Fox Theatre

6508 Hollywood Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 7, 2009 at 2:40 pm

As this was a successful movie theatre from its 1918 opening, I think it likely that the Hollywood Lutherian Church could have used the original Idyl Hour/Iris Theatre on the other side of the Boulevard, which could have been sitting empty since closing in 1918, until its demolition in around 1927 when the Warner Theatre was built.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 25, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Joe: I have added the Idyl Hour Theatre and first Iris Theatre, and they now have their own seperate pages.

Pine
Pine on February 25, 2009 at 11:15 am

Thanks for all the info!!! I started working here summer of 1969. I didn’t know that it was renamed Fox, Dec 20, 1968. I recall National General, cause I received my paycheck from them.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Nobody has yet created Cinema Treasures pages for the Fox Theatre’s two predecessors (mentioned in Ken Roe’s comment of January 2, 2005, above), the 1911 Idyl Hour Theatre at 6265 Hollywood Boulevard, and the 1913 Iris Theatre at 6415 Hollywood Boulevard. Does somebody want to do that, or should I post them? Ken?

Incidentally, the 1915 Los Angeles City Directory lists the Iris Theatre at 6417 Hollywood Boulevard. I believe that lot was absorbed into the parcel on which the Warner Bros. Hollywood Theatre was built. Unless there was some shifting of addresses over the years, the original Iris might have been demolished then.

Also, though the Idyl Hour Theatre appears to have been the first movie house built on Hollywood Boulevard, it might not have been the first in the Hollywood district. The building in which the Ivy Theatre was operating in 1915, and which is now the location of the Chaplin Stage of the El Centro Theatre, was erected in 1910. So far I don’t know if this building was built as a theater, or if it was converted into a theater within a few years of its construction, but if it was built as a theater then the Idyl Hour was not Hollywood’s first movie house.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 24, 2009 at 11:43 am

Here is another LA Times excerpt dated 11/24/68:

National General Corp. has closed the Iris Theater om Hollywood for a $250,000 renovation project. The theater will be renamed the Fox and will reopen on December 20 with an exclusive run of “The Killing of Sister George”. The remodeling is part of an expansion program launched by Eugene V. Klein, president of the Los Angeles-based company.

The 650-seat house will be given a deluxe appearance, including a new facade, expanded lobby, marble walls, carpeting and comfortable bodiform chairs.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 22, 2008 at 7:37 pm

Here is part of an LA Times article dated 2/11/55:

Fox West Coast Theaters yesterday announced the gala opening of its newly remodeled Iris Theater in Hollywood for next Tuesday night after refurbishing at a cost of $100,000.

The first-run show house will feature a wide “miracle mirror” screen adapted for conventional, Cinemascope, 3D or VistaVision films, Edwin F. Zabel, Fox West Coast manager reported.

Additions under the redecoration program include a new facade on the front of the building, marquee, seats, carpeting, lighting system, box office and poster display cases finished in stainless steel. William F. Katzky, Jr., 35, with 16 years experience in show business has been named manager of the theater.

socal09
socal09 on November 21, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Signage has just gone up on the boards indicating the opening of the nightclub/event venue Playhouse. The interior renderings look good (click on link, then click on Playhouse) Another space for the young and wealthy to party the nights away. None of the original theatre remains except for the facade and marquee. The facade has still not been renovated. Hopefully they will keep the kooky design intact and leave the marquee.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 12, 2008 at 12:40 am

Here is a 1953 photo from the USC archive:
http://tinyurl.com/3zvxuj

Twistr54
Twistr54 on October 6, 2008 at 11:27 am

So sad, the graffiti must go. Has any work happened to this theatre yet?

MICHAELM6
MICHAELM6 on June 5, 2008 at 4:48 pm

Work has finally started on the theater. I went by today and noticed the rear doors were open. Other than some faded and chipped panels on the walls, the auditorium has been cleared out. They were in the process of knocking out the projection booth. I have to admit I felt a twinge of sadness seeing it like this.

By the way. The much discussed 1955 remodel didn’t happen until 1959. That’s when the theater lost most of its character, the Iris name and the great old marquee. It reopened in August of 1960 with “The Time Machine”.

Twistr54
Twistr54 on May 31, 2008 at 6:38 pm

I think it was the Rodney King riots.

Pine
Pine on May 31, 2008 at 11:48 am

Re: 1992
What happened in 92? I see smoke and the fire dept. The people look different too, than when I was there in the 60’s. I remember well dressed office and retail store types.

meheuck
meheuck on April 2, 2008 at 1:18 am

The plans have changed. The property will not be a Crobar-branded venue like the ones in Chicago and Miami, but will still be a multi-purpose live performance venue. This article provides links to other related ones.

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It’s expected to open in the fall.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 1, 2008 at 9:16 pm

I guess if you pulled down the fake facade, as seen in the last photo, you would get a look at the original front. Maybe in the future.

Roloff
Roloff on September 10, 2007 at 2:03 pm

Thanks guys. Feel free to comment on them in Flickr as well (you need to subscrobe though).

chelleck
chelleck on September 10, 2007 at 9:30 am

Roloff, you do have great photos. Thank you very much. I hate to see the old “Fox” structure go down.

Roloff
Roloff on August 1, 2007 at 3:08 pm

View link
for a postcard of the Iris and Warner, and a better look at my picture that’s featured at the top of this page here:
View link

vcarville
vcarville on July 6, 2007 at 12:47 am

It wasn’t anything special, mom dropped me off here to watch The Little Mermaid, I think she left me because she said the movie was making her sick, also saw Troop Beverly Hills here…nothing to write home about, really a dump in the late 80s. Nothing lost if it’s torn down, it was a cracker box even at the time…

William
William on June 25, 2007 at 7:48 am

Mann Theatres was the last theatre chain to run the theatre. United Artists Theatres operated the Egyptian Theatre and those awful twins in the rear area of the property. Mann was the last lease holder to the theatre and they were the one that closed it and decided not to run it as a theatre.