Fox Theatre

6508 Hollywood Boulevard,
Hollywood,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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GaryParks
GaryParks on April 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm

The previous Hollywood Fox was the one previously known as the Music Box, then—after being Fox, had its signage altered to read PIX, then became the Henry Fonda. So THAT would have been the theatre renamed Fox in 1955, whereas the Iris kept its name until the 1968 remodeling.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 14, 2012 at 10:05 am

I’d forgotten that kenmc already posted this comment three years ago, quoting from a 1968 Times article about the renaming of the Iris. It was December 20, 1968, when the house reopened as the Fox.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 14, 2012 at 9:48 am

The description currently says that the Iris was renamed the Fox in 1955. This house was still called the Iris at least as late as April, 1962. Here is a photo of the Iris with “2 Academy Award Winners” on the marquee, and the award winners are Two Women and The Hustler, both of which won Oscars in the ceremony held on April 9, 1962.

I can’t swear to it, but I think the remodeling/renaming took place in 1964. I do know that the tacky false front they slapped on the building when the theater was renamed was pure sixties.

Zeke
Zeke on October 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm

An Estey theater organ opus 1925 size 2/10 was installed in the Iris Theater in 1921. Note: Moved from Queen Theater Long Beach, California.

This note was posted in 2007. I have the 1955 Golden Jubilee Book from Immaculate Conception Church in Monrovia, CA. and in the section on the church choir it is stated “A much appreciated step was taken by Father John Moclair, then pastor, when in 1935 he purchased a fine organ from the Fox Hollywood Theatre.” They probably called it the Fox because it was 1955 when the theatre’s name was changed to Fox. Also in the Jubilee Book was an advertisement for Ed J. McDonald the “Builder of the Church Organ”. Mr. McDonald probably modified the organ from a theatre organ to a church organ. I used to play the organ in the 60’s and remember seeing unused relays for traps and a toy counter.

socal09
socal09 on April 6, 2010 at 9:35 am

Tinseltoes: The Playground club opened last year in this space. The lobby is now the Sweet Love Hangover diner.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on April 6, 2010 at 9:27 am

The last paragraph of the introduction needs to be updated. Summer 2009 has come and gone. We’ll soon be in summer 2010. Did the conversion take place or not?

hollywoodtheatres
hollywoodtheatres on April 6, 2010 at 1:59 am

DOCUMENTARY ON CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD CINEMAS – Lookn for interviewees, photos, videos of old hollywood

Hello,

I’m and independent filmmaker working on a documentary about old movie theatres in hollywood (Iris, Warner, Pacific, Hollywood, Vogue, Grauman’s Chinese, Egyptian etc..) that have had an impact on the hollywood community, both as a symbol of Hollywood as well as the historical and heritage effects it has had on “hollywood” as an industry. We are profiling theatres that are currently functioning as well as the obsolete. If you worked in these theatres back in the day (during their highlights) and have interesting stories to tell, photos to show, video to talk about I would like to hear from you. Many older movie houses are being demolished due to new developments and it is important to help future generation know and understand how these movie palaces have helped shaped the Hollywood we know today. If you have any photos or videos with personal stories you’d like to share, please contact me (323) 876-0975 – – You must owns the materials you are willing to share (taken the picture- recorded the videos, written the letters, etc…)

If you do have materials you’d like to send that may help in accurate information, you are welcome to send it to me.

Jorge Ameer
Classic Hollywood Cinemas
Box 3204
Hollywood, California 90028

William
William on January 14, 2010 at 10:11 am

Pine, The former Apollo Theatre show x rated around that time as the Star Theatre. The Apollo Theatre was located at 5544 Hollywood Blvd. just west of Western Avenue.

Pine
Pine on January 14, 2010 at 9:02 am

I remember an x rated theater on Hollywood Blvd close to Western Avenue, across from the St. Francis Hotel. This was back in the 1960’s. Was that the Pussycat? Not sure of the name. A middle aged woman worked as the cashier. She had a huge bouffant died hairdo, and heavy makeup. I was a teen and never walked on that side of the street, thinking it was tainted. When I walked past the St. Francis Hotel. I’d hear people talking to me as I passed their windows. My dad would send me to an Italian place behind a fast food fried chicken place to pick up a container of ravioli. We lived a few blocks west of there.

