Fox Theatre

2215 Broadway,
Redwood City, CA 94063

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 6, 2008 at 5:25 pm

From the San Mateo County Historical Photos website:

On June 22, 1950, the plaster ceiling above the balcony of the Sequoia Theatre collapsed during the show, injuring 30 people.

The theatre was repaired and reopened as the Fox Theatre on September 15, 1950.

Several other photos of the Fox can be seen in the Redwood City Library section of the website.

larrygoldsmith on April 27, 2008 at 2:50 pm

Does anyone remember the Redwood Theatre located on California Ave. (bordered by El Camino)?? It later became Bank of America, later Andersons TV/Video store. It was owned and operated by Fox West Coast Theatres. It closed around 1953. Anyone with any history/info would sure be appreciated.

larrygoldsmith on April 12, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Those draperies were like that 20 years ago, but what you describe, (which is probably true) could have been left in place as they were. No one could see the “filth” from above the stage area.If they found the draperies “crumbling”, they should have left them alone. Even through the 60’s to mid 70’s (Still owned by Fox/National General Theatres,during this period) The theatre was even more beautiful than it is today. A total remodel was done in the very early 50’s,due to auditorium ceiling caving in due to vibration of trains. The Skouras style was then done. The company maintained everything very well through the years.

GaryParks on April 11, 2008 at 3:59 pm

I have met the owner of the Fox, and what he has done with the place is nothing short of amazing. I asked him about the drapes and their removal. He said he would have liked to kave kept them, but they were not only filthy, but so water and nicotine damaged that they crumbled when handled.

The box office was removed circa 1986 by previous owners. It was still extant in 1985 when I first saw the Fox, which was running porn at the time.

larrygoldsmith on January 27, 2008 at 9:25 am

I noticed with all the remodeling done, the powers to be removed all the sweeping, beautiful and colorful drapery around the stage area. What a shame. It appears the once beautiful auditorium at the Fox Redwood now looks like a plain plaster/cement shell. Looks very cold. Also noticed that beautiful teal colored drapery was removed from archway at mezzanine entrance. This was all part of the history and beauty of the Fox. WHERE’S THE BOXOFFICE????? L. Goldsmith

William on March 28, 2006 at 2:11 pm

The remodeling that took place in the 1950s, the reopening date was September 15th 1950.

GaryParks on November 27, 2004 at 2:27 pm

A new Century megaplex and retail complex is under construction on the same side of Broadway on the next block. There will be a big vertical sign and marquee. Together with the Fox marquee less than a block away, this will give Downtown Redwood City quite a nice “Theatre Row” look. Now, if the Fox would just get the ornamental neon back on its marquee, it would be perfect. The existing flashing FOX letters are still there, thank goodness. I know it’s very expensive to do, but I hope the Fox marquee will one day get all of its neon back. Nevertheless, kudos for the hardworking folks who keep the Fox alive, and the patrons who support it.

JimRankin on May 25, 2004 at 5:31 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)

sbonner on November 19, 2001 at 9:23 am

What is playing December 12th and how do I get tickets.

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