Fox Redondo Theatre

300 Diamond Street,
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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prmd
prmd on June 22, 2013 at 10:56 pm

I appreciated the memories shared regarding the Fox Redondo Theater and the wonderful remarks regarding Dan Ashcroft. He was an incredible police officer and human being. I was very surprise to read that someone remembered seeing the “Squires” playing during the Midnight shows intermissions. The theater also played our new surf album during regular showtimes for the intermissions.

My brother and I formed the Squires band in 1962 and played primarily at the Grand Theatre in Torrance, The Torrance Rec Center, the Roller Drome, and the Revelaire Club,and many high school proms. All of the Squires joined the military between 1965-1966. Upon discharge, we restructured the Squires and reformed as the Rock of Ages. We played in nightclubs until 1977. Long live the Squires and the Fox Redondo.

tnavel
tnavel on March 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm

to remember the fox redondo. i used to go mostley to saturday afternoon showings. they had two movies and a cartoon plus they had a man(i think his name was roy)who did magic tricks and would collect dr. pepper bottle caps in trade for toys. in the back of the balcony they had a room with windows so mothers with crying babies could go. there were about a dozen seats in there. the cost then to see the movies was 35 cents. they also woul show shorts like sos coast guard or gang busters and flash gordon. sometimes we would leave early and go climb on the rocks in the break waters.i could use the telephones in the lobby and call my mom when the movie was over for 5 cents. our phone prefix then was frontier. i met my wife there at redondo high but i was going to pacific shores. her name was louvisa jo stanley

MJuggler
MJuggler on July 5, 2011 at 7:41 pm

just found some old photos from 1942 on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ron_felsing/3314639934/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/ron_felsing/4712907989/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/ron_felsing/4712907973/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/ron_felsing/4712907945/in/photostream/ very cool!

carolynechristy
carolynechristy on October 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm

WOW! I hope this great group of people is still thriving, writing, remembering and sharing all of it’s interest and enthusiasm for what I also remember as “The Diamond” of all the glorious theaters from the exciting days of the birth of the movie biz. Outside of the sphere of all life within closr proximity to the “original Hollywood”… there grew a whole other world, originally known as Hollywood Riviera, which is where the lives & the legends of places like The Fox began. Although I’m just dying to chatter and connect immediately… I know that there is a MAJOR, untapped (as far I know) source of personal info. that I must try to reach before I do anything else. He will be so thrilled, and he comes from three generations of family, that not only lived through the earliest days of the development of the South Bay, but also lived and grew up partaking in the Fox Theaters earliest glory days… of evening gowns, live performances, silents & talkies, and celebs & red carpet openings aplenty! His first name is Steve… but I must try to reach him ASAP so he can relate , personally, all the stories he grew up hearing from his dearest grandmother, Marie (even I heard many of them) as she would recount her wonderful early life and her very special memories. Hope you will still be keeping this site going until I get a chance to return to it. Reading everyone’s memories has given me one of the most special afternoon experiences in quite some time! Until then… Carolyn

michelemc
michelemc on April 27, 2009 at 2:24 pm

I was in Hansel and Gretel at the Hampton Players, Christmas 1962. Anyone remember that?

dukespal
dukespal on February 3, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Wow, what a site I just discovered. I too sat thru movies at the Fox in late 50’s thru about ‘64. The last show I remember seeing there was “Mondo Cane” late '62 or early '63. I also remember Battle of the Bands across the street at the Library grounds, the Squires, Bel Airs and even a new act Sonny & Cher played there. About the Fox, I remember the Sat. matinee shows and “sailing popcorn boxes” at the stage. Also with my friends we loved to harass the “makeouts” from the balcony. We also had a way of “sneaking in” to the strand, one guy paid I think 50 cents, went upstairs and opened the fire escape door when the ushers were busy, we boosted each other up onto the exterior ladder and we were “In.” I remember seeing “Journey to the Center of the Earth” there- 1959.
Redondo was an ideallic place to growup in the early 60’s, the Pier fishing for Bonito like a previous post or from the Sacramento Barge, surfing Ainsworth, Saphire, C Street, Burnout and Haggerty’s Cove. Remember King Harbor being constructed. The “Surprise Store”, delivering the Daily Breeze, etc. I lived ½ block from RUHS on Juanita Street, the house is still there,unlike the Fox, The Strand, Central Elementary and our Little League field & recreation center which was located where the current Redondo Police station is. Does anyone remember the Canteen Dances?
Curious,
BillS

Schrader
Schrader on November 25, 2008 at 1:39 pm

Thanks, Redondo Theater. I’ve passed the news about Dan on to my Dad; he always thought highly of the Ashcrafts.

