Fox Figueroa Theatre

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

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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.

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”.

kencmcintyre on July 16, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Got gas today on the bones of the Fox Figueroa:

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 June 25, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Here is a May 1958 ad from the LA Times:

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 October 30, 2007 at 7:20 am

Here is a September 1928 ad from the LA Times:

kencmcintyre on August 3, 2007 at 9:32 am

I think that location is where the Chevron and McDonalds is now. It’s where you make a left from Figueroa onto MLK to get over to the 110 South.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 1, 2007 at 10:20 pm

Those aerial photos clear up my puzzling childhood memory of the Fox Figueroa. I knew there was something unusual about the building’s configuration, and now I see that it was that the auditorium was set at an angle to the street. I have no idea how my memory transformed that angularity into an open corner plaza, though.

kencmcintyre on August 1, 2007 at 4:22 pm

Here is another view from the same date:

kencmcintyre on August 1, 2007 at 2:26 pm

Here is an aerial photo from 1936, from the USC archive:

kencmcintyre on July 6, 2007 at 8:51 pm

Here is an excerpt from an LA Times story dated ¾/68:

For years a huge sign overlooking Exposition Park stood out as a familiar Los Angeles landmark. It towered above the Figueroa Theater at Santa Barbara Avenue. “Figueroa Theater” was emblazoned on a massive steel frame, luring moviegoers to such films as “Stanley and Livingston” and “Boom Town” in the years just before World War II.

Now the theater, built in the mid 1920s but dark for many years, is being torn down and a gas station will go up on the site.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 26, 2006 at 5:08 pm

The Fox Figueroa Theatre was built in 1925. The architect was W.S. Hebbard. The theatre was mentioned in issues of the magazine Southwest Builder & Contractor of ½/25, 2/27/25, and 12/11/25. William Sterling Hebbard (1868-1930) was a San Diego architect, who sometimes worked in partnership with Irving Gill.

UKuser on November 2, 2005 at 12:43 am


T'he Los Angeles Theatre' on South Broadway, LA is playing host to the UK television show ‘Dead Famous LIVE’. We are currently looking for people who would like to come along as part of the studio audience.

‘Dead Famous LIVE’ is a studio entertainment show all about Hollywood History and the paranormal. We will be welcoming celebrity guests on to the show and investigating famous locations around Hollywood which are rumoured to be haunted including the Los Angeles Theatre itself.

This is an invaluable chance to get access to the Los Angeles Theatre, the place where Charlie Chaplin’s ‘City Lights’ premiered in 1931 and to have a thoroughly great day out! (And its free!!)

We’re transmitting ‘Live’ back to the United Kingdom so expect it to be exciting and fun!

We will be filming on three days from 11th – 13th November between 11.30am – 4pm. If you are interested in coming on one or all of these days then email me for tickets!


I look forward to your responses!

theprojectionist on August 6, 2005 at 10:56 am

This theatre had the biggest projection room I have ever seen – booth nothing, it was a county seat!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 18, 2004 at 5:54 am

Perhaps someone who remembers the Fox Figueroa can clear up something for me. I have only one vivid memory of this theatre, but it is from very early, when I was no more then six or seven years old, and I’m not sure it is accurate. I remember that we were driving along one or the other of the streets on which the Figueroa was located, on a Saturday afternoon, and I saw a large crowd of people waiting at the box office. The image I have in my mind is that the theatre was set back quite a way from one street, or both of them, so there was a sort of plaza at the corner of the intersection. It also seems to me that the theatre building was “L” shaped, partly enclosing this area. But maybe it was just a very wide sidewalk on that block, and a narrower sidewalk on the next block down. The pictures of the theatre that I’ve seen are all closeups, so they don’t tell me if my image of the place is accurate. Does anyone remember the way the Figueroa was situated on its corner?

William on September 20, 2004 at 11:37 am

The Fox Figueroa Theatre was located on a corner lot, so that is why you have two addresses for the theatre.

MagicLantern on September 20, 2004 at 11:32 am

Not to be confused (like some old boards occasionally do) with the Figueroa Theatre at 4011 South Figueroa Street (near Martin Luther King Boulevard), operating in 1942.

William on October 20, 2003 at 6:16 pm

When the Fox Figueroa Theatre opened it had a Wurlitzer Theatre organ (opus#1162) style 235, it was installed on 9/29/1925.

William on October 17, 2003 at 8:59 am

The original address for the Fox Figueroa Theatre was 508 W. Santa Barbara Ave. The Marquee enterance was on the Figueroa side of the building. It had a very nice Art Deco lobby.