Fox Florence Theater

1536 E. Florence Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90001

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Fox Florence Theatre exterior

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The Fox Florence Theatre opened in 1932 and was designed by architect S. Charles Lee. The theater’s main entrance had a courtyard with a fountain that had fish and a statue in the center. The courtyard had boutiques all around and at the end of the courtyard was the entrance to the theater, which had four or six very large doors.

To the left and to the right were two spiral staircases. The theater seemed large, with just over 1,700 seats.

The Fox Florence Theatre closed around 1965 and was torn down around 1968. This theater looked similar to the Fox Arlington Theater which still operates today in Santa Barbara.

Contributed by Joe Lieras

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Nean024 on September 10, 2006 at 10:33 pm

For some info about the Fox Florence and its architect, see Maggie Valentine’s book “The Show Starts on the Sidewalk: An Architectural History of the Movie Theatre Starring S. Charles Lee.” He did indeed work for a time for Rapp and Rapp.

I am writing an architectural history Masters thesis on California theatres with courtyard entrances, using the Fox Florence, SB’s Arlington, and Palo Alto’s Varsity Theatre as examples. Right now the discussion rests upon the convergence of Spanish Revival style trends and exotic theatre design in CA in the later ‘20s and early '30s, local architectural context, and practical conditions for the use of courtyards (ie to place auditoriums farther back on the lot, works with climate, etc.). Any insights into this seemingly rare typology would be welcomed.

kencmcintyre on May 10, 2007 at 5:58 pm

Two from the CA State Library on this page:

kencmcintyre on July 3, 2007 at 6:06 pm

There is a Rite Aid store on the site now.

kencmcintyre on July 3, 2007 at 6:16 pm

Opening date was 4/8/32.

kencmcintyre on August 15, 2007 at 12:15 am

Listed as the Fox West Coast in the 1938 city directory.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 15, 2007 at 12:55 am

There was another Florence Theatre, built in 1921 on Moneta Avenue (South Broadway) near 72nd Street. It was listed under that name in a 1924 city directory. I don’t know if it’s on CT under another name or not.

kencmcintyre on August 15, 2007 at 1:25 am

I don’t think it’s listed. Is that one also called the Florencita?

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