pomona’s Fox Theater will illuminate the night sky once again, as Friends of the Pomona Fox, a non-profit organization, will present “Fox First Night!", a fundraiser to be one of the first events held in the theater since its redevelopment and revival into the 21st century. The dinner event will be held Saturday, April 18th, 2009, with an opening reception to kick-off the evening at 6:00PM.
The Pomona Fox Theater has stood for over 70 years in Pomona, and served as the top choice for Hollywood’s sneak preview screenings in the early 1930’s as well as a frequent remote radio talk show location for Bob Hope, Desi Arnaz and other celebrities. The current restoration allows for great entertainment and event possibilities, in which “Fox First Night!" anticipates to showcase in the event, amongst activities celebrating its restored grandeur.
Since its glory days, the Fox has suffered damage to significant historical architectural and structural elements. The wear of time, the havoc of dance raves, and its needs to meet modern occupational standards, has all contributed to the compromise of the theater’s original features, such as the concession counter built in 1938, row seating, chandeliers, fixtures, and classic murals. This is where Friends of the Pomona Fox is requesting the help of the community in the preservation and restoration of the authentic character of the Fox Theater. Its rich history applies not only to its immediate surrounding of the Pomona Valley, but also to the beginnings of the film industry in Hollywood.
“Fox First Night!" Sneak Preview Fundraiser presented by Friends of the Pomona Fox is currently accepting ticket sales, sponsorships and advertising for this special event. For more information or to purchase tickets and tables for the event, contact Friends of the Pomona Fox at (909) 753-7903, e-mail or visit www.pomonafox.org
Picture: Pomona Fox Theater Tower, Pomona, California,
Photo Credit: Eddie Gonzales
About Friends of the Fox
The Friends of the Pomona Fox Theater is a non-profit 501©3 organization dedicated to the historic preservation of the Fox and its role as a cornerstone of Pomonaâ€\s downtown.
The organization’s goals are to support the restoration of this National Historic Landmark Theater, help to acquire and reconstruct lost architectural details, appointments, and memorabilia, spearhead development of education & community-based programming, and working to identify and celebrate Pomona’s role in the history of the entertainment industry in California. Friends of the Pomona Fox was established in 2004.
(Thanks to lorenabuena for providing the photo of this model of the theatre.)