Fox Van Nuys Theatre

6417 Van Nuys Boulevard,
Van Nuys, CA 91401

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VicGroves
VicGroves on July 5, 2013 at 3:25 am

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

jaw444
jaw444 on January 15, 2012 at 4:30 am

i remember Coffee Dans and Bushs Stationary

holland53
holland53 on November 1, 2011 at 12:42 pm

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.

EBDanam
EBDanam on March 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm

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? ==

davidaswad
davidaswad on October 18, 2010 at 3:09 pm

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….

davidaswad
davidaswad on October 15, 2010 at 5:03 pm

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…..

drb
drb on February 17, 2010 at 12:37 am

There are vintage photos that show the Fox here

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There’s over a hundred more scans of Valley post cards at that site.

http://www.valleyrelics.net/

snakepapa
snakepapa on February 7, 2010 at 8:24 am

Does anybody remember the Biffs restaurant at the corner of Vanowen and Van Nuys blvd? When did it go out of business? Great burgers there.

Beatriz51
Beatriz51 on December 10, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Also I would like to add to my first comment. Our class toured The Daily News in January of 1960, I do have a picture of our class on the field trip. And the newspaper clipping they gave to all of us that attended. (Memories) although I can’t even remember the names of my classmates..lol

Beatriz51
Beatriz51 on December 10, 2009 at 3:13 pm

I can remember growing up on Calvert St & Delano in Van Nuys, CA during 1955-1957. Used to go to Delano Elementary? Did they change the name? I was around 5-6 yrs old. We had to move to make room for the Police Station and I remember there being an ice skating ring there, anyone remember this?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 12, 2009 at 2:09 am

Here is an August 1960 ad from the Van Nuys News:
http://tinyurl.com/lbzg9n

RubenChavez
RubenChavez on May 25, 2009 at 12:03 am

Does anyone know how to contact Larry The Duck?!! It’s very important in regards to Mikes Pizza. 530-682-3368

shande
shande on May 18, 2009 at 5:32 pm

My uncle was the 17 year old manager of the Van Nuys Theater when Marilyn Monroe (Norma then) was a “candy girl” with him.
My mom (last name Shields) oldest girl of 9 children, grew up on Archwood St. between Kester Ave and Cedros Ave.
They also took the Red Car to Hollywood Bl.
My grandfather was the first employee manager of the first trash co. in the valley G.I. Rubbish Co. now Waste Management Co.
All siblings attended Van Nuys High School and elementary school with names like Jane Russell, Bob Waterfield,Marilyn Monroe, and many more. Younger siblings went with Don Perdome and bunch I can’t remember now.
My mom worked at Thrifty Drugs on Van Owen and V.N.B., she also was a car hop at Bobs.
It’s fun to hear stories from them about that era (40s and 50s) when we get together. My mom is visiting from Nevada and we just now got back from driving around the valley she has been gone from Ca. since 1980. It’s so different she had a hard time remembering where things were!
Great site.

renegade
renegade on February 21, 2009 at 12:35 pm

& the thread continues.
I used to eat and drink at the Moongate. I knew Phil and his sister Mary who ran the place. I also employed Mary’s daughter at the Americana Theatre which I managed. She was under age but I was directed from upper management to hire her. I also ate at the Red Barn directly across the street where Parthenia made a bend.

Jimbo
Jimbo on February 21, 2009 at 8:53 am

….. and, later in life, I used to take the ‘ol P.E. all the way to the Navy
shipyards in Long Beach until the line closed – 1961 …. a group of us used
to ride from Long Beach to the Valley for $1.50 !!

We would come home Friday afternoon, pick up a date and hit the ‘ol Fox
for an evening date …. then off to Phil Ahns “Moongate Inn” for late dinner.

