Fox Theatre

6508 Hollywood Boulevard,
Hollywood,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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William
William on August 2, 2005 at 11:29 am

During one of the last remodels of this theatre and the Mann’s Hollywood Theatre a few years before they closed both theatres was to earthquake retro-fit the side walls. At the time both theatres along with the Vogue Theatre were still doing business along the Blvd. As the business changed Mann Theatres had one projectionist had all three theatres.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 2, 2005 at 10:12 am

At the Fox Hollywood on July 2, 1973, I saw Billy Jack. Only time I visited.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 8, 2005 at 7:01 pm

bt91975;
The Fox(former Iris) still sits vacant and boarded up. It is the Ritz further along the boulevard that is now in use as a Latino church.

br91975
br91975 on June 8, 2005 at 7:58 am

I’ve seen – can’t recall where and wasn’t able to find them via Google – what I presume to be relatively recent exterior photos of the Fox and indicating that a Latino church has moved into the space. Can anyone confirm this (or, perhaps through personal knowledge, pinpoint a time when those snapshots might have been taken)?

Twistr54
Twistr54 on June 8, 2005 at 7:38 am

I worked at the Holly Cinema across the street in 1981, The Fox, closed for about 2 weeks and did a re model, they put blue track lights in the floor down the isles, i think new seats also, improved Dolby and I think also 70 mm. I saw a movie there before it was remodled. After , when I worked at the HOLLY, I went over to see ARTHUR, decent sized theatre 2 isles, no balcony. decent remodel. ( it was just a freshner, new carpet etc, nothing major).
I was in LA July 2001, and it was boarded up,and marquee dark.
Strange how you can still hear the ghosts of the films that played there.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 15, 2005 at 2:46 pm

clvee;
Theatres on the north side of Hollywood Bld between Highland and Vine are: Vogue, Warner’s(Pacific 1-3), Holly(Studio, Music Hall, Academy), Vine(Admiral).

clvee
clvee on March 15, 2005 at 2:29 pm

I cant find any thing about the Academy theater just east of Highland and across the street from the all night Hollywood theater. I lived at 1775 N Orchid street in 1953/55 and walked to all the shows on Hollywood Blvd. It was lit up like Christmas every night. Heading east on the blvd’d south side I can only remember the Paramount, Hollywood, Egyption and the News-View. The last one only showed news reels. Can anybody name the ones from Highland to Vine on the North side? I think there were four counting the big Warners theater showing “Cinerama” for those 3 years.

Bway
Bway on February 13, 2005 at 12:01 pm

I passed by the theater the other day and it’s still all boarded up and is in pretty sorry looking shape on the exterior. I wonder how bad the interior has become. It’s hard to believe this theater only closed in 1994 (meaning it must have been still open during my first visit to Hollywood in the early 90’s). It looks like it’s been closed so much longer than that. The last 10 years have not been kind to it.

trooperboots
trooperboots on January 21, 2005 at 6:24 pm

Great William, you’re right, the main feature is “Razors Edge” and it was made in 1946….

I actually figured out the second feature… it was “Housekeepers Daughter” from 1939, with Joan Bennett and Adolph Menjou … I guess that feature was in a second run at the time… it’s a good guess the postcard view is from 1946 or 1947.

William
William on January 21, 2005 at 12:28 pm

The main feature playing at the Admiral Theatre was “The Razor’s Edge”.

trooperboots
trooperboots on January 21, 2005 at 11:56 am

Hey, thanks Joe… I appreciate that. Odd that they named it the “Vine” when it’s not on Vine Street and there has been confusion between the Hollywood Playhouse and Ricardo Montalban which are on Vine Street for years. I found another website about the Hollywood Playhouse that talks about the CBS Radio shows held at the Playhouse, which were actually performed at the Montalban (then called the CBS Radio Theater).

Englewood
Englewood on January 21, 2005 at 9:25 am

There is a website that has two photos of the Iris.
Hollywoodphotographs.com

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 21, 2005 at 3:19 am

Christian:

The theater marquee in the postcard view is that of the Admiral (now called the Vine) at 6321 Hollywood Boulevard.

trooperboots
trooperboots on January 21, 2005 at 1:31 am

Hi Ken Roe,

I found an interesting photo for you. Above, you wrote “In 1913, the Idyl Hour Theatre was re-located to 6415 Hollywood Blvd and the name changed to Iris Theatre (This location would put it just slightly East of the current Warner Theatre (Pacific 1-2-3) on what is currently an empty piece of land)…. I wonder if the low building just beyond the Warner Theatre building is the former first 1913 built Iris Theatre?”

I actually found a photo, TAKEN FROM A POSTCARD CIRCA 1948, which I have posted below, apparently taken from where the Warners Theater building is… and behold, a theater marquee! I can’t make out the text on it, however… can you? Is this our “mystery theater” at 6415 Hollywood Blvd. in a later incarnation? When I first saw this card, I thought the marquee was the Warners, but realized it looks nothing like the square shaped marquees of the Warner and looks to be lower to the street, as well.

ALSO… I also wonder why the large letters “P U I” are backwards on the oblong mirror-like sign at the extreme left?

Here is the photo… http://www.rchristiananderson.com/hollyvine.jpg

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 2, 2005 at 2:17 pm

Thats a great postcard view. I wonder if the low building just beyond the Warner Theatre building is the former first 1913 built Iris Theatre? It’s an empty plot of land there nowadays so perhaps we will never know.

trooperboots
trooperboots on January 2, 2005 at 2:09 pm

KenRoe, YES, it most certainly was carried out, and I put a picture postcard view on my website so you can see it! The view is from 1956, and this is how I remember the theater… the IRIS is on the right side…..

