Fox Theatre

6508 Hollywood Boulevard,
Hollywood,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Fox Theatre

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Opened in 1918, as the second theatre on Hollywood Boulevard to be name Iris Theatre. It was built by P. Tabor who employed architect Frank Meline, to design a Romanesque style theatre, with a brick facade.

It was re-designed by architect S. Charles Lee in July 1934 and was given an Art Deco style. That survived until 1968, when a new facade was erected and the name was changed to Fox Theatre in December 1968.

The Fox Theatre was operated by Fox West Coast Theatres, National General Theatres and lastly by Mann’s Theatres. The Fox Theatre was closed in 1994, due to earthquake damage. The building remained closed to the public for over a decade, although for a while it was used by Mann’s Theatres for storage.

In 2009, millions of dollars were spent by new owners, to convert the building as a ‘lounge/club’ named the Playhouse. It re-opened in Summer 2009.

Contributed by Cinema Treasures, Ken Roe

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socal09
socal09 on January 13, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Monika: yes, I mixed up the Ivar and the Vine. The Vine is the one with the light show. I believe the Ivar was purchased by the Los Angeles Film School to use as part of their campus.

William
William on January 13, 2010 at 7:13 pm

The Laserium show at the Vine Theatre closed last month.

Pine
Pine on January 14, 2010 at 9:02 am

I remember an x rated theater on Hollywood Blvd close to Western Avenue, across from the St. Francis Hotel. This was back in the 1960’s. Was that the Pussycat? Not sure of the name. A middle aged woman worked as the cashier. She had a huge bouffant died hairdo, and heavy makeup. I was a teen and never walked on that side of the street, thinking it was tainted. When I walked past the St. Francis Hotel. I’d hear people talking to me as I passed their windows. My dad would send me to an Italian place behind a fast food fried chicken place to pick up a container of ravioli. We lived a few blocks west of there.

William
William on January 14, 2010 at 10:11 am

Pine, The former Apollo Theatre show x rated around that time as the Star Theatre. The Apollo Theatre was located at 5544 Hollywood Blvd. just west of Western Avenue.

hollywoodtheatres
hollywoodtheatres on April 6, 2010 at 1:59 am

DOCUMENTARY ON CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD CINEMAS – Lookn for interviewees, photos, videos of old hollywood

Hello,

I’m and independent filmmaker working on a documentary about old movie theatres in hollywood (Iris, Warner, Pacific, Hollywood, Vogue, Grauman’s Chinese, Egyptian etc..) that have had an impact on the hollywood community, both as a symbol of Hollywood as well as the historical and heritage effects it has had on “hollywood” as an industry. We are profiling theatres that are currently functioning as well as the obsolete. If you worked in these theatres back in the day (during their highlights) and have interesting stories to tell, photos to show, video to talk about I would like to hear from you. Many older movie houses are being demolished due to new developments and it is important to help future generation know and understand how these movie palaces have helped shaped the Hollywood we know today. If you have any photos or videos with personal stories you’d like to share, please contact me (323) 876-0975 – – You must owns the materials you are willing to share (taken the picture- recorded the videos, written the letters, etc…)

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Classic Hollywood Cinemas
Box 3204
Hollywood, California 90028

socal09
socal09 on April 6, 2010 at 9:35 am

Tinseltoes: The Playground club opened last year in this space. The lobby is now the Sweet Love Hangover diner.

Zeke
Zeke on October 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm

An Estey theater organ opus 1925 size 2/10 was installed in the Iris Theater in 1921. Note: Moved from Queen Theater Long Beach, California.

This note was posted in 2007. I have the 1955 Golden Jubilee Book from Immaculate Conception Church in Monrovia, CA. and in the section on the church choir it is stated “A much appreciated step was taken by Father John Moclair, then pastor, when in 1935 he purchased a fine organ from the Fox Hollywood Theatre.” They probably called it the Fox because it was 1955 when the theatre’s name was changed to Fox. Also in the Jubilee Book was an advertisement for Ed J. McDonald the “Builder of the Church Organ”. Mr. McDonald probably modified the organ from a theatre organ to a church organ. I used to play the organ in the 60’s and remember seeing unused relays for traps and a toy counter.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 14, 2012 at 9:48 am

The description currently says that the Iris was renamed the Fox in 1955. This house was still called the Iris at least as late as April, 1962. Here is a photo of the Iris with “2 Academy Award Winners” on the marquee, and the award winners are Two Women and The Hustler, both of which won Oscars in the ceremony held on April 9, 1962.

I can’t swear to it, but I think the remodeling/renaming took place in 1964. I do know that the tacky false front they slapped on the building when the theater was renamed was pure sixties.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 14, 2012 at 10:05 am

I’d forgotten that kenmc already posted this comment three years ago, quoting from a 1968 Times article about the renaming of the Iris. It was December 20, 1968, when the house reopened as the Fox.

GaryParks
GaryParks on April 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm

The previous Hollywood Fox was the one previously known as the Music Box, then—after being Fox, had its signage altered to read PIX, then became the Henry Fonda. So THAT would have been the theatre renamed Fox in 1955, whereas the Iris kept its name until the 1968 remodeling.

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