Alpha Theatre

4065 Gage Avenue,
Bell, CA 90201

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Fox Alpha Theatre exterior

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This former Fox movie house has been used as a banquet hall since closing as a theater.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 9, 2008 at 8:59 pm

“Available for corperate events”. I bet the corperations just flock to their door when they see that sign.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 30, 2008 at 5:52 pm

The L.A. County Assessor’s office gives 1922 as the original construction date for this building. With the other evidence in comments above, that should confirm that this theater was the Maybell, opened in 1922, and remodeled by S. Charles Lee in 1937.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 21, 2009 at 3:50 pm

The re-opening of the remodeled Maybell Theatre took place early in 1938. Here’s something from Boxoffice Magazine, February 5, 1938: “With the opening last week of Frank Valuskus' new Bell Theatre in Bell, Fox West Coast is rushing work on its new Bell house, now almost completed. Valuskus, operating at ten cents, will have two FWC houses as competition, the circuit’s Alcazar also coming in that zone.”

(Note: The correct spelling of the name of the owner of the Bell Theatre was Valuskis.)

JasonEVega
JasonEVega on August 4, 2009 at 9:30 pm

UPDATE: The theater has been sold. A public notice of ownership application has been posted outside. The new owner plans to turn the theater into a Family Mexican Restaurant. The previous owners renovated and preserved the Art Deco interior. No word on whether the new owners will reatin the architectural significance of the building.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 4, 2009 at 9:44 pm

I note that S. Charles Lee has not been added as the architect. Is that because he may have only done the remodel in 1938?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 4, 2009 at 10:00 pm

The remodeling was quite extensive, so Lee should be credited. Also the aka Maybell Theatre should be added.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 24, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Thanks KenMC for the pictures.

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