Fox Theater

2001 H Street,
Bakersfield, CA 93301

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 21, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Great photos,very nice looking theatre.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on May 30, 2009 at 9:46 am

Dear Chuck et al.,

Thank you for your comments and your support of Lost Memory’s considerable contributions. We are working hard to ensure that Cinema Treasures remains a community free for everyone to contribute and devoid, as much as possible, of rancor and personal attacks. We administer nearly 25,000 theater pages each day so it’s impossible to supervise everything.

I would encourage you to read this blog post, and subsequent comments, at Metsblog.com to see what everyone who runs this kind of site goes through in a given year. I’m glad to say that we have remained a vehicle for free speech, but it can be trying to balance that ideal with the practicalities of running this kind of site.

As for Cinema Treasures, I don’t think that it’s “not like it used to be,” but I would be happy to speak with anyone via email who would like to offer advice for how to improve for the future.

When I think back to the “old days” of this site—we are now nine years old—I think of an era when there were no comments and updates to the site took days, not hours. As we’ve grown, we’ve become less of a small community and more of a traditional, large site, but we’re still communicating and that’s a good thing. I do miss some people, though, and few more than Jim Rankin, one of our greatest friends, critics, and champions.

I also thank all of you, like Chuck, Patsy, Warren, and Lost Memory, and the many, many others who have supported us over the years.

Ross Melnick
Cinema Treasures

Patsy
Patsy on May 29, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Chuck: I totally agree!

GeorgeTobor
GeorgeTobor on May 29, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Indeed. What is the point of attacking a fellow member that contributes so many interesting and informative messages that enlighten, entertain and educate the majority of other members? Many photographs are snapshots in time. Photographs can bring back fond memories of a particular theatre. Insulting messages benefit no one. Let us share knowledge and not insults.
George

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on May 29, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I would like to reiterate what an important contribution Lost Memory has made to this website and ask you, Warren, to stop criticizing these kinds of posts. These links are being provided for the benefit of all CT users.

What is the benefit of your attacks?

Patsy
Patsy on May 29, 2009 at 11:08 am

Absolutely! The contributions and dedication that Lost Memory devotes to Cinema Treasures is a treasure and one that we all should appreciate. It isn’t about numbers, but devotion to a wonderful cinema site that I am truly pleased I found despite the occasional out of line posted comment. Let’s all read and remember the comment policy stated for all CT members and stop the personal attacks NOW or we risk the chance of losing this fabulous and informative site which has and continues for the most part to be productive!

paullewis
paullewis on May 26, 2009 at 9:53 am

I agree with Chuck 1231, keep ‘em coming Lost Memory, your contributions are much appreciated!!

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on July 24, 2008 at 8:59 pm

Ken Mc Just saw your photos dated 9/07, and they are great!! The photo of the candy counter was priceless! The style of that is so similar to the candy counter at the Fox-Redwood City, Ca. The backshelves were identical, along with those classic Pepsi/Bireleys drink machines. Brought back wonderful memories of my old FOX days!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 27, 2007 at 2:12 pm

Sure. Glad you enjoyed them.

davidreed
davidreed on September 27, 2007 at 10:41 am

Ken Those photos are exceptional!!! I was invoved with the theaters restoration and we have, what I thought ,was a great collection of photos taken of the Theater opening day Dec. 25, 1930. But these were interesting to see the theater as it looked in the 40’s. The Theater has kept its 1953 makeover and the unexpected photo of the concession counter was like striking gold! I wish we would have seen it when we restored the counter back to its 50’s splender.We used rcollections from staff and patrons to reconstruct the look and seeing the photo I think we did pretty well! Thanks again for sharing those images.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 26, 2007 at 4:25 pm

It pays to check the LAPL site once in a while as they have an ongoing project re adding new photos to the site. The funny thing was when I was in the stacks downtown last month almost all the photos in the stacks concerning Los Angeles history had already been posted on the website. They are thorough.

William
William on September 26, 2007 at 3:31 pm

In early 1953 the Fox theatre got the Skouras style make-over. It reopened to the public on May 1st. 1953. In ken mc’s last post can see the pre-makeover of how the theatre looked like.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 26, 2007 at 3:03 pm

This is a 1953 photo from the LA Library collection:
http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics41/00070072.jpg

BobHarlow
BobHarlow on February 17, 2007 at 6:00 am

Lived in Bakersfield in the early to late ‘70’s. By that time
the Fox was not in the best of shape. Still,it was fun to go to movies there. Remember seeing “The Sting” and “Chinatown” and many
Disney films.

