Fox Theater

2001 H Street,
Bakersfield, CA 93301

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Similar in style to the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara, this Fox theater is a beautiful example of the Mission Revival style on the outside and was built in the Atmospheric tradition on the inside.

The theater was opened on Christmas Day, 1930. The auditorium is constructed with the illusion of half buildings built into the walls for maximum effect.

In 1952 an earthquake occured, but the theater still held up.

In 1953, the Mediterranean Village interior was replaced with a contemporary Art Deco motif inspired by Fox West Coast Theaters' Charles P. Skouras, and a concession stand was added, along with a remodel of the marquee, box office and main entrance.

The Fox has been recently restored and reopened as a live concert venue and showcase for classic film.

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plinfesty
plinfesty on November 12, 2010 at 3:59 pm

1969 Bookings:
1.08.69: The Yellow Submarine; Live a Little – Love a Little
1.15.69: The Night They Raided Minsky’s; 5 Card Stud
(1.18.69: Sat kids matinee: N/A)
1.22.69: Lady in Cement; A Flea In Her Ear
(1.25.69: Sat kids mat: Magic Boy; Destination Moon)
1.29.69: Charge of the light Brigade; 2nd feature
(2.01.69-2.02.69: Kids mats: Aladdin and His Magic Lamp)
2.05.69: Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell; Shalako
(2.08.69: Sat kids: Misty; Arizona Raiders)
2.11.69: Swiss Family Robinson; The Happiest Millionaire
2.19.69: Swiss Family Robinson; Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar
2.26.69: Rachel, Rachel; The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
(3.01.69: Sat kids: The Reluctant Astronaut; The Ghost and Mr. Chicken)
(3.08.69: Sat kids: Munster, Go Home; The Incredible Mr. Limpet)
3.12.69: The African Safari; Will Penny
3.19.69: Charly; The Thomas Crown Affair
(3.22.69: Sat kids: The Singing Princess)
3.26.69: Angel in my Pocket; Hellfighters
4.09.69: Hell in the Pacific; Sinai Commandos
4.16.69: The Killing of Sister George; Coogan’s Bluff
(4.19.69: sat kids: Alias Jesse James; cartoons)
4.23.69: The Killing of Sister George; Barbarella
(4.26-4.27.69: Sat Sun kids: Pinocchio (live-action)
4.30.69: Hannibal Brooks; Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell
5.07.69: The Magus; The Touchables
5.10.69: Sat kids: Batman; The Secret of Magic Island; cartoons)
5.14.69: Where It’s At; How Sweet It Is!
(5.17.69: Free Merchants mat: Blast-off; chptr 1: Canadian Mounties vs Atomic Invaders; cartoons)
5.21.69: Midas Run; The Stalking Moon
(5.24.69: Free Merchants mat: Smokey; chptr 2: Canadian Mounties; cartoons)
5.28.69: Winning; Strategy of Terror
6.04.69: Winning; The Cincinatti Kid
(6.07.69: Free merchants mat: The Incredible Mr. Limpet)
6.11.69: If it’s Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium; 2nd feature
(6.14.69: Free Sat Merchants show: n/a)
6.18.69: How To Commit Marriage; Harper
6.25.69: The Love Bug (featurette: Winnie the pooh and the Blustery Day) (includes Wed premiere with Brock’s Fashion Show for Children’s Home Society)
7.02.69: The Love Bug; Git!
7.16.69: Popi; Subterfuge
7.23.69: Doctor Zhivago; Yours, Mine and Ours
7.30.69: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Submarine X-1
8.06.69: Che!; 100 Rifles
8.13.69: Rascal; Blackbeard’s Ghost
8.20.69: Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice?; How To Commit Marriage
8.27.69: The Chairman; Planet of the Apes
9.03.69: Ring of Bright Water; Follow Me
(9.06.69: Sat kids: Hatari)
9.10.69: Number One; If It’s Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium
(9.13.69: Free Sat mat: Willie mcBean and His Magic Machine)
9.17.69: Some Kind of Nut!; West Side Story
9.24.69: Staircase; Joanna
10.01.69: The Lion in Winter; I Love You, Alice B. Toklas
10.08.69: Can Heironymus Merkin Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness; The Love God
10.14.69: Macbeth (1 night only)
10.15.69: Midnight Cowboy; The Stalking Moon
10.29.69: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Mackenna’s Gold
(11.01.69: Sat kids: Help!)
(11.08.69: Sat kids: Who’s Minding the Mint?)
11.19.69: Darby O'Gill and the Little People; The Parent Trap
11.26.69: Alice’s Restaurant; The First Time
12.10.69: Camille 2000; That Cold Day in the Park
(12.13.69: Sat kids: Munster, Go Home!)
12.18.69: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service; Kill a Dragon
(12.27.69: Sat kids: Texas African Style)

