Fox Covina Theatre

211 N. Azusa Avenue,
Covina, CA 91722

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Fox Covina - Covina, CA

The Fox Covina Theatre was a bland, 1960’s box style theatre that opened June 27, 1969 with 814-seats. It was twinned on December 14, 1972. Somewhere along the line was tri-plexed. When I attended the theatre was already a second run house with bad projection and scratchy prints. The house was ill maintained and as far as I could tell really didn’t have much of a style to begin with.

In 1985 it suffered by the opening of the large multi-screen AMC Covina theatre down the block. The Fox Covina Theatre was closed around 1999.

Contributed by Senor Sock

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chococinephile
chococinephile on September 11, 2011 at 3:46 am

On the north side of the theater (west side of Azusa Ave,) there was a Marie Callender’s, with the original architecture style of the Marie’s. I remember frequenting this Marie Callender’s when I was young and it didn’t have indoor restrooms. You had to go outside and they were located on the side of the buildings. This was the early 80s. I also remember at this time, that my parents stopped frequenting this theater for awhile. It was due to reports of two young children being abducted from the theater.

chococinephile
chococinephile on September 11, 2011 at 3:46 am

On the north side of the theater (west side of Azusa Ave,) there was a Marie Callender’s, with the original architecture style of the Marie’s. I remember frequenting this Marie Callender’s when I was young and it didn’t have indoor restrooms. You had to go outside and they were located on the side of the buildings. This was the early 80s. I also remember at this time, that my parents stopped frequenting this theater for awhile. It was due to reports of two young children being abducted from the theater.

versusfan
versusfan on July 9, 2013 at 9:49 pm

This takes me back to December 18th 1978. My mom, older & younger brother stood in line for 3 hours to see SUPERMAN THE MOVIE. The line went all the way to the back of theatre were there was additional parking. I also saw GREASE and so many forgettable bad films like VENOM.

01261967
01261967 on December 8, 2013 at 12:45 pm

@versusfan I wouldn’t stand three hours in line to see Jesus Christ!

rivest266
rivest266 on August 4, 2016 at 12:40 pm

June 27th, 1969 grand opening ad in photo section.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 9, 2019 at 2:16 pm

This reopened as a twin cinema on December 14th, 1972. Another ad posted.

Zubi
Zubi on November 29, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Mike – You may want to check on your 1985 closing date here. This theatre may have reopened under another chain, like Sanborn/SoCal, and lived on (albeit briefly) into the 1990s (I recall a friend of mine saying that she managed this place after transferring to it from another SoCal). But check! I may be mistaken (and never worked here myself). Also, “previously operated by” would likely include Mann Theatres as well. I believe they operated the Fox-Covina AFTER the NGC chain was bought by Mr. Ted Mann in the early 1970s but BEFORE SoCal acquired the theatre.

rivest266
rivest266 on May 19, 2020 at 5:08 pm

Finally checked. It was listed in the SoCal section 1989-1997 and the independent theatres until 1999. No listings found in January 2000.

Bill_Lonee
Bill_Lonee on August 2, 2020 at 11:39 pm

I probably saw more movies in this theater, growing up, than any other in the area. In the early 70s, my mom would buy us tickets to the summer series. Second-run kids films shown very, very early in the day, and for very cheap. Sometimes, we would stop on the way and stock up on candy at 7-11! I can’t remember exactly what I saw here, but I do know that I saw the original Rocky movie, here.

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