William
William on January 13, 2010 at 7:13 pm

The Laserium show at the Vine Theatre closed last month.

socal09
socal09 on January 13, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Monika: yes, I mixed up the Ivar and the Vine. The Vine is the one with the light show. I believe the Ivar was purchased by the Los Angeles Film School to use as part of their campus.

monika
monika on January 13, 2010 at 6:32 pm

In reference to socal09’s last post, the Vine is doing some sort of laser light show exhibition now as well as the Ivar. It was featured in a television commercial recently, though my memory is reluctant to provide what was being advertised.

William
William on January 13, 2010 at 6:20 pm

It should read Hollywood Blvd. area.

socal09
socal09 on January 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Yes, the old Pussycat sign is still on the top of the Ritz which is now a church (and slowly falling apart). The X is still there and has been abandoned for many years. The Las Palmas is now a nightclub and the Ivar is some kind of interactive digital experience venue now.

William
William on January 13, 2010 at 6:15 pm

I think Artie the Steamfitter might be thinking of the Ritz Theatre (former Pussycat) on the XXX type of films from the mid 80’s. During this time Mann Theatres operated this theatre and ran regular Hollywood feature films.
The X adult theatres on Hollywood Blvd. were:
The Ritz (Pussycat) Theatre
X-1&2 Theatre
Las Palma Theatre
Ivar Theatre

socal09
socal09 on January 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Every now and then, the gates are open and they are working on the inside of the Vogue. But there really hasn’t been much change in a while. The little I could see was that everything inside was being torn out probably for a nightclub or retail space.

(not sure why my previous comment posted 3 times, sorry C.T.)

William
William on January 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm

The sad thing about the Fox, Hollywood and the Vogue. Is the Vogue was the better of the three houses and it sits there on Hollywood Blvd. all banged up waiting.

socal09
socal09 on January 13, 2010 at 11:58 am

The marquee looks great lit up at night. Nice to see this building cleaned up even its days showing movies are long gone. Now can someone do something about the decrepit Vogue?

socal09
socal09 on January 13, 2010 at 11:58 am

The marquee looks great lit up at night. Nice to see this building cleaned up even its days showing movies are long gone. Now can someone do something about the decrepit Vogue?

socal09
socal09 on January 13, 2010 at 11:58 am

The marquee looks great lit up at night. Nice to see this building cleaned up even its days showing movies are long gone. Now can someone do something about the decrepit Vogue?

Pine
Pine on January 7, 2010 at 7:59 am

It looks different now. They closed it off, close to the sidewalk. The sidewalk looks narrower than what I remember. Beautiful photo though, and brings back memories. Thank you.

artpf
artpf on December 13, 2009 at 5:26 pm

I didn’t see any mention of this, but in the early 80’s this theater ran XXX features. I can still remember being a wide eyed college id in Hollywood for the first time passing the marque which advertised Ron Jeremy in The Marriage of Sulka – a M2F sex change gal!

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 4, 2009 at 9:31 pm

This theater was featured in a 1953 theater owners' documentary about the financial devastation wrought by the 20% federal tax, plus other encroachments on the box office, such as television.

The doc is called “The Case Against the 20% Federal Admission Tax on Motion Picture Theaters” and is a treasure trove of theaters operating but in imminent trouble, including long looks at their still-open theaters, marquees, etc., and interviews with the owners.

There are also plenty of shots of already-closed theaters; the writing was really on the wall already.

TCM ran this movie on 11/1/09 at about 6am and I stumbled upon it by accident; I don’t know when it will screen again but it is well worth seeking out.

DonSolosan
DonSolosan on September 15, 2009 at 12:23 am

And here I thought they put the trees up in front of Studs (the former Tomcat, the former Pussycat) on Santa Monica Blvd to block the marquee with its silly gay porn titles… It seems cities everywhere have something against theater marquees.

spectrum
spectrum on September 14, 2009 at 10:31 pm

The July 2009 photo shows the facade nicely cleaned up, but the trees are still there! Now open as the Playground Nightclub, an adult-oriented venue.