plinfesty
plinfesty on November 17, 2010 at 9:28 pm

1970 bookings:
1/07/70: Krakatoa, East of Java; Guns of the Magnificent Seven
1/14/70: The Undefeated; Bandolero!
1/28/70: Battle Of Britain; Impasse
2/11/70: The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes; A Challenge For Robin Hood (featurette-It’s Tough To Be a Bird)
2/25/70: Topaz; The Last Adventure
3/04/70: The Only Game In Town; Tony Rome
3/11/70: The Secret of Santa Vittoria; File of the Golden Goose
3/18/70: Gaily, Gaily; The Scalphunters
3/25/70: John and Mary; Lady in Cement
4/01/70: The Kremlin Letter; The Girl Who Couldn’t Say No
4/08/70: Midnight Cowboy; Alice’s Restaurant
4/22/70: They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?; Take the Money and Run
5/06/70: Jenny; Viva Max!
5/13/70: The Happy Ending; The Night They Raided Minsky's
(5/16-5/17/70: Kids matinees: Hansel and Gretl; cartoons)
5/20/70: What Do You Say To a Naked Lady?; The Secret of Sana Vittoria
5/27/70: Let It Be; Help!
6/03/70: The Magic Christian; Flare-up
6/10/70: Too Late the Hero; The Bridge at Remagen
6/17/70: The Christine Jorgensen Stgory; Once Upon a Time In the West
6/24/70: Beneath the planet of the Apes; The Games
7/08/70: The Boatniks; Rascal
7/29/70: The Hawaiians; The Last Grenade
8/05/10: Patton
9/09/70: The Landlord; The Hawaiians
9/16/70: MAS*H (Roadrunner cartoon)
10/21/70: Hello Dolly (Benefit Premiere – Bob Magthias re-election)
10/22/70: Pieces of Dreams; The Moonshine War
(10/24-10/25/70: The Phantom Tollbooth)
10/28/70: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World; Support Your Local Sheriff
11/04/70: Move; John and Mary
11/10/70: Cougar Country
(11/21/70: Kids mat: Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol; Mr. Magoo’s Little Snow White)
11/25/70: Hello, Dolly!; The Mercenary
12/02/70: The McKenzie Break; Ned Kelly
12/09/70: The Bird With the Crystal Plumage; Goodbye Gemini
(12/12-12/13/70: Santa and the Three Bears)
12/15/70: The Wild Country (special invitational screening)
12/16/70: Whirlpool; The Female Animal
12/25/70: The Aristocats (featurette: Niok the Orphan Elephant)
(12/31/70: added preview: The Wild Country)