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renegade
renegade on February 20, 2009 at 7:11 pm

Gotta comment. Back in the late 40’s my mother used to walk me over to Vose Street and Van Nuys Blvd. to catch the Red Car which then went down the center of VNB and turned left on Chandler and over the Cahuenga Pass and down Highland to Hollywood Blvd. to a theatre. The interesting thing about the Red Car was when we got to the end of the route the conductor pulled a box on a pipe out and took it to the rear of the car and started back. The Red Car yard was where the buses are at Sherman Way and VNB. The Red Car quit going out to Canoga Park in 1941.

I can’t find from previous posts but my first 3-D movie was at the Fox.

Jimbo
Jimbo on February 20, 2009 at 6:45 pm

My Mom used to take me to the Thrifty’s lunch counter, then we’d catch the
‘ol “Red Car” (Pacific Electric) and ride to Glendale to visit my Grandmother.

For my birthdays, we’d always got to the Choo-Choo restraunt down the street on VNBL, and have our hamburgers served on a Lionel train ……

You won’t find any of that stuff around anymore …..
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renegade
renegade on February 20, 2009 at 6:03 pm

I first went into that Thrifty’s in 1957 with girl friends. Our favorite order was a Cherry Coke that the waitress would call in as ‘One Virgin’ then after a short while we would change the drink to a regular coke just to hear her call it in as ‘rape it’. She had such a great sense of humor. She was even on to us for turning a water glass upside down with the cash register receipt and pull the receipt out. After the first time she grabbed the glass and water went all over she would put the bus tray up to the counter and slide the glass into it.

And wasn’t it Carl’s drive in across the street?

The guy that ran Heads'n'Highs was in a wheel chair.

How about Kings Western Wear with Levi’s for $3.25 each…

AllenB
AllenB on February 20, 2009 at 5:34 pm

My dad had an optometry shop right next to the Fox in the 60’s and 70’s. It was actually part of the Fox property at the time and he was renting the space from them. He knew the manager of the Fox at that time and when I was little my brother and myself always were able to get in for free. I used to know the whole Van Nuys area extremely well. I haven’t been down to the area in a long time. I’m afraid of what it has turned into. Anybody remember eating at the restaurant in the Thrifty Drug store at Van Nuys and Vanowen? What great years those were. I’m sad my kids will never be able to have that type of childhood.

SalvageSailor
SalvageSailor on February 15, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Some things still remain,

If you go into the head shop by the DWP and walk to the back, look up. The skylight still has the old ‘Heads n Highs’ grafitti and posters up there. The blacklight room is still there too, now an ‘employees only’ store room.

The Army Navy surplus store is still on the Boulevard too, though only a shadow of it’s former self.

gmawafer
gmawafer on February 15, 2009 at 2:15 pm

My sister went to Winnetka about that time. Her name then was Sharon Gade. This is the best website. It’s nice walking down memory lane. Poor Van Nuys Blvd. That place use to be so nice now its a mess.

renegade
renegade on February 15, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Boy, that was quick! No on the schools – I’m way older. When we lived at 15048 Sherman Way between Sepulveda and Kester I went to Hayvenhurst Elementary 1945 to 1948. We moved to Canoga Park that year and I went to Winnetka Elementary ‘til 1952 and then to Sutter Junior high to 1955 and off to Canoga Park High School to 1958. Then Pierce 'Junior’ college and then off to manage various motion picture theatres. As I recall the Fox theatre had some kind of a platform or raised area in the back possibly for handicapped.

gmawafer
gmawafer on February 15, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Gary, did you go to the same schools? Where did you live?

renegade
renegade on February 15, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Seems the question about A&W has been answered. It was in the 7300 block east side of Van Nuys Blvd. between Sherman Way and Valerio St. My friend smashed his Corvair on a post in the back while watching a girl on roller skates! To Marilyn. I went to the Rainbow Roller rink at 14318 Calvert between Sylmar Ave and Tyrone Ave from 1956 until Stan and Roy closed it and it reopened as an Ice skating rink called Iceland as I recall. Stan went on to build what was called the Cinnamon Cinder and Roy opened the Northridge Skateland at 18140 Parthenia in Northridge.