Fox Dome Theatre

3014 Ocean Front Walk,
Santa Monica, CA 90405

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Arty
Arty on June 6, 2015 at 8:12 pm

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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 14, 2014 at 11:40 am

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.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 14, 2014 at 10:35 am

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.

http://disneydetail.me/2012/01/11/january-11/

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on February 5, 2014 at 3:11 pm

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

junglero
junglero on June 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm

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

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 10, 2010 at 10:42 am

Very nice vintage photos.

lwmulder
lwmulder on March 12, 2010 at 10:57 pm

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 6, 2009 at 3:51 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.

Joel Axelrod
Joel Axelrod on August 4, 2008 at 4:46 pm

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).

disneydave
disneydave on May 22, 2008 at 9:56 pm

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.

seymourcox
seymourcox on October 25, 2007 at 7:42 am

These maps show two theatres named (#21 & red dot between #13 & #26)Dome, and one (#18) Strand Theatre. Is this Strand listed on CT?
www.westland.net/venicehistory/histmaps.html
and
www.westland.net/venice/history.htm

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 24, 2007 at 12:39 pm

I rented Quicksand from Netflix a few months ago. Most of the film was shot in the Venice area. Interesting to see the area before the Marina was completed, lots of oil wells and seedy neighborhoods.

seymourcox
seymourcox on October 24, 2007 at 11:40 am

This theatre is used as a scene backdrop in the 1950 Film Noir “Quicksand”, starring Mickey Rooney, Peter Lorre, Jeanne Cagney, and Barbara Bates. Many believe this film to be Rooney’s finest performance!
www.amazon.com/Quicksand-Barbara-Bates/dp/6304680813

raybradley
raybradley on October 22, 2007 at 6:37 pm

Fox Dome is #21 on this 1922 map -
View link
and a photo view -
View link

ARTiber
ARTiber on August 11, 2007 at 11:32 pm

8/11/2007 20:26 Hawaiian

Fantastic!

Thanks for posting them!

ARTiber

haineshisway
haineshisway on August 11, 2007 at 10:26 pm

Clearly both from the late 20s/early 30s.

ARTiber
ARTiber on July 6, 2007 at 2:05 am

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Dome Theater, Dome Hotel Ocean Park California:
Wow I started out to write a brief note to my grandchildren about the late 1940’s when I lived I a old Hotel (the Dome) how we had a Dumbwaiter in the kitchen, whatever had been below was blocked off but it still worked we could pull ourselves up and down via the ropes still in place.
Looking at the picture the 2d floor windows are the room/apartments ours was on the other side of the Dome a one bedroom, large living room with pull down from the wall bed, Kitchen between with an ice box and pull down from the wall table. My father was a bookmaker on the front, and I had an almost full cart blanch every where! Theater free, Rides Free, some of the concessions even slips me a quarter or so to shill.
All in all it made for magical memories.

tiber

gumby4la
gumby4la on May 28, 2007 at 4:22 am

Does anyone remember POP having a wall at the entrance adorned with lions heads spouting water from their mouths? My husband found a lion head years ago in a field in Venice and was told it was from POP. We both grew up lucky enough to have visited POP on several occassions, but neither of us can place the lions heads. Thank you for anyone responding. J Wuethrich

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 18, 2007 at 4:33 pm

Johnny V: You are mostly correct. Web references to the theatre-based Mickey Mouse Clubs of the 1930’s do usually name the Fox Dome Theatre in Ocean Park the home of the first chapter. However, your date of 1939 is off. The date most commonly given for the inauguration of the club is January 11, 1930 (though some websites give dates as early as 1929). What is certain is that the Disney Company published a bi-monthly newsletter called “The Official Bulletin of the Mickey Mouse Club” for distribution to club members, and the first issue was dated April 30, 1930.

johnnyvegas
johnnyvegas on January 18, 2007 at 3:21 pm

Just a little bit of trivia. It’s my understanding that the very first Mickey Mouse Club was created at the Dome Theater in 1939! I saw many a movie and Saturday morning cartoons at the Dome. I lived in Ocean Park at the time. Very fond period of my life.

haineshisway
haineshisway on February 12, 2006 at 7:25 pm

Spent many afternoons and evenings at the Dome – what a great theater it was. My grandparents lived at the Hotel St. Regis, which was located on the opposite side of the boardwalk (literally across the street from what would become the entrance to POP). Great pix above!