Fox Fullerton Theatre
512 N. Harbor Boulevard,
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Opened as Chapman’s Aician Court Theatre on May 28, 1925. The opening film was Tom Mix in “Dick Turpin”. The theatre had 1,095 seats in orchestra and balcony levels, was equipped with a theatre organ. Its architect was Raymond Kennedy, of the firm of Meyer and Holler, who also designed Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre, both in Hollywood. The theatre was designed with a California Gold Rush theme and included several impressive murals by Anthony Heinsbergen and John Beckman. There is also sculpture throughout the theater, and its proscenium arch (still very intact today) feature unusual tapered and squared columns called herms. In early-1929 it screened its first ‘talkie’ “Give and Take” starring Jean Hersholt and George Sydney.
In the mid-1950’s, the theatre was ‘modernized’ during a remodeling that obscured the theater’s original murals and other features.
This theatre has also operated under the names Mission Court Theatre, Universal Mission Court Theatre, and the Fox Mission Theatre.
The theater was in danger of being demolished for five-story apartments, but a non profit group, the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation, fought a long battle, and raised enough money to purchase the building to use it as a a multi-use entertainment venue featuring independent and classic films as well as peforming arts. Work began on the restoration project in the summer of 2005.
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