plinfesty
plinfesty on November 17, 2010 at 9:48 pm

1971 bookings:
1/13/71: Lovers and Other Strangers; Underground
1/20/71: Joe; Putney Swope
1/27/71: Thunderball; You Only Live Twice
2/10/71: The Wild Country; The Boatniks
2/24/71: Where’s Poppa?; Sabata
2/28/71: The private Life of Sherlock Holmes; Baquero
3/03/71: MASH; Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
3/24/71: Cold Turkey; The Twelve Chairs
4/02/71: The Barefoot Executive; The Savage Wild
4/07/71: The Barefoot Executive; The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
4/14/71: M
ASH; Patton
4/28/71: Tora! Tora! Tora!
5/26/71: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; Son of Flubber
6/09/71: Valdez is Coming; Assassination Bureau
6/16/71: Vanishing Point; Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
6/23/71: Man and Boy; True Grit
6/30/71: Support Your Local Gunfighter; The Deserter
7/07/71: The $1,000,000 Duck; The Barefoot Executive
7/21/71: Bananas; Von Richtofen and Brown
7/28/71: Evil Knievel; Celebration at Big Sur
8/04/71: The Hunting Party; Midnight Cowboy
8/11/71: Willard; The House That Dripped Blood
8/25/71: Scandalous John; King of the Grizzlies
9/01/71: Lawman; Support Your Local Gunfighter
9/08/71: The Andromeda Strain; Colossus – the Forbin Project
9/22/71: The Panic in Needle Park; Little Murders
9/29/71: The Touch; The Statue
10/06/71: Doc; The Hunting Party
10/13/71: The Mephisto Waltz; The Seven Minutes
10/20/71: The Organization; Lawman
10/27/71: The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker; Making It
11/03/71: Born to Win; What Do You Say To a Naked Lady?
(11/06-11/07/71: Kids matinees: Kingdom in the Clouds; cartoons)
11/10/71: American Wilderness
11/24/71: The living Desert; The Vanishing Prairie (featurette: Dad, Can I Borrow the Car?)
12/01/71: The Stewardesses (3-D)
12/22/71: Diamonds Are Forever

plinfesty
plinfesty on November 20, 2010 at 8:50 pm

1972 bookings:
1/12/72: Kotch; Lovers and Other Strangers
1/19/72: The RA Expeditions
2/02/72: Song of the South; Never a Dull Moment
2/16/72: Straw Dogs; Lawman
3/01/72: Sunday Bloody Sunday; Doc
3/08/72: Toklat (short – Get Hot)
3/29/72: Bedknobs and Broomsticks; In Search of the Castaways
4/05/72: The French Connection; Vanishing Point
4/26/72: The Hospital; Sunday Bloody Sunday
5/10/72: Together; What Do You Say To a Naked Lady?
5/17/72: Fritz the Cat (featurette: Bronco Billy)
5/24/72: Swiss Family Robinson; 101 Dalmations
5/31/72: The Concert For Bangladesh; Zachariah
6/06/72: An Evening With the Royal Ballet
6/07/72: The Hot Rock; Made For Each Other
6/14/72: The Bisquit Eater; Pinocchio
6/21/72: Ben; Tales From the Crypt
6/28/72: Duck, You Sucker!; Chato’s Land
7/05/72: Conquest of the Planet of the Apes; The Honkers
7/19/72: Fuzz; Cold Turkey
7/26/72: Junior Bonner; Puppet On a Chain
8/02/72: The Other; The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight
8/09/72: Patton; MASH
8/23/72: Napoleon and Samantha; The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
8/30/72: Bluebeard; Pretty Maids All in a Row
9/06/72: Fillmore; Concert For Bangladesh
9/13/72: Thunderball; You Only Live Twice
9/20/72: Housewives' Report; Such Good Friends
9/27/72: Everything You’ve Always Wanted To Know About Sex…But Were Afraid To Ask; Lady Liberty
10/04/72: Hickey and Boggs; Magnificent 7 Ride Again
10/11/72: Fiddler On the Roof
11/01/72: Where Does It Hurt?; Hannie Caulder
11/08/72: The French Connection; M
ASH
(11/11-11/09/72:matinees: tom thumb)
11/15/72: The Last Picture Show; Easy Rider
11/22/72: Dumbo; The Legend of Lobo
11/29/72: Hammersmith Is Out; Where Does It Hurt?
(12/02-12/03/72: The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t; 3 cartoons)
12/06/72: When the Legends Die; Tora! Tora! Tora!
(12/09/72: Sneak preview)
12/13/72: Fuzz; The Hospital
12/22/72: Snowball Express; The African Lion (featurette – Magic of Disneyland)

