Telenews Theatre

1906 Broadway,
Oakland, CA 94612

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This one-time newsreel house was lost many years ago. It was one of many theaters that once lined Oakland’s Broadway.

Contributed by William Gabel

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gsmurph
gsmurph on June 10, 2004 at 12:16 pm

The Fox News opened July 8, 1942. It had a broadcasting studio in the downstairs lounge from which vital news programs with topics of the day were broadcast.

Noted news analyst William Winter was the star guest at the opening, interviewing the newsreel cameramen who covered the war fronts.

gsmurph
gsmurph on April 20, 2005 at 1:56 pm

The Telenews operated as the Globe from 1954 to 1956.

MADDRICK
MADDRICK on April 30, 2005 at 4:26 am

Telenews Theatre had a broadcast booth in the lobby where John K. Chappel would do his news radio broadcast.

gsmurph
gsmurph on September 19, 2005 at 1:40 pm

The Telenews was an annex of a fairly grand (older, I believe) office building on Broadway and 19th Street which (though the theater itself is long since demolished) still stands, though vacant for quite some time.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 28, 2005 at 8:49 pm

There was also a Telenews Theater in San Francisco, as seen in this photo from the SF Public Library website:

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 17, 2007 at 10:03 am

Here is a 1950 ad from the Oakland Tribune:
http://tinyurl.com/2zs7gn

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on March 17, 2008 at 12:05 am

I doubt this theatre was ever operated by the Fox West Coast chain of theatres.This type of operation was not their style.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 17, 2008 at 2:48 am

William Fox established what was probably the first Newsreel theatre in the U.S. in 1929, when he converted the Embassy Theatre in Times Square to an all-newsreel operation. The Fox company closed the house in December, 1933, and it was re-opened in 1934 by Newsreel Theatres, Inc., a company founded by two former employees of Fox’s Movietone News division.

While Fox and his partners had planned to open a nationwide chain of newsreel houses following the success of the Embassy, I don’t know that this ever happened. The depression hit, and not long after that William Fox lost control of the company. Fox Movietone News, though, continued to be a major supplier of footage to the companies such as Telenews that did operate specialized newsreel houses. This Cinema Treasures page is the only place I’ve ever heard of the Oaland Telenews having been called the Fox News Theatre.

The Telenews chain opened its first theatre, the San Francisco Telenews, in September, 1939. Telenews ran footage from the newsreels of all the five major companies, but they were cut together and supplemented with local footage by the managers of the individual theatres. An article about the Telenews company was published in a scholarly journal a couple of years ago, but I’ve never read it as you need a subscription to do so.

However, an interesting bit of background dug up by the Dallas Historical Society for one of the authors of the article can be read online right here.

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on March 17, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Joe, Your above story is very interesting. I worked for that chain for so many years, but had never known Fox was into that type of exhibtion. Just of course his beautiful palaces he either had built or bought from other exhibitors. I do remember being in SF one time with my uncle and we were on Market St., we were in the area of the old Telenews Theatre and I insisted on going in there. So he bought the tickets and went inside. After about 5 minutes I was bored and wanted to leave. I remember it being a small theatre and sort of dumpy. Needless to say I never asked to go there again. ( I was probably abour 10 years old then!).

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 22, 2008 at 12:24 am

Here is a March 1950 ad from the Oakland Tribune:
http://tinyurl.com/3j84b4

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