Fox La Brea Theatre

857 S. La Brea Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Fox La Brea Theatre

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In the late 60’s, this former Fox movie house became the Toho Theatre which ran films from Japan. (The Toho also opened a theater off Broadway in Times Square in the 60s.) The old marquee was taken off in the mid 80’s.

If you have the DVD for the film "How the West Was Won" in the short film about "HTWWW", you can see a shot of this old Fox theater.

Today, the former Fox La Brea is used as a church.

Contributed by William Gabel

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decoteau
decoteau on March 14, 2009 at 3:29 pm

This theatre was owned by Dan Sonney at one point. He and his daughter discuss this in the documentary Mau Mau Sex Sex.

William
William on February 22, 2010 at 1:08 pm

There once was a rooftop sign that said Fox La Brea Theatre.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Here is an interesting article about the re-opening of the theater in June 1960, from Boxoffice magazine:
http://tinyurl.com/yd776gp

William
William on June 2, 2010 at 9:49 am

You should add to the also known as Art La Brea above.

LarryDickman
LarryDickman on January 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm

During the summers of ‘70 and '71 (and maybe before, but not after I’m pretty sure) the Toho La Brea ran a several-week-long series they called the “Monster Film Festival,” consisting of a headliner feature and some revolving second features. In 1970 the main feature was “King Kong vs. Godzilla” and one of the seconds was “Matango.” (I remember calling the theatre and the nice woman referred to the film as “Matango, Fungus of Terror.” Little did I know, it was the actual title of “Attack of the Mushroom People,” parts of which I’d already seen on Channel 9!) I never got to the festival that year, much to my regret. In '71, tho, I begged and pleaded with the folks to take me because the festival’s main feature was none other than “Destroy All Monsters.” Quite upset at having missed “Destroy” during its initial AIP release in '69 (with “The Terrornauts”) and one of its reissues (with “The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant”!), to a monster-crazy pre-teen this engagement seemed like a gift from movie heaven. The second feature that day was “Dagora, the Space Monster,” another picture I’d caught parts of on Channel 9’s “Strange Tales.” I learned two things at that memorable double feature: 1.)that creature features played better when they weren’t dubbed, and 2.) you could never have too many of those Carnation ice cream sandwiches with the red and silver foil…

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 19, 2011 at 12:22 am

The May 9, 1960, issue of Boxoffice featured a photo on the front of the Modern Theatre section depicting the auditorium of the recently-renovated Art La Brea Theatre.

A fuzzier version of the same photo was one of several that illustrated an article about the opening of the house, which had been closed for some time, in the June 6 issue of Boxoffice.

LouRugani
LouRugani on August 26, 2012 at 4:32 am

In the early 1960s a television documentary (which may have been “Hollywood and the Stars”) had a clip of the closed La Brea Theatre to illustrate the onslaught of television.

anntompkins
anntompkins on October 3, 2013 at 10:58 am

My husband and I saw Diabolique there while he was in college (on the GI Bill) in 1955 which had to have been just before it became the Toho.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 3, 2013 at 11:52 am

The Fox La Brea was closed for a while in the late 1950s before being renovated and reopened as the Art La Brea Theatre in 1960. I’m not sure how long it lasted under that name, as I remember it being called the Toho La Brea by 1963.

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