plinfesty
plinfesty on November 20, 2010 at 9:07 pm

1973 bookings:
1/10/73: Avanti!; Pulp
(1/13-1/14/73: MGM Matinee: Zebra in the Kitchen; cartoons)
1/19/73: The Sword in the Stone; Nikki – Wild Dog of the North
2/07/73: The World’s Greatest Athlete; Now You See Him, Now You Don't
2/28/73: Sounder; The Hot Rock
3/07/73: The Poseidon Adventure
4/18/73: Charley and the Angel; Cinderella
4/25/73: The Heartbreak Kid; The War Between Men and Women
5/02/73: Sleuth; The Cuplepper Cattle Co.
5/09/73: Man of La Mancha; Cactus in the Snow
5/16/73: Dirty Harry; Klute
(5/19-5/20/73: Matinees; The Lemon Grove Kids Meet the Monsters; 2nd “horrific” feature)
5/23/73: A Clockwork Orange; Bananas
6/06/73: Scorpio; Skyjacked
6/13/73: Battle For the Planet of the Apes; Big Jake
6/27/73: Live and Let Die; The Mechanic
7/11/73: The Aristocats; Song of the South
7/25/73: Mary Poppins (featurette – The Silver Fox and Sam Davenport)
8/09/73: Tom Sawyer; Brother of the Wind
8/23/73: The Sound of Music
9/12/73: Harry In Your pocket; Take the Money and Run
9/21/73: The New Centurians; Five Easy Pieces
9/28/73: A Touch of Class; Made For Each Other
10/05/73: Last Tango in Paris
10/31/73: Electra Glide in Blue; The Outside Man
11/07/73: North Country and Bigfoot
11/21/73: That Darn Cat; Dumbo
12/07/73: Jeremy; Harry in Your Pocket
12/14/73: Fiddler On the Roof; Man of La Mancha
12/21/73: Robin Hood (featurette: Nature’s Strangest Creatures)

plinfesty
plinfesty on November 20, 2010 at 9:20 pm

1974 bookings:
1/09/74: Robin Hood; White Wilderness
1/23/74: Chariots of the Gods
2/08/74: Superdad; Son of Flubber
2/27/74: The Day of the Dolphin; The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
3/13/74: Jesus Christ Superstar
3/20/74: Jesus Christ Superstar; Pete ‘N Tillie
3/27/74: Cinderella Liberty; Emperor of the North
4/05/74: Alice in Wonderland; Charley and the Angel
4/26/74: The Sting (11 weeks)
7/10/74: Herbie Rides Again (featurette: Legend of Sleepy Hollow)
8/07/72: Herbie Rides Again; The World’s Greatest Athlete
8/14/74: The Castaway Cowboy; The Absent-Minded Professor
8/21/74: The Castaway Cowboy; On Any Sunday
8/28/74: Return of the Dragon; Lightning Sword of Death
9/11/74: The White Dawn; The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
9/18/74: The Internecine Project; Papillon
9/25/74: The Tamarind Seed; Cops and Robbers
10/02/74: Claudine; Electra Glide in Blue
10/09/74: Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein (3-D)
10/23/74: Fantasia (cartoon – Touchdown Mickey)
11/06/74: The Bears and I; The Shaggy Dog
11/20/74: Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones (“Surround Sound”); Mad Dogs and Englishmen)
11/27/74: Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.; That Darn Cat
12/04/74: Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.; The Daring Dobermans
12/11/74: Deep Throat Part II; The Mad Mad Movie Makers
12/20/74: Earthquake (Sensurround) (11 weeks)

