Fox Van Nuys Theatre
6417 Van Nuys Boulevard,
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Previously operated by: Fox West Coast Theatres, Mann Theatres, National General Theatres
Previous Names: New Van Nuys Theatre, New Fox Van Nuys Theatre
The New Van Nuys Theatre opened October 9, 1924 with Rin Tin Tin in “Find Your Man”. It was taken over by Fox West Coast Theatres on August 2, 1936 and renamed Fox Van Nuys Theatre. It was a district 2 Fox house. It was remodeled and reopened as the New Fox Van Nuys Theatre on September 24, 1958. Later operated by National General and then Mann Theatres, it was still open in 1977.
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If anyone wants to see a shot of Van Nuys Blvd. and Sylvan St. from the 1960’s watch the opening sequence of Jerry Lewis' “The Family Jewels”. I remember what a kick it was watching it at the Fox and seeing the theater I was in on the sceeen. Also saw A Hard Day’s Night there and remember girls were screaming in the theater.
Now that was real Beatlemania…..
Another tidbit for you, The Fugitive episode called “See Hollywood and Die” (veoh.com) was shoot in the valley. You can catch the south part of VNB with Ontra’s cafeteria also 110 frwy sans traffic.
i must get a life….
I grew up in Van Nuys and my mother took us to the movies every Fri. night or Saturdays. I think i remember the FOX theater had another name before it was called the FOX? Doeas anyone remember this? ==
Remember seeing in the 60’s mostly Doris Day films. Was luxurious to me as a kid, and I remember quite big, even compared with Panorama Theatre where I went all the time and was a separate building. The main entrance and the lobby had a special grandeur to it which was more like the Hollywood cinemas. Nice to see the old postcard with Van Nuys Blvd….those were the days.
i remember Coffee Dans and Bushs Stationary
I worked in this theater in 1953. I couldn’t stand the uniforms they made us wear, so I quit and worked at the Rivoli where they didn’t have uniforms. A guy named Sloane was the manager and the asst’s name was Allsop. Not a fun job.
Minimum wage in those days…$0.65 per hour
The original Van Nuys Theatre opened May 26, 1917. The New Van Nuys Theatre relocated from Sherman Way to its new $35,000 home in the Shacklett Building on Van Nuys Blvd. The theatre launched with Rinty in “Find Your Man” October 9, 1924. On August 2, 1936, the theatre along with the Rivoli become part of the Fox West Coast Circuit. It was renamed the Fox Van Nuys Theatre, a moniker it held until its closure. Though when Fox was forced to divest itself of theaters by consent decree in 1951, National General took on the Fox West theaters. In March of 1973, the sale of National General to Mann Theaters was announced and became effective in July 1973. Mann would drop the theater at the end of January 1977 with the theater becoming an independent in February 1977. A month into its indy run the Fox Van Nuys becomes a sub-run 99 cent house.
This reopened as the Fox Van Nuys on September 24th, 1958 Fox Van Nuys opening Tue, Sep 23, 1958 – 5 · () · Newspapers.com
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Closed in 1978 and reopened (per LA times listings) on August 24th, 1990 and closed again in 1991.