Fox Compton Theatre

136 E. Compton Boulevard,
Compton, CA 90220

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Mid `50's photo courtesy of Kenneth McIntyre.

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The Compton Theatre was opened prior to 1941, and was a District 3 Fox house in its heyday.

Contributed by William Gabel

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Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on December 5, 2007 at 9:24 am

I’ve got a program from the Compton Symphony Theatre. They are not showing Fox films (in November 1925) except for a Tom Mix Saturday matinee. There is no address listed other than East Main. Here’s the program… View link

William on December 5, 2007 at 10:06 am

The 1932 edition of Film Daily lists the Symphony Theatre in Compton with 832 seats. In 1944 F/D lists 4 names for Compton: Big Top (no seat count), Fox Compton (618 seats), Symphony (no seat count), Fox Tower (1000 seats). In 1955 F/D lists two theatres Fox Compton and Fox Tower. The theatre could have been part of the West Coast chain which would later become Fox West Coast Theatres.

pincin on June 9, 2008 at 12:17 am

I remember The Compton – which was completely different from the Compton Symphony Theatre (which ceased to be in 1933). As noted, it was at 136 E. Compton Bl, which, if you were facing east and standing at the intersection of Compton and Willowbrook Av, was on the right side of the street. (I never remember the theater actually being open; I think Fox abandoned it at the end of the 1950s at the dawn of the “white flight” from Compton). It was in the block just before the major department stores, which included a JC Penney’s (which had the most exquisite mezzanine) and the JJ Newberry’s store (which had wonderful hardwood floors). I think people confuse the two theaters because Tamarind was a nearby cross-street for both. (That entire area was completely demolished in the 1970s, so all of this is from memory). There was a Bank Of America branch and the Compton Raceway (slot car racing) across the street. I once saw an interview with James Coburn in which he mentioned that, during his youth in Compton, he was hired to change the lettering on the marquee at the Compton Theater, which he did for a number of years.

MJuggler on April 29, 2010 at 1:43 pm

I can’t believe that no one has a photo of this place which was in use until the ‘70’s. I’ll dig around.

MagicLantern on June 17, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Just a parking lot now.

Nathan on January 3, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Hello everyone, I came up with some images of the Compton and’ve put them online for all to enjoy — View link

Jessica6 on April 4, 2013 at 10:38 am

I remembet this theater. But when I saw it, it was gated off. I remember seeing the box office, and there was trash everywhere. Last ive seen the sidewalk stores and theater was torn down and not its a strip mall.

Jessica6 on April 4, 2013 at 10:47 am

Sorry about the spelling. I used my cellphone to post. Yes, Nathan. That’s the one. :)

rlpars on April 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I’m reading Film Daily 1937. It says Compton 618 , Tower 1000, Symphony I have 832 can’t remember where I found it, Big Top 0. When thy had the Earthquake they move all the stores. They had all of the stores in a Big Tent That where the Big Top was at where Fry Roofing was also Tom Mix Wild West Show was there. I work at the Compton 1954-55 Tower 1955-56, I got to go to both Theaters.

raywsfo on October 29, 2013 at 3:22 pm

When we lived on Butler Street in Compton in the mid 1960s we used to take a bus down Compton Blvd, to the Compton Theater and see films on a Saturday afternoon. Compton was a safe, wonderful community at that time. I remember the JC Penny store was very close.

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