View link

The view also shows the Warners Cinerama Theater on the left side…. which is shown on cinema treasures at /theaters/18/

br91975
br91975 on January 2, 2005 at 9:32 am

Elie Samaha… to paraphrase Cindy Adams, only in Hollywood, kids, only in Hollywood. Considering the recent $77.1 million Intermedia judgement against him for inflating production budgets and, with few exceptions, the junk he produced in the deal his company, Franchise Pictures, had with Warner Bros., it’s amazing he still has any kind of positive reputation in town, but if you’re slick or slimy enough, sometimes you find a way to hold on, I suppose…

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 2, 2005 at 7:10 am

Christian;

Many thanks for posting the ‘artist’s sketch pic (was this scheme ever carried out I wonder?) and also the 1934 photo of the S. Charles Lee? re-construction of the facade (I have never seen this one before). Your input is very much appreciated.

Here is a brief resume of the history of the Fox (former Iris Theatre);

It was built for theatre owner P. Tabor who had previously operated Hollywood’s first movie theatre, the Idyl Hour Theatre, built in 1911 at 6265 Hollywood Blvd.

In 1913, the Idyl Hour Theatre was re-located to 6415 Hollywood Blvd and the name changed to Iris Theatre (This location would put it just slightly East of the current Warner Theatre (Pacific 1-2-3)on what is currently an empty piece of land).

In 1918 a new Iris Theatre was constructed on the other side of Hollywood Blvd at #6508 (the current site today). It was designed in a formal Romanesque style by architect Frank Meline & Co- Designers and Builders, the entire structure was built of brick and it had a seating capacity of 814 on a single floor.

The first major change to the theatre came in 1934 when S.Charles Lee? (according to William’s post on here on Nov 11 2003) re-built the frontage (as seen in the photo you posted) and possibly did some re-modelling in the auditorium (strangely this is not mentioned in the Maggie Valentine book on S. Charles Lee ‘The Show Starts on the Sidewalk’). The only work Lee did in Hollywood in in that period according to the book is the newly built Vogue Theatre on Hollywood Blvd in 1934-35. But then there are several innacuraccies in that book, so this needs further investigation.

The Iris Theatre was re-named the Fox Theatre in the mid-1950’s when the former Music Box Theatre/Fox changed its name to Pix. This could tie-in with Artist’s sketch of 1955 which you posted. If this new treatment was carried out on the facade, then it didn’t last too long, as the current rendition we see today was possibly from the 1968 renovation.

The Fox was operated in its later years by Fox West Coast Theatres, National General Theatres and finally Mann Theatres. I have a copy of the LA Times, December 1983 when they did an article reviewing the movie theaters of Los Angeles. I quote; ‘The Fox, Hollywood – The screen is poorly matted. Its picture is cut off at top and bottom – and as for cleanliness – it’s a garbage dump’.

I have a year of closing for the Fox Theatre as 1994.

trooperboots
trooperboots on January 1, 2005 at 6:49 pm

Here is a great photo showing the IRIS only a few days before it’s grand opening on July 31, 1934.

http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics40/00039934.jpg

trooperboots
trooperboots on January 1, 2005 at 6:20 pm

I used to go to the IRIS Theater as a child with my mom. It had a spectacular marquee. The facade was remodelled in 1955. An artists sketch and caption was published in the Herald Examinar Newspaper at the time… it read…

“Artist’s sketch of the Fox Iris Theater at 6508 Hollywood Blvd. on February 11, 1955, to open soon with lavish movieland premiere fanfare. The 816-seat showcase has been remodeled at a cost of $100,000.”

The artist’s sketch (now owned by the L.A. Public Library) is located here….
http://jpg1.lapl.org/pics49/00044348.jpg

meheuck
meheuck on November 29, 2004 at 4:33 pm

This and the Vogue theatre have had their leases taken over by club owner and film producer Elie Samaha, and he is not interested in reopening them as theatres, sad to say.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on November 29, 2004 at 3:53 pm

The marquee is sporting a for sale sign.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 25, 2004 at 9:09 am

Joe:
I have a small photo of the original Franke Meline designed formal Romanesque brick facade of the Iris Theater from a trade magazine of the early 1920’s. The current building was errected in 1918. E-mail me and I will send you a copy.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 25, 2004 at 5:27 am

I remember seeing this theater when it was still the Iris, and still sporting the splendid neon marquee, and the simple, elegant facade which was its perfect backdrop, provided by Lee’s excellent design. I’ve never seen a picture of the theater as it originally looked, but the Lee design was so good that I’m sure I’d forgive the owners for making the change. Not so with the Fox remodel of the 1960s. The skinny, plain and yet oddly fussy bogus arches, and the bland plastic marquee, are typical of the weak designs of that decade. Very few of the theater renovations in the 1960s were in any way forgivable. There was just no energy in them.

I have heard that, in 1953, the young Carol Burnett worked the ticket booth of the Iris, after a stint as an usherette at the Warner theater up the Boulevard. I’ll bet she could tell some interesting stories about the place.

William
William on March 10, 2004 at 3:01 pm

The Fox Theatre is a very simple theatre. It has been remodeled a few times over the years. It is just four walls, the theatre was earthquake retrofitted so the building is up to code for that. It was a medium sized theatre and no stage area.

They are looking to lease the theatre. There was a sign on the marquee as of last November 1st.