plinfesty
plinfesty on November 20, 2010 at 9:39 pm

1975 bookings:
3/12/75: Murder On the Orient Express
3/26/75: Escape To Witch Mountain (cartoon fest)
4/09/74: Escape To Witch Mountain (featurette: Winnie the pooh and tigger Too)
4/16/75: A Woman Under the Influence; Cinderella Liberty
4/23/75: Flesh Gordon; The Groove Tube
5/07/75: Emmanuelle; Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
5/21/75: Shampoo
6/18/75: Shampoo; The Owl and the Pussycat
6/25/75: Bambi (featurette: The Hound That Thought He Was a Raccoon)
7/02/75: Bambi; Superdad
7/16/75: One Of Our Dinosaurs Are Missing; Cinderella
7/30/75: Linda Lovelace For president; Pardon My Blooper
8/06/75: Nashville
8/20/75: Nashville; White Lightning
8/27/75: Beyond the Door (Quadraphonic Possessound)
9/03/75: Beyond the Door; The Devil’s Rain
9/19/75: Flossie; What Do You Say To a Naked Lady?
9/30/75: Live Closed Circuit: Frazier fight)
10/01/75: Flossie; What Do You Say To a Naked Lady?
10/03/75: Farewell My Lovely; Slither
10/15/75: The Great Gatsby; Once Is Not Enough
10/22/75: The Way We Were; Lords of Flatbush
11/07/75: The Best of Walt Disney’s True-Life Adventures; The Strongest Man in the World
11/19/75: Mahogany; Once Is Not Enough
12/16/75: Walls of Fire (1 day only)
12/17/75: Mahogany; once Is Not Enough
12/20/75: Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs; featurette)
11/

plinfesty
plinfesty on June 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm

1976 Bookings: 1/07/76: Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs; Island at the top of the World 1/21/76: Killer orce; Gone in 60 Seconds 1/28/76: King of Hearts (shorts: Bambi Meets Godzillal Thank You, Mask Man) 2/04/76: 3 Days of the Condor; Chinatown 2/11/76: No Deposit, No Return (cartoons: Three Little Pigs; Ugly Duckling; Tortoise and the Hare) 3/12/76: Fantasia 3/24/76: From Beyond the Grave; Tales From the Crypt 3/31/76: The Sunshine Boys; Smile 4/09/76: Lipstick 4/14/76: Lipstick; Death Wish 4/28/76: Lucky Lady; Breakout 5/05/76: Lucky Lady; W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings 5/12/76: Grizzly; Grizzly Adams 5/19/76: Gone With the Wind 5/28/76: Follow Me, Boys (featurette: Ben and Me) 6/04/76: Follow Me, Boys!; Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. 6/16/76: Embryo; Goodbye, Bruce Lee 6/23/76: Peter Pan (featurette: The Horse With the Flying Tail) 7/07/76: Gus (cartoons: Ferdinand the Bull; The Country Cousin; Lend a Paw) 7/14/76: Peter Pan; Bambi 7/28/76: Jack and the Beanstalk; The Golden Voyage of Sinbad 8/04/76: The Treasure of Matecumbe; The Apple Dumpling Gang 8/25/76: The Littlest Horse Thieves 9/01/76: The Man Who Fell To Earth; Barbarella 9/08/76: Ode To Billy Joe; Return To Macon County 9/15/76: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Where’s Poppa? 9/22/76: Guitar Clips and Roach Clips (Quad sound) 9/29/76: Lifeguard; The Bad News Bears 10/06/76: Obsession; Taxi Driver (10/08/76: Preview: Car Wash) 10/27/76: Midway; The Hindenburg (10/30/76: Kids mat: Snoopy Go Home; cartoons) 11/03/76: Shoot; The Killer Elite 11/10/76: Marathon Man 11/24/76: Marathon Man; Hard Times 12/18/76: The Shaggy D.A.; Stormy 12/29/76: The Shaggy D.A.; Ride a Wild Pony

rivest266
rivest266 on August 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Grand opening ad has been posted here.

markp
markp on November 29, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Some killer double features back in the day. 12/14/73, “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Man of LaMancha” That’s over 5 ½ hours of viewing. I also love how “MAS*H” came back 3 times in 6 month period between 9/70 and 4/71. The good old days…..

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