Fox Adams Theatre

4413 W. Adams Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA

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Today, the former Fox Adams is home to a church.

To get an idea of what the Fox Adams was like in its better days just visit the Vista Theatre in Hollywood. It’s like going into the little sister of the Adams.

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Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

kencmcintyre on June 10, 2007 at 7:20 pm

The front of the church is just plain stucco. They’ve gotten rid of any ornamentation that may have been there previously. The marquee gives the address as 4409 W. Adams.

kencmcintyre on August 12, 2007 at 7:21 pm

Here is a January 1945 ad from the LA Times:

unihikid on January 26, 2008 at 4:09 pm

from what i can gather aretha franklin once owned the theatre,it was managed by her brother and she mentions it in her for the remodel change,it wasnt a “plane jane” up until maybe 8 to 10 yrs ago.

kencmcintyre on February 25, 2008 at 7:14 am

The Kabuki Theatre was advertised in the LA Times in April 1964:

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Lost Memory on February 25, 2008 at 7:17 am

The River Fuefuki was first released in Japan in October of 1960.

kencmcintyre on January 31, 2009 at 4:31 pm

This is from Boxoffice magazine, August 1962:

LOS ANGELES-Allied Theaters, operated by Bob Helm, Phillip Hoffman and Sam Decker, has taken a 20 year lease on the Bard Theater, 1,200-seat neighborhood house, which they have renamed the Adams West and switched to a first-run policy. The Bard had been closed for the past five years.

Art1956 on May 14, 2009 at 9:58 pm

The Adams West switched from showing movies to live shows in late 1963. Around spring of 1964, it was renamed the Kabuki and started showing Japanese movies until 1973. It went back to showing American movies for a short time and closed for good.I grew up in that neighborhood.I was last in the theatre to see a couple of exploitation movies, before it closed. The theatre was in desperate need of remodeling.

jwpope on September 2, 2009 at 6:02 pm

My father was manger of the Bards from around 1951 till the early 60’s. We moved there when I was 7 and lived over the house in apts.It was fun living there as I rode my bike up and down the aisles.Seating around 1100 it took a while to get up and down. There was a pit at one time and also chandeleirs which needed to be removed to show more modern films. Dressing rooms were below but always cold and damp. The house was huge and beautiful and sometimes scary when I was young. We had many live shows, including Ice Capades, Roy Rogers, and the Three Stooges. Saturdays were always full of serials and horror movies were a lot of fun. In latter years memories were mixed as I had my first experiences with race issues. As the area was in a white flight. But it gave me a better understanding of feelings on both sides. I never had any problems and the kids on Saturdays never seemed to mind what color they were. They just came to have fun. Movies seemed so much bigger then and so were the trips to Hollywood for opening night. We cooked our own popcorn in those days and I worked there for many years.

Tinseltoes on August 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Bard’s marquee pictured in this 1938 trade ad: Boxoffice

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