William
William on March 29, 2006 at 1:09 pm

The Fox Bakerfield Theatre was given it’s Skouras make-over early in 1953. The theatre reopened on May 1st. 1953 to the public.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 6, 2005 at 7:50 am

There was a theater in Tehachapi called the Beekay Theater. The theater was damaged in an earthquake in 1952. At first I thought that Beekay stood for Bakersfield, but as I recall, the two cities are some distance apart:

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JimRankin
JimRankin on May 25, 2004 at 5:35 am

This theatre is one of some 200 that could be described as “Skouras-ized For Showmanship” which is the title of the ANNUAL of 1987 of the Theatre Historical Soc. of America. In the late 1930s through the 1950s, there occurred on the west coast of the United States a phenomenon known as the ‘Skouras style’ in recognition of the oversight of the Skouras brothers in their management of several cinema chains. They employed a designer by the name of Carl G. Moeller to render their cinemas/theatres in a new style best described as ‘Art Moderne meets Streamlined.’ The then new availability of aluminum sheeting at low cost was the principal material difference to this style allowing for sweeping, 3-dimensional shapes of scrolls to adorn walls and facades in an expression that would have been much more expensive and not at all the same in plaster. With the use of hand tinted and etched aluminum forms, the designers could make ornaments in mass production that allowed much greater economies of scale. The ANNUAL also show in its 44 pages how some 20 theatres were good examples of this combining of aluminum forms with sweeping draperies heavily hung with large tassels, and with box offices and facades richly treated with neon within the aluminum forms. Few of these examples survive today, but it was a glorious era while it lasted, and this collection of crisp b/w photos is a fitting epitaph by the late Preston Kaufmann.
PHOTOS AVAILABLE:
To obtain any available Back Issue of either “Marquee” or of its ANNUALS, simply go to the web site of the THEATRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA at:
www.HistoricTheatres.org
and notice on their first page the link “PUBLICATIONS: Back Issues List” and click on that and you will be taken to their listing where they also give ordering details. The “Marquee” magazine is 8-1/2x11 inches tall (‘portrait’) format, and the ANNUALS are also soft cover in the same size, but in the long (‘landscape’) format, and are anywhere from 26 to 44 pages. Should they indicate that a publication is Out Of Print, then it may still be possible to view it via Inter-Library Loan where you go to the librarian at any public or school library and ask them to locate which library has the item by using the Union List of Serials, and your library can then ask the other library to lend it to them for you to read or photocopy. [Photocopies of most THSA publications are available from University Microforms International (UMI), but their prices are exorbitant.]

Note: Most any photo in any of their publications may be had in large size by purchase; see their ARCHIVE link. You should realize that there was no color still photography in the 1920s, so few theatres were seen in color at that time except by means of hand tinted renderings or post cards, thus all the antique photos from the Society will be in black and white, but it is quite possible that the Society has later color images available; it is best to inquire of them.

Should you not be able to contact them via their web site, you may also contact their Executive Director via E-mail at:
Or you may reach them via phone or snail mail at:
Theatre Historical Soc. of America
152 N. York, 2nd Floor York Theatre Bldg.
Elmhurst, ILL. 60126-2806 (they are about 15 miles west of Chicago)

Phone: 630-782-1800 or via FAX at: 630-782-1802 (Monday through Friday, 9AM—4PM, CT)

genordell
genordell on January 2, 2003 at 7:37 am

See their website at http://www.foxtheateronline.com/.

This is also where the Kern Film Festival is held each January.

tomdelay
tomdelay on September 26, 2002 at 9:32 pm

The Fox Bakersfield opened in 1930 or 31.

Photos of the original auditorium as designed by Lee show a magnificent atmospheric auditorium. Unfortunately, after the 1952 earthquakes, the auditorium was redone in the Skouras style. The Spanish-style “buildings” in front of the organ screens were demolished and draped. The rest of the auditorium decor in the Skouras style covered most of the earlier work by Lee. AS it has been since 1952, the theatre is a good example of a Skouras style.

keturah
keturah on March 21, 2002 at 4:32 pm

I live in Bellingham, WA and am doing research on a local historic theatre- the Mount Baker Theatre. I’m am trying to find other theatres built in the same time period. When was the Bakersfield Fox Theatre built? Please email me at .edu-thank you