Fox Theatre

1350 Market Street,
San Francisco, CA 94102

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Tillmany on November 29, 2003 at 6:15 pm

This theatre was never known as Fox San Francisco,
and its ID should be corrected accordingly.
It was always, quite simply, The Fox Theatre;
you can add San Francisco, California,
as a geographical reference, but that was never part of
its name (as opposed to Fox Oakland, etc.)

JimRankin on October 14, 2003 at 10:43 am


Of all the fabulous movie palaces in the US, many consider the FOX once in San Francisco to be the most ornate and lavish, while others place that estimate of the finest on New York city’s long gone ROXY. For its 6,000 seats, its fine pipe organ, its innovations of a hospital room, playland room for the kiddies with matron on duty, its rising and falling stage and orchestra pit elevators, and its general vastness of Spanish theme decor, it may be the acme of movie palaces that many experts consider it to be. But the French themed FOX was unique in its own ways, and is the only theatre to have both a fabulous book to match the fabulous 5,000-seat theatre, but also now a special publication of the Theatrical Historical Society of America (http:\ to record the FOX’s unforgettable presence in the history of theatres.

That 1979 book, known as a difficult-to-find keepsake by many searchers, is titled: “FOX … The Last Word, Story of the World’s Finest Theatre” by the late Preston J. Kaufmann. Here, in almost 400 heavy, glossy pages are hundreds of photos of the FOX, which was demolished in 1963. The author documented thousands of details of the theatre, from its rise to its fall, as a lesson we should all learn from its demise. He replicated the blueprints as well as the opening day programme, and even includes a chapter on all the theatres which preceded it, pre and post the 1906 earthquake and fire. Another chapter details the artistry of casting the plaster and bronze used in the theatre and its bronze marquee. If the FOX was a landmark, so is this 7-pound, hardbound book! Since the death of the author and thus the demise of his publishing company a few years ago, the prospect of reprinting the book is slim, indeed (though used copies are sometimes available at

Because the book is no longer generally available, the Society has produced in their ANNUAL for 2003, a 36-page softbound collection of some of the photos which appeared in the book, and a few which did not. The dozens of black and white photos cover all the major areas and are preceded by several hundred words by Steve Levin, a former San Franciscan for whom this was no doubt his favorite theatre. The ANNUAL is titled: “FOX THEATRE, San Francisco” (Thomas W. Lamb, architect) and is available through their web site: where on their sidebar is the link: PUBLICATIONS>ANNUALS, and the instructions on how to order it.

These publications and others are a due Memorial to this, perhaps the most luxurious of America’s movie palace heritage.

William on September 24, 2002 at 10:01 am

The organ is now located in the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Ca.

GaryParks on May 10, 2002 at 2:59 pm

Various furnishing and artifacts from the Fox surface from time to time around the Bay Area. For the public eye, however, the most accessible is the main curtain, which is in use in the main (vintage) auditorium at the Grand Lake Theatre, Oakland. Some additional embroidered hangings from one of the Fox’s doorways may be seen in the Grand Lake’s lobby.