Fox Fullerton Theatre

512 N. Harbor Boulevard,
Fullerton, CA 92832

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daddy59 on June 7, 2005 at 11:17 pm

Thank You All the fox closed escrow late January 2005 sorry its taken so long to let you know but I as a volunteer have been busy pulling weeds,painting and removing debris since escrow closed as well as all the other numerous volunteers, It will take time blood sweat and tears but She will one day soon be the bgeautiful theater she once was donations are still being accepted towards restoration
much of the cleanup work is by volunteer Thanks to all for prayers and past donations to savethe Fox

JakeM on March 16, 2005 at 6:46 pm

I stopped by the Save the Fox office a couple weeks ago. There were 3 or 4 volunteers there, all very friendly, with several conceptual drawings, vintage photos, and other info about the theatre. If you are in the area, you should drop by the office and say hi, I’m sure they’d appreciate it. I forget the exact address, but it’s on commonweath just west of Harbor on the north side of the street.

N2BUDZ on March 16, 2005 at 6:08 pm

I grew up in Fullerton in the mid 60’s through the 70’s and I loved going into the Fox Fullerton Theater to enjoy their matinees. There was one movie that stuck in my mind for years. It was called “Sudden Terror” aka ‘Eyewitness’. It came out in 1970 and was rated GP not PG as we know it today!!

The movie was very dramatic and scary! I was able to find this movie, which was no easy task! and now I have it on v.h.s.

Fox always had the double feature matinees and the movie that followed ‘Sudden Terror’ was called ‘Cat O’ Nine Tails'

thomasl on February 7, 2005 at 9:05 am

I drove down to Fullerton yesterday to see and photograph the Fox Fullerton Theater. This Spanish-style classic is located right in the heart of a classic suburban downtown in a town that has had the forsight to preserve it’s heritage—this is perhaps the handsomest downtown area in Southern California. While the front of the Fox is boarded up, and there is paint peeling off the walls, there is wonderful news on the marquee—one of the great movie palaces of Southern California has indeed been saved by concerned citizens, and is scheduled to be completely refurbished. If only we had more happy endings like this!

retrocool on December 14, 2004 at 6:50 pm

I just read in the paper a few weeks ago that the Fox has been saved. I have only seen this theatre from the outside. It looks like very cool. Good job on raising the funds for restoration.

AlfredWillis on October 22, 2004 at 10:54 am

Known originally as the Alician Court, the Fox
Fullerton is the most intact of a mere handful of
surviving American “courtyard theaters,” which
featured an open forecourt in lieu of an enclosed
lobby. Its architects of record were Meyer &
Holler, the same firm that designed and built the
Egyptian Theater (1923) and the Grauman’s Chinese
Theater (1927) in Hollywood. Built in 1925, it is a
crucial link in the design history of the courtyard
theater as a building sub-type.

Its actual designer was architect Raymond M.
Kennedy, a 1916 graduate of Cornell University and
winner of the Rome Prize. At the American Academy
in Rome he formed a lifelong friendship with Phillip
T. Schutze, the well known Atlanta classicist with
whose manner Kennedy’s shows much affinity.

The Alician Court (Fox Fullerton) possesses in its
auditorium Kennedy’s largest surviving interior. I
am fortunate to have been able recently to inspect
it first-hand. The design of this interior evokes
the Mannerist architecture of northern Italy, which
was the style most admired by the architect and the
one he had the most skill in imitating. It ranks
among Kennedy’s two or three best interiors at any
scale. It is remarkable for being a work of genuine
architecture and not merely decoration, as most
American theaters of the 1920s were. Its completely
intact proscenium is, architecturally, one of the
finest in California.

The Fox Fullerton is not only one of the most
architecturally significant buildings in Orange
County; it possesses statewide
significance for California. Although little known
and poorly documented, it has some national
significance as the most intact survivor of a rare
building sub-type and as an example of the best work
of one of the most talented early twentieth-century
American architects.

MagicLantern on September 20, 2004 at 3:11 pm

A long time ago, in a Cinematreasures board far far away, someone wrote: “bpeterson > May 3, 2003 12:15 AM EDT
My dad was the theatre manager from the late 1950s to very early 1970s. There were two restorations: one in the late 1950s and then the late sixties. The murals were intact after the first restoration. I don’t know exactly when the murals were painted over, but I believe it was after my dad retired. I remeber coming back from the service and saw "Star Wars” there; that’s when I noticed the murals painted out."

FoxFullertonTheatre on June 13, 2004 at 10:41 pm


With all due respect to Mr. Rankin and his excellent description of “Skourasizing”, I must point out that this theatre was NOT Skourasized. We are one of the few southern California theatres left that did NOT have its proscenium gutted; all the quaintness and charm of the original auditrium is still intact, except for the auditorium murals, and our town is well-known for its historic mural restorations. The modernization for this theatre was accomplished by swathes of drapery and a large scaffolding unit built in FRONT of the proscenium which actually, fortunately, protected the proscenium all these years. While the auditorium murals weren’t painted over until the 70’s, the Beckman murals on the balcony lobby are still completely intact.

We are in a race against time to save this wonderful building! We have formed a nonprofit to bring the theatre back as a center for alternative film, concerts, plays, and special events.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP, the best way is to make a pledge that would only be “exercised” if we raise sufficient funds to purchase the building. We are over halfway to our goal of $3.5 million, but we must raise the rest by November of 2004 if we are to save it from the wrecking ball.

We would be happy to answer any questions you have, at:

(714) 607-0884

JimRankin on May 25, 2004 at 6:03 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.
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:
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)

prpl72 on March 5, 2004 at 11:20 am

The Fox Theatre was an amazing place to be for a kid from the barrio. I use to go there all the time with friends and watch some pretty awesome movies. This is where I first saw E.T. and where I was horrified (in a good way) by Terror In The Aisles. The best part was being able to sit upstairs in the balcony and feel like royalty with the best seats in town. It’s about time the Fox gets some attention. It was a great theatre then and it could still be a fabulous one now. SAVE THE FOX!!!

Gregg on February 8, 2004 at 3:38 pm

The Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation is racing against time to save purchase this theatre.
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AlfredWillis on November 21, 2002 at 11:03 am

Meyer & Holler were the architects and builders of record for this structure. However, the design can be attributed more precisely to their employee, Raymond McC. Kennedy. Kennedy was probably the best educated architect working in southern California in the 1920s. A man of immense talent, he was superbly accomplished designer in the Italian Mannerist revival style. The Fox Fullerton is the last remaining theatre designed by Kennedy in that style, which is marked by dramatic silhouettes, striking juxtapositions of form, and bold sculptural details. This fact makes the Fox Fullerton a rare treasure indeed.

Dejael on November 18, 2002 at 6:35 pm

I have many fond memories of going to this theater in the early 1970s when I lived in Orange County. It was an art-house theater then and I saw many first-run art films like “Pink Floyd at Pompeii” and “Zabriskie Point” there and sci-fi double features. I used to hang out with the projectionist, Gordon Cardoza, in the projection room while the films were running after I had seen them. We used to talk, eat and sleep movies and rock music back then. Gordon was a really cool and knowledgeable hippie dude who just happened to live in Yorba Linda right next door to rock star Jackson Browne!

BHousos on March 6, 2002 at 6:55 pm


DwightRichardOdle on March 6, 2002 at 4:29 pm

March 2002: Theatre now in possible purchase mode by development company. Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation formed to find ways to restore and reactivate this architectural treasure designed and built by Meyer and Hollar of Graumann’s Chinese and Egyptian Theatres fame.

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