Fox Performing Arts Center

3801 Mission Inn Avenue,
Riverside, CA 92501

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unknown on October 22, 2003 at 2:31 pm

I join the query: why is the “Friends of the Fox” website no longer viable and why does no one seem able to reinstate it? One would think that the new owner and the Riverside Arts council/Redevelopment, et al., would welcome any/all offers of donations and help.
Info I’ve found:
October 25, 2003: “Gone With the Wind” gala includes hors d'ouvres, libation, dessert, special seating for $50.00. First come, first seated general w/intermission desssert selections and libations is $15.00/ticket available at the ticket booth on the 25th.
Please note that the powers-that-be who slicked through a Kentucky Fried on the objecting homeowners of Canyon Crest is not terribly in love w/the new owner’s plans to fully restore the theater. They were planning to either tear it down for the ubiquitous flat, environmentally crude parking lot, turning it into retail businesses – see the used-to-be beautiful De Anza theater on Market Street – or making it another multiplex theater by gutting the beautiful and historic interior.

The new owner has had one battle after another with our ever-thoughtful City Council and endured vandalism, break-ins and thefts of antique fixtures to his building but continues his efforts.
Let’s give him a round of applause send your offers of help and questions to:
“Friends of the Fox/Riverside Arts Council"
3839 Brocton Avenue, Ste E
Riverside, CA 92501.
Ticket info: (909) 784-7095.
Good luck, peace, thanks for caring.

EmilyBriggs on March 26, 2003 at 8:43 pm

I am a Riverside native and I am very interested in working on the renovation of the Fox Theater. If anyone knows how to get in touch with the person who owns it, I would greatly appreciate having that information. And in case anyone knows of other restoration projects in the works, I am currently a graduate student in a public history program and I would love work for the summer. Thanks!

William on February 20, 2003 at 9:15 pm

The Fox Riverside Theatre was a very popular theatre with the studios. They used this theatre for many studio sneak previews. This is when sneak previews were real, not the sneaks we have now. No one knew the picture till it hit the screen. The best known sneak at the Fox was the sneak for “Gone With The Wind”. It was the first public showing. The next sneak was held at the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara.

Ron_Banister on May 29, 2002 at 4:26 pm

The Fox Riverside Theater Web Site no longer exists. Please update your links.


Bob on March 23, 2001 at 4:03 pm

Good News!!! Someone just bought the Fox theater and intends to restore it!!

Bob on February 26, 2001 at 6:33 pm

This was a beautiful theater when I saw it was ten years ago and there was some move to restore it. The University of California Riverside and the Museum of Photography were putting on art film and classic movie nights once a week. It has a HUGE interior with three banks of seats on the ground floor and huge balcony. An incredible ceiling. I wish someone could find a way to restore it. If it was restored, it would make the recent theaters built by Edwards and AMC (which I love) to shame. If anyone has any ideas on how to go by restoring it, I’d love to hear them and would actively try to put them to use.