Fox Rosemary Theatre

2946 Ocean Front Walk,
Santa Monica, CA 90405

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Rosemary Theatre exterior

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This theatre, along with the Fox Dome next door has been lost since the 50’s.

The Fox Rosemary once seated 1454 and was located on the boardwalk in front of Pacific Ocean Park pier.

The theatre was gutted in the 50’s and the buildings were finally lost when the pier burned down in 1977.

Contributed by William Gabel

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 3, 2007 at 10:48 am

That is funny. It must be a two for one sale. I find a number of problems with library photos. Some are dated wrong. Some give incorrect locations (the wrong State, not the wrong street) and one photo that I found even had the theater name wrong when the name was clearly visible on the marquee in the photo. :)

terrywade
terrywade on September 14, 2007 at 8:52 pm

Was this the theatre that had the Magic Carpet ride when it was Pacific Ocean Park in the 60’s ? I seems to me that a old movie theatre had this ride in it. The Flight To Mars ride was my favorite. What a great park this was. I even think it was owned by the Fox West Coast people National General Corp just like in San Francisco they got money hungry in the 60’s and tore down the SF Fox Theatre and built a apt building on the spot. Good thing they didn’t own the land under the Graumans Chinese that they ran as a Fox West Coast Theatre the NGC folks lost money on not being able to sell this house and add it to the destruction they did to the other fine theatres they owned. I still have a popcorn box from the Fox West Coast Theatres a NGC Co The Place To GO! A place to go no more.

raybradley
raybradley on October 22, 2007 at 6:28 pm

Rosemary Theater is #5 on this 1922 map -
View link
Vintage color picture postcard -
http://www.westland.net/venice/history2.htm

seymourcox
seymourcox on October 24, 2007 at 11:31 am

This theatre is clearly seen in the 1950 film “Quicksand” starring Mickey Rooney (perhaps his finest performance ever) and Peter Lorre -
www.amazon.com/Quicksand-Barbara-Bates/dp/6304680813

haineshisway
haineshisway on December 13, 2007 at 10:55 pm

To Terry Wade – just seeing your post now – the Magic Carpet ride was housed in the old Dome Theater, not the Rosemary. My grandparents lived right across the street from what became the entrance to POP (Neptune’s Kingdom) at the Hotel St. Regis. Flight To Mars was my favorite ride as well, and, in fact, an artist’s rendition of it adorns the cover of my second novel, Kritzerland (you can see the cover at amazon.com).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 27, 2008 at 10:41 pm

I have only just noticed that the L.A. Library’s photo of the Dome Theatre (featured in reduced size at the top of Cinema Treasures' Fox Dome Theatre page shows the marquee of the Rosemary Theatre, but above the marquee is the name Dome Orpheum, using the Orpheum Vaudeville Circuit’s standard script lettering. The Fox Rosemary must have had Orpheum Vaudeville in its early days. In any case, Dome Orpheum Theatre might have been an aka for the place around the mid-late 1920s. Can anybody dig up a period newspaper ad or something to confirm this?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 10, 2008 at 7:46 pm

This post-fire photo from 1912 shows the intent to rebuild the Rosemary, which they did of course:
http://jpg1.lapl.org/00077/00077815.jpg

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 6, 2009 at 3:46 pm

The link I put in my comment of Sept. 18, 2005, is dead. A photo and description of the 1924 fire can now be seen near the bottom of this web page.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 3, 2010 at 12:52 am

The Los Angeles Public Library gives the date of this photo of the Rosemary Theatre’s proscenium during demolition as 1970.

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