Historic Bakersfield Fox Theatre
2001 H Street,
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Historic Bakersfield Fox Theater (Official)
Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres
Architects: Simeon Charles Lee
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Similar in style to the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, this Fox Theatre is a beautiful example of the Mission Revival style on the outside and was built in the Atmospheric tradition on the inside.
The theatre was opened on December 24, 1930 with El Brendel in “Just Imagine”. The auditorium is constructed with the illusion of half buildings built into the walls for maximum effect.
In 1952 an earthquake occurred, but the theatre 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.
In the 2000’s the Fox Theatre was restored and reopened as a live concert venue and showcase for classic film. In January 2022 plans were announced to raise funds to purchase and install a Wurlitzer organ.
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