Fox Dome Theatre

3014 Ocean Front Walk,
Santa Monica, CA 90405

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1940 photo © Ansel Adams.

This theater was located on the boardwalk in front of Pacific Ocean Park pier. Opened in the 1920’s, the Fox Dome Theatre seated 2,213 patrons.

In the remodel of POP pier, the Dome Theatre and the Rosemary Theatre were gutted. The fire, which destroyed the pier, also incinerated what was left of these old buildings.

Contributed by William Gabel

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disneydave on May 23, 2008 at 5:56 am

BTW I did see the earlier posts on the MMC, but I have an image of a sample herald included with the MMC Campaign Manual announcing the inauguration of the Fox Dome chapter on July 20, 1929.

I also have an image from a publication indicating Walt Disney would be attending a chapter meeting, along with Studio artist Ub Iwerks and Studio composer Carl Stalling and that issue is dated September 13, 1929.

Joel Axelrod
Joel Axelrod on August 5, 2008 at 12:46 am

My parents and grandparents owned a grocery store on the Venice side of the boardwalk, without hearing distance of Welk’s band playing int he Aragon Ballroom on Lick Pier. What was the entrance to the Ocean Park Pier, later became the exit to Pacific Ocean Park (POP). I remember seeing Mighty Joe Young in sepia tone at the Dome, and Commando Cody serials. I saw the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers there and had the nightmares that went along with the film. The manager of the theater was a huge man, very “portly” who always wore a tuxedo. When the Dome closed, I was surprised to see him working in the lobby of the Bundy (Pico and Bundy…now the Bundy offramp from the Santa Monica Freeway).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 6, 2009 at 11:51 pm

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

lwmulder on March 13, 2010 at 6:57 am

Johnny Vegas – am interested in learning more about the Langley theaters in CA. I am Linda Langley, Claude Alexander’s daughter.

TLSLOEWS on July 10, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Very nice vintage photos.

junglero on June 26, 2013 at 8:08 pm

The Fox Dome became the “Magic Carpet” ride at Pacific Ocean Park after the remodel.

DavidZornig on February 5, 2014 at 11:11 pm

There is a 1930’s photo of the Fox Dome auditorium during a Mickey Mouse Club meeting on the Mouse Heaven page at

DavidZornig on April 14, 2014 at 6:35 pm

This link has a flyer for the Mickey Mouse Club meetings at the Fox Dome. The previous B&W photo in the other link is in dispute as to whether it is the Fox Dome or not.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 14, 2014 at 7:40 pm

DavidZornig: If you’re referring to this photo that kencmcintyre linked to, it was probably taken in 1922, the year Clara Kimball Young appeared in The Worldly Madonna, so it would depict the Dome Theatre that burned with the rest of the pier in 1924. But you’re right, the old theater would not have been called the Fox Dome, as the West Coast Theatres circuit was not taken over by Fox until a few years after the new Dome Theatre was built.

Arty on June 7, 2015 at 4:12 am

There’s a great 1950 moving picture scene of the Fox Dome in WOMAN ON THE RUN (1950), near the end. This is a great, newly restored copy of this once lost Ann Sheridan film noir. Playing at the Dome is THE BIG LIFT with Monty Clift and THE FORTUNES OF CAPTAIN BLOOD, with cartoon. Even the month seems clear: May. The Dome sparkles; so the does the film it’s in, darkly.

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