Fox Anaheim Theatre

229 W. Lincoln Avenue,
Anaheim, CA 92805

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Fox Theatre exterior

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Brown brick building was built and opened in 1920, and it large orchestra with small loge seating area. A large back stage area behind the movie screen, with ceiling grid and fly ropes & pullys, a remnant of live theater & vaudeville days. A large basement beneath the stage with dressing rooms and make-up room.

The theatre was located on the north side of W. Lincoln Avenue, near the north-east corner of Lemon Street.

I was an usher there while in High School and college in the 1960’s. One time the pop/soul group The Platters performed there live. Another time the Reverend Billy Graham had a lecture there.

It was demolished in the 1970’s to make room for the downtown shopping center. I saved one wooden pin from the rope/pin rail, and one brick from its demolition.

Contributed by William Gabel, Ray Harp

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 19, 2005 at 8:09 pm

One more from the same source. Elvis rules.

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papibear
papibear on April 2, 2006 at 10:03 am

As the first two photos provided by ken mc show, a children’s Halloween parade was held on Center Street. This continued at least throughout the 70s. I remember because I was in the 1974 parade. I think I only saw one movie at the Fox, the 1974 dog adventure “Benji.” Oh, boy, did us kids cry like babies over that one. We just LOVED that dog.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 8, 2007 at 7:22 pm

When was the Fox demolished?

LRShingle
LRShingle on August 1, 2007 at 3:54 pm

The picture is of the old Fox Theater in Anaheim. The parade taking place is the childrens halloween parade. This is not the California Theater. The California Theater was further east on Center St (later renamed Lincoln Ave). The California Theater became a furniture store later. The Fox Theater that was converted to a restaurant was in Fullerton. And the Cinemaland Theater that is mentioned was further south on Harbor Blvd, across from Disneyland.One more note. Across the street from the Anaheim Fox Theater was a restaurant that had glass tiles inlaid in the side walk and at night the sidewalk lit up.

Lyght
Lyght on October 15, 2007 at 12:34 am

From the link Lost Memory posted on Oct. 17, 2005 (see above), the California Theater and Fox appear to be the same building, L. R. Shingle. The marquee appears to be the only difference.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 15, 2007 at 7:56 am

The history of this theatre is well documented in both text and photographs. It was built in 1920 for the Gore Brothers and Sol Lesser, operated by their company, West Coast Theatres, for several years as the California Theatre, and later was renamed the Fox Theatre, operated by the successor circuit Fox-West Coast. Here’s a 1923 photograph of the theatre when it was the site of the premier of the movie Main Street.

It is possible that there was a later theatre in Anaheim also called the California, opened after this theatre was renamed, but this theatre definitely bore the name California Theatre before it became the Fox Theatre.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 10, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Here is an undated photo from the LAPL, probably from the 1920s:
http://jpg2.lapl.org/theater1/00014407.jpg

RayHarp
RayHarp on March 17, 2010 at 6:28 am

The Anaheim Holloween Parade mentioned above passed in front of the FOX ANAHEIM THEATER annually. The parade started at La Palma Park, went south on Harbor Blvd., turned left on Lincoln Avenue (formerly Center Street), passed the FOX, then ended behind Lincoln School. Because the streets were closed-off by the A.P.D., it was very difficult to get to the THEATER on parade day.

RayHarp
RayHarp on March 17, 2010 at 6:46 am

Back in the 1960s, Anaheim was BIG on parades.
And, one time, another parade passed the ANAHEIM FOX THEATER.
In 1967, when the Anaheim Convention Center Dome first opened, the
Ringling Bros./Barnum & Bailey Circus came to town, and had a huge old-fashioned circus parade heading west on Lincoln Avenue, right in front of the THEATER.

Working there that day, I stood in front of that old FOX THEATER as elephants, giraffes, clowns, and circus wagons with lions & tigers all passed in review, (followed by circus staff with shovels and wheelbarrows!)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 25, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Is that 49 cents for a double feature?Not a bad deal.

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