Fox Figueroa Theatre

508 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90037

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This theater, built in 1925, was located on Santa Barbara Boulevard (now known as Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) at Figueroa Street.

This theater was razed in the late 60’s, along with its large roof top sign and now on the site is a gas station. The former theater’s location is directly across the street from the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

Contributed by William Gabel

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bluram on June 19, 2008 at 10:12 pm

I worked at the Figueroa Theater from 1949 -1954. My older sister worked there also 1946- about 1955 as a cashier and book keeper. The official address, at least during that period was 4011 S. Figueroa Blvd., Los Angeles 37, Calif.. The main lobby entrance was on the Figueroa west side of the street. The complete building structure included a drug store on the corner of Figueroa and Santa Barbara and on the opposite corner Figueroa and 40th Place was a Bank of America. Above the theater there were some offices with their main entrance on the Santa Barbara side. Also there was a nice Card and gift shop at the far west side of the theater on Santa Barbara. During the forties the theater’s manager was George Miller and his assistant manager was a young lady named Boobie. Later around 1950 J. D. Richardson became manager. His assistant manager was Bob Emory. They were wonderful to work with/for. I could go on forever talking about my experiences and friends that I met working during my youth at this wonderful theater. Don Meyers

kencmcintyre on June 25, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Here is a May 1958 ad from the LA Times:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 25, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Don Meyers is correct about the address of the Figueroa Theatre. I’ve checked several old street directories and the address for the theater itself is always given as 4011 S. Figueroa Street. The Santa Barbara Avenue address must have been for the office section of the building above the shops.

kencmcintyre on July 16, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Got gas today on the bones of the Fox Figueroa:

kencmcintyre on November 21, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Here is a February 1927 item in the LA Times:

Lois Moran, the heroine of the Fox Films production of David Warfield’s greatest triumph, “The Music Master”, arrived back in Los Angeles last week in time to be here for the western premiere of this picture, now at the Figueroa Theater.

Alec B. Francis has the name role in the production and other prominent members of the cast include Norman Trevor and Neil Hamilton. Other features of the Figueroa program include Salvatore Santaella’s twenty-piece orchestra on the stage in a trio of numbers and a breand new Earle Fox Van Bibber comedy called “The Speedboat Demon”.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 17, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Another example of the occasional sloppiness of old newspaper reports: The caption of the sketch Tinseltoes just uploaded mangles architect William Sterling Hebbard’s name into W. S. Shephard.

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