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The district meeting held in Oakland, where this occured, had every manager in the district attending, from San Jose, San Francisco, all the way to Sacto. There were a lot. Nobody liked submitting to the Polygraph, but knew that if they did'nt comply they would lose their job. It was a totally different time then. Large companies did things like that, and as an employee, you had no recourse but to go along with it. Nowdays, it would not fly. I still miss working for that company. It never got out of the bloodstream!
One of the last long time managers at the Fox was William McKintire.His nearly 30 year career ended with National General Theatres while he was there for refusing to do a Polygraph test at a district meeting.I became interim manager until a permanent one could be found. He was an outstanding man. Nobody knew theatre exhibition like he did. Strictly old school.
The district office for National General Theatres/later Mann Theatres was just upstairs in the office building of the Fox Warfield Building. The company did a lot of storefront leases on theatres and buildings they owned.
Please note the discriminatory message on the bottom of both playbills that were added above by Don Lewis. This playbill was from 1959.
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You’re right the photos have all been removed, what a shame. I do remember the one original photo of the Sequoia Theatre at 2114 Broadway, with about 100 people standing in front, and it’s now gone. There is still one photo of the Redwood Theatre posted on the Redwood Theatre site dated 7/6/09 by ken mc.
Unfortunately, all of the best ones are gone, even of the Fox Theatre.I spent many years in that theatre.
It would appear that their marquee is long over due for lighting and neon replacement.
It was my aunt who banked at the BofA at Broadway and Jefferson when she was at the FOX THEATRE at 2215 Broadway. The original SEQUOIA THEATRE was to the immediate left of that BofA and still stands. It seems it is now a bar/restaurant. BofA, after closing the Broadway/ Jefferson branch, for a time moved to the corner of Broadway and California Ave, just one block from the old REDWOOD THEATRE. The REDWOOD THEATRE was torn down to make way for another new BofA, which was later closed and converted to Andersons TV/Video. That’s when the current BofA opened it’s new branch on the corner of Jefferson and Marshall St. with the parking lot being where the original BofA was.
Yes, this is the same drive-in. Daly City/South City are just a little south of SF, or suburbs if you will. Geneva DI was adjacent to the Cow Palace. This area now is not very safe.
Day care on the main floor? Sounds great. Maybe they should have added a car care center on the un-used stage. At one time, this was a first run theatre only. This theatre over-played the Fox Warfield, downtown.
Horrible looking make-over. A theatre advertising ‘SNACKS/SANDWICHES’ on there exterior canopy is real tacky. This make-over occured AFTER MANN THEATRES sold it.
I crack up at those ‘trendy lifestyle centres’, Like they are immune to any closures. The little parks and gazebos seem to usually become ‘hangouts’ for some of the city’s finest. I know all about them.
I think you are probably correct.
I think it is referred to as REGAL-INDIAN LAKES THEATRE.Or more than likely as just INDIAN LAKES.
Good……………..Let them stay in Pakistan and Morocco. No one is objecting to the Muslims going to the movies.But I agree with Mike Rogers post that deals with a theatre conversion to Islamic Center:“That’s just we need”.
The present CREST marquee/neon work was part of the Skouras remodel done in very early 50’s. This was a Fox West Coast Theatre/National General Theatre.
Assuming you have AUTOMATICKET box office ticket machines, you can order direct to GLOBE TICKET CO.for threaded ticket machines. They will print them anyway you want.
That’s because they were usually older and very professional, even though they had a tight union. I never had any problems with the operators or union. California unions back then ran a tight ship, but were also willing to listen to management. Now everything is ran ship-shod.
You’re right, and they would not know a change-over cue or curtain cue if it splashed the entire screen. I never ran a booth, just managed. Lynn Adams was our regular projectionist when I was there.You could'nt have asked for better, he was tops.
The Fox Skyline was fully union,(including floor staff)until Mann Theatres leased it out to an independant in 1975. It went downhill from that time on, to the day it closed for good. It was a very nice theatre while operating under National General/Mann Theatres. And yes, we had Peerless Projection with carbon arc lamps.
What a great photo! Looks nothing like that now. Wells Fargo Bank/highrise takes up that entire block. Thanks for your posting!
William………… Many thanks! That was one busy theatre in the 60’s and 70’s. Believe it or not, there were times when it out-grossed the Fox Warfield.
Unable to find link to the Crest Theatre which was located right next door to the Warfield. Anybody know?
MikeRogers……‘Cause we lived it, not dreamed it’ How right you are. Unfortunatly, I have learned that there some of us who actually get theatre exhibition in “the blood”, but others, the majority of course, who had nothing more than a job that really means nothing to them. It seems their lives go in different directions and never really share the same feelings others do. People who I thought shared my “theatre feelings” usually change the subject whenever I bring up the good old theatre days. Very sad.
GREAT MARQUEE. LIGHTING DESIGN UNDER CANOPY MUST BE VERY UNIQUE WHEN LIT!!