DanDelasantos
DanDelasantos on November 25, 2008 at 1:12 am

Schrader and BrucieB, I happened across your posting regarding Dan Ashcraft and his daughters. I happen to live down the street from them for a few years and dated Lisa while I was there. I thought Dan was an exceptional man and I was honored to know him at the time. Lisa and I traveled back and forth to my home town Lake Havasu City a few times and played around the beach are until i left the area. We have kept in touch on occasion and I believe she may still live in Westminster, CA. i believe Dan still lives in Fallbrook, CA near the golf coarse. While we haven’t spoken in a while I happened upon a mutual acquaintance and asked to pass my best regards on to the family. I can recall most all the theaters along the beach area as i was growing up there in the 60’s before heading to Lake Havasu for a few years. I have fond memories of staring at the Dominator as it sat lifeless on the shore breaking up with every wave.

DanDelasantos
DanDelasantos on November 25, 2008 at 1:11 am

Schrader and BrucieB, I happened across your posting regarding Dan Ashcraft and his daughters. I happen to live down the street from them for a few years and dated Lisa while I was there. I thought Dan was an exceptional man and I was honored to know him at the time. Lisa and I traveled back and forth to my home town Lake Havasu City a few times and played around the beach are until i left the area. We have kept in touch on occasion and I believe she may still live in Westminster, CA. i believe Dan still lives in Fallbrook, CA near the golf coarse. While we haven’t spoken in a while I happened upon a mutual acquaintance and asked to pass my best regards on to the family. I can recall most all the theaters along the beach area as i was growing up there in the 60’s before heading to Lake Havasu for a few years. I have fond memories of staring at the Dominator as it sat lifeless on the shore breaking up with every wave.

mujerado
mujerado on September 14, 2008 at 9:04 pm

I went back to Redondo, about eight months ago, after not having seen it for about 45 years. The things that have changed outnumer the things that are the same, but my Grandma’s house, up the hill on Lucia Avenue, is still there, a different color now, but otherwise the same as I remembered. I missed the last days of the Fox, and of the Strand Theater too. It really is good to share some of the memories everyone has left here. Thanks to the people who run this website and to all you folks who remember the Fox as fondly as I do.

A70Fish
A70Fish on September 14, 2008 at 6:32 pm

Do you believe in magic? Well, I believe theirs some kind of magic in this life. The other morning while watching a music video called The Story, which takes place in an old grand style movie theater, I started noticing similarities with the Fox Redondo. I thought wow, deja vu all over again; both had similar balconies, ornate ceilings, and those huge curtains. That thought left me with a curious fascination that felt as if I had been dipped into liquid memories. The memory of the Fox Redondo had been long gone and I found myself wanting to recall more about the Fox in Redondo where I spent much of my youth. So with a flick of the wrist and Google I found this web site. And like all of you who left your memories here I to possess some truly terrific times that took place in that majestic Fox.

I want to find out some details about the stairs going up to the balcony. I’m hoping those details will help me remember some of those precious memories. I remember the basic stories I have but not all the details. I should remember the little things like the stain on the carpet where I sat all the time in the balcony or how sticky the side of the armrest was or how someone scratched the side of that armrest with their fingernails down to the bare wood. I know I’m fishing for titbits like I use to fish for Bonitos in the breakwater but who knows what will surface in that head of mine if I read the correct words. I do however, remember the mark or little tear on the screen.

Does any one out there remember what the highest price for a ticket was before the price fell to 75 cents? Would any one remember how many stair treads there are going up to the balcony? I should know those things because I’ve been up those stairs enough times but I just can’t remember right now. I do remember some odd little things I use to do from that time. Sometimes other than riding my bike I would walk from our house on 2nd street in Hermosa up to PCH, down past the King Harbor arch, the down to the Thrifty Drug store to buy a scoop of cherry vanilla and a balsa wood glider. On my way there I would count things like the cracks in the sidewalk, or my foot steps, out of state plates, or anything else that caught my attention, and yes the stair treads going up to the balcony. Well, with a little help I’m sure some of those details will come to mind to help write a short story or two.

As a kid and from about the early sixties tell the doors closed for the last time in the early seventies would be my memories of the Fox redondo. I think this is so unreal without a doubt, all this desire to write from a music video. How cool is that?

You know, all across our country on any given Friday or saturday night there are movies in the park or movies in the dark. I bet it wouldn’t be too difficult to organize a small event like that. The event could take place right on the same spot the Fox Redondo stood. I went to Redondo High and finished in 72. Cruising was a big part of that time for me. We would all gather at Captain’s Corner (parking lot by the salt-water pool). Now on a Friday in that same parking lot theirs Ruby’s Dinner, they host a weekly car show with cars from the 30s to the early70s. Organizing a movie event with a car show seems like a no brainier to me. And I wouldn’t be surprised to find a story there. Well, just an idea to think about.

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on April 19, 2008 at 12:52 pm

FYI… since 103 Diamond Street no longer exists, I’ve updated the address with the nearest existing street address. That way, people will be able to find the approximate location.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 21, 2008 at 7:59 pm

If you look at some of the later photos, the ice cream shop later became headquarters for the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Schrader
Schrader on March 21, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Wow! That’s a beauty!

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on February 16, 2008 at 6:48 pm

Dear Mr. Frandsen, As A former MGR for Fox West Coast/ National General and Mann Theatres,in the San Francisco Bay Area from the early 60’s to mid 70’s I can truly greive with you as to what Ted Mann did to the nations largest theatre chain. I truly believe he only bought it for real estate purposes only. He closed every theatre from San Francisco to San Jose (sold, I mean) so fast it would make your head spin! So many of the theatres he closed were making money head over heels, but he closed them anyway. It did not matter whether they were new or old, he closed them.If it had not been for him I would still be with that company and it is now 2008!!

mujerado
mujerado on November 14, 2007 at 8:58 pm

Wow, it’s wonderful to see so much posted about this wonderful theater! My granmother lived ¼ mile above there, on Lucia Ave. My cousin, my brother & I took turns staying with her during the summers, and a trip to the Strand was always included. I saw the original run of “Forbidden Planet” and Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” among many others, usually at the Saturday morning matinee. The pictures people have posted bring back many memories. I guess there are lots of us who loved the old place.

WERKSTATTE
WERKSTATTE on November 9, 2007 at 8:33 pm

BG…There’s some good photos here, incl the FOX. The theater was located to the left of THE PLUNGE photo. The rink was upstairs, and the penny arcade was on the same thoroughfare. View link

bcgreeneiv
bcgreeneiv on November 9, 2007 at 8:09 pm

Terrance,

The roller rink was where my dad met my mom, I think.. I don’t remember anything but water being there, myself, but I heard from my dad about how it used to be in the 1940’s and 1950’s. It would be cool to see a picture taken from the same place before the harbor was there.
Bill

WERKSTATTE
WERKSTATTE on November 9, 2007 at 6:32 pm

DITTO! Are there any lobby photos out there? I saw the opening of THE BIRDS (1963) there. The PR was v. cool, with big crow cutouts swarming all around on the entrance’s pavement outside. B. Greene…The water area in your photo used to be a gentle, paved incline. The Roller Rink was to the left of the photographer, facing that street. There was also a penny arcade.

Schrader
Schrader on November 6, 2007 at 10:39 pm

Thanks, B. Greene, that picture’s just beautiful.

bcgreeneiv
bcgreeneiv on November 6, 2007 at 10:09 pm

It’s been most enjoyable reading everyone’s comments on the Fox, a theatre I visited several times while living in Hermosa Beach between 1963 and 1971. I saw “Mary Poppins” there, and my parents saw some of the James Bond movies there along the same time. It was a fine place, and I also remember it well as a landmark as we took walks in the area or I rode my StingRay bicycle around.

My dad grew up in Manhattan Beach and went to Redondo Beach High School between 1948 and 1952. I’m sure he has memories of the Fox also, since he mentioned roller skating at a rink he says was nearby.

I have one of our pictures from 1970 which shows the Fox theatre, although it is not the best quality, at
View link

It was a sad thing, all the changes that happened in Redondo in the late 1960’s thru 1971 when we left the area. I remember it seeming like every other old house could have been a stand-in for the Addam’s Family house! Too bad I don’t have more photos of that time!

Schrader
Schrader on October 12, 2007 at 1:15 pm

Thanks, ken mc! I hope Marl Protasel will visit this site someday. That DRACULA HAS RISEN…/FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED double feature was my first time seeing a horror movie in a theater. DRACULA HAS RISEN… was rated G for some reason, so my Dad took me to see it on a weekend afternoon. We only saw about eight minutes before I got too scared and we had to leave the theater. I’ve seen the scene that scared me since, and Dracula’s being seductive in it and this barmaid he’s about to bite is much aroused, but to me as a kid she seemed to be smiling from fright. Absolutely one of my top Fox Theater memories. Later I tried the double feature again, with my sister and a friend of hers, and when Dracula died at the end we were all teary-eyed with horror and compassion. FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED seemed kind of dull at the time, but I think it